UN's International Anti-Corruption Day
- Saturday 9 December is the International Anti-Corruption Day, a global campaign organised by UNODC and UNDP.
- This year's theme is "United against corruption for development, peace and security", focusing on how corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.
- Join the conversation at #UnitedAgainstCorruption.
“As our vessel went through the Suez Canal, pilots would refuse to support the Captain and even harass him during the entire passage, yelling and distracting operations.”
Claudia Bech, a former Maersk Line graduate, recalls some of her experiences in Ship Management. In her first position in 2015, she was responsible for carrying out anti-corruptions initiatives in operations. The problems were very real, but a focused anti-corruption effort based on data tracking and structured communication between captains eventually proved pivotal in eliminating facilitation payments in the Suez within a year.
Today Claudia Bech works as a Marine 24/7 Manager handling marine execution for all vessels calling the America's.
"Honestly, I am happy to say that we haven't seen any cases for a long time now. But it's not easy. Captains are still fighting and we need a continuous focus on this," she says.
The corruption challenge
Every year USD 1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated 2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption -a sum equivalent to more than 5% of the global GDP, according to the United Nations. As a response, the UN's global campaign International Anti-Corruption Day each year zooms in on the societal impact of corruption and how to fight it.