MACN Reaches 100 Members

MACN is delighted to announce that with the recent additions of ZIM and Frontline to our membership, the organization now numbers over 100 companies across the maritime sector. MACN’s members now represent a major percentage of the global world fleet by tonnage and play a key role in ocean transport and global logistics.

MACN Chair, John Sypnowich, noted the symbolic significance of this milestone for the organization:

As an industry led organization, we have strength in numbers. By having more and more companies join our cause, we have a better and better chance of making a difference and eliminating all forms of corruption.  Together, as an industry, we are taking a stand.

MACN was established in 2011 as an industry-led collective action initiative, to stamp out corruption in the maritime industry and to promote inclusive trade. Since its inception, MACN has become one of the preeminent examples of an industry led network taking tangible collective action to eliminate corruption across the wider supply chain. By working in partnership with the industry, governments, and civil society, it has been successful in tackling corruption through country-specific actions in locations as diverse as Nigeria, Indonesia, Egypt, and Argentina. 

MACN Programme Director, Cecilia Müller Torbrand, noted the impact corrupt practices on the shipping sector:

Corruption is a real threat to the people who work on our ships and it damages our business and reputation. MACN has received over 25,000 anonymous reports of corrupt demands to-date. Only last year MACN received over 260 anonymous incident which were directly related to the safety of crew.

It is a problem that is too-often excused as being too hard to solve – ‘it is the way things have always been done’. While the shipping industry is not alone in facing this enormous problem, we have shown unparalleled leadership in spearheading business-led anti-corruption efforts. 

The stronger our membership, the greater the impact of our collective actions. Shipping companies, working together to refuse corrupt demands, have been undertaken projects in Nigeria, Argentina, Indonesia, and Egypt. Our ‘Say No’ campaign in the Suez has been a particular success. This has shown that as an industry we can fight corruption and win. And we can do this better than anyone.

Save the Date: March 27-28, 2019 | Shanghai

We are pleased to invite all MACN members to save the date for the next Members meeting, which will take place on March 27-28 in Shanghai, China.

Members meetings are a great opportunity to share best practices and challenges, network with other members, and shape progress on our collective actions.

Please block the dates now, and we look forward to seeing you there!

MACN Welcomes over 100 Participants to Members Meeting

MACN was delighted to welcome over 100 participants to the annual Fall Members Meeting in London on 3-4 October.

We were honored to have speakers from the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Unilever, and Boards of multinationals. We also heard from expert MACN partners including Soji Apampa and Guillermo Jorge.

The MACN Secretariat presented MACN's new country strategy for collective actions, and members shared some inspiring front-line stories on successes in fighting corruption.

Thank you to all speakers and members for a great two days!

Save the Dates for 2019

MACN Spring Meeting
27–28 March 2019, Shanghai

MACN Fall Meeting
30–31 October 2019, Amsterdam or London

BIMCO Supports Push to Step Up Fight against Maritime Corruption

At the 42nd session of the International Maritime Organisation’s Facilitation Committee (FAL) in London on June 5-8th, BIMCO has backed a request made by The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) for the IMO and member States to fully recognise the scale of maritime corruption and to take a stand against this type of crime.

Supporting this work, BIMCO has advised the IMO about the BIMCO Anti-Corruption Clause for Charter Parties. The clause addresses corruption by providing industry players with a way to respond to unlawful demands for gifts or cash.

“BIMCO supports the push against maritime corruption and can help the industry by offering tool that industry players can use in the fight against unlawful demands and corruption,” says BIMCO Head of Maritime Technology and Regulation, Aron Frank Sorensen.

The BIMCO Anti-Corruption Clause is designed for use in both voyage and time charters and sets out a series of steps that contracting parties can follow in co-operation to resist unlawful demands.

Should these steps fail, a number of options are available through the clause, with termination by either party being the ultimate sanction. The termination option has a high threshold in order to avoid misuse such as an easy way out from an inconvenient charter.

Recognising the challenges that the industry is facing from corruption, the IMO Committee, member states and organisations have decided to strengthen the work against corruption and propose ways to do so, ahead of the next IMO Facilitation Committee meeting.

Source: BIMCO

MACN Nigeria Collective Action Impact Report

MACN is just published an impact report on our work in Nigeria. It describes the work we have done together with our partners including training of 1000 local stakeholders in ethics and integrity, supporting the approval and implementation of the harmonized port procedures and the launching of a grievance mechanism where companies can complaint when they have been faced with corruption.