We have zero tolerance towards corrupt behaviour and participate actively in the fight against corruption.

Fighting corruption

Corruption negatively impacts communities and overall global economic development by channelling funds away from overt towards covert economies. Corruption also erodes the trust necessary to build healthy societies.

Corruption is a systemic issue with customs and practices deeply ingrained in societies and communities. These practices are not easily altered and taking a stand can, in many cases result in commercial losses. In A.P. Moller - Maersk, we work against all forms of corruption including reducing and eliminating facilitation payments, which are commonplace in the shipping and logistics industries. To increase the likelihood of success, we were instrumental in creating a collaborative forum to combat corruption in the maritime industries.

Facilitation payment demands remain a challenge for some parts of our businesses in some parts of the world and they remain a focus area for our anti-corruption compliance programme.

The maritime industry partners to fight corruption
Maersk Line is an active member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), a global business network working for a maritime industry free of all types of corruption. MACN supports a pilot project in Nigeria run together with local authorities and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The aim is to identify and address vulnerable elements in vessel port call processes where corruption is prone to take place.

This includes improving and harmonising public officials’ port clearance procedures. A new complaint mechanism enables companies to file a complaint when faced with improper demands from government officials. Anti-corruption training of selected officials was conducted, and anti-corruption policies have been developed for all relevant agencies.

MACN activities in 2015, where Maersk took a leading role included the planning of integrity training sessions with government officials and a best practice sharing session with port officials from inside and outside Nigeria. Both will take place in early 2016 and the outcomes will be used to develop tools to professionalise ports globally. Also in 2015, Maersk Line took a leading role in a MACN-driven “Say No”-campaign in the Suez Canal to eliminate facilitation payments related to canal transit.

We also maintain a place in in anti-corruption working groups in both the United Nations Global Compact and the Business & Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD.Governance

Read more about our progress and activities in 2016 (PDF)

Labour conditions

All Maersk employees are covered by a single set of labour principles designed to protect their rights and safety. These principles are informed by the International Labour Organization's fundamental conventions and are aligned with the UN Global Compact as well as the International Maritime Organization's labour convention.

A.P. Moller - Maersk is committed to compliance with all anti-corruption laws. Business and Maersk CEOs are responsible for incorporation of and compliance with Maersk's anti-corruption programme within their areas of responsibility. The implementation of the anti-corruption programme in daily business and operations takes place through continued training, use of contract compliance clauses, undertaking of business partner due diligence and risk assessments. Rules on facilitation payments, travel, meals, entertainment, gifts as well as charitable and political donations are available, as are rules on interaction with governments and public authorities.