The first MACN Members Meeting of 2017 will take place in Dubai on April 26-27.
In response to an article concerning the difficulties faced by captains in relation to corruption, MACN has been featured in Nautilus Telegraph, a leading industry publication. In the article, MACN Chair Sam Megwa and MACN Program Director Angie Farrag-Thibault share their thoughts on the issue and on the impact that MACN can have.
"We recognise the enormous difficulty that ship masters and officers face when they receive demands for facilitation payments", commented Farrag-Thibault. "The power of collective action and collaboration is that shipping companies and captains can feel that their counterparts are going to respond in the same way, and that they won’t be on their own – that a collective pressure will be brought to bear on those making the demands."
"We have been successful and have made headway in tacking corruption in some of the worst areas", Megwa explained.
It is a well-known fact that the primary aim of every business is to maximise profit. However, every business needs to be compliant to the necessary authorities to avoid sanctions and other related obstacles that could prevent it from flourishing. The dynamics of today’s business world necessitates the need for companies to ensure that they have the right compliance risk assessment in check to mitigate risk.
This Summit will be focusing as well as create the best platform to dialogue with colleagues from various industries on the best practices and real solutions to the challenges faced by many business owners regarding ethics and compliance issues.
This event is exclusively focused on senior management, and provides the attendees with a chance to have constructive and unconstrained communication between delegates and the speaker panel, which comprises of prosecutors, regulators, experts and many more. This open summit format will be combination of panel discussions and workshops to achieve maximal interaction. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in this Summit.
We look forward to welcoming you at the Summit in Lisbon!
MACN is pleased to present its new strategy, which is organized around the “Three Cs”: Capability Building, Collective Action, and Culture of Integrity.
The new Culture of Integrity pillar of MACN's work signals its ambition to tackle corruption in the maritime industry at the systemic level, with a recognition that reactive and preventative measures can take us only so far. MACN is delighted to have a large, strong, and committed membership to help us effect this change.
By Marianne Schreuder, Steering Committee Member, MACN
The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is a global business network working toward the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large. In the last five years, MACN has developed and shared practical tools and best practices on anticorruption and has initiated and implemented collective actions. Designed in collaboration with external stakeholders, such as port authorities and local governments, these collective actions have resulted in reductions in demands for facilitation payments in the Suez Canal, new regulations in Argentina that make it more difficult for officials to demand bribes, and improved ease of operations in Lagos, Nigeria, with the implementation of standardized operating procedures and grievance mechanisms. Thanks to the impacts of its capability-building and collective action programs, MACN has become a preeminent example of collaboration for tackling bribery and corruption.
The network’s rapid growth in the last five years has required MACN to adapt quickly and react to input from its members to determine its focus on collective action and capability-building. This agility will remain a key feature of the network. However, MACN is also launching a revised strategy to provide a clear framework for increasing its impact and global reach. The strategy expands and solidifies the work MACN has undertaken to date and is divided into three pillars, the “three Cs”: collective action, capability-building, and culture of integrity.
With its new “culture of integrity” pillar, MACN is setting out to completely transform the maritime industry. Rather than resolving issues as they arise or worsen, MACN now aims to shift the integrity culture of the maritime sector to a point where corruption is no longer entertained as a possibility in any port.
Why is MACN focusing on culture? It’s useful to consider a parallel with the maritime industry’s approach to operational safety—an area of direct relevance to the network. MACN captains and crews continue to face direct threats to their personal safety from corrupt officials when bringing ships into port, as the following testimony from one of our members indicates:
“This call during berthing, the [tug boat] pilot boarded the vessel after making the usual request for cigarettes. The request was declined by the vessel … [Later] I noticed that the stern was moving out … I knew something was wrong, and I asked the second mate to check the tug, only to be told that the aft tug had cast off the ship’s line and had left … It was totally unprofessional both for the pilot to leave and for the tug boat to cast off the line and leave without informing the vessel. Holding the ships to ransom and endangering the crew and vessel for what—a carton of cigarettes.”
As MACN members know—many through direct involvement in safety implementation—the maritime industry has spent a great deal of time and resources on safety measures and policies, with the aim of ensuring that our seafarers and offshore colleagues return home safely.
However, the industry has also long recognized that while providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety management systems (trainings, processes, toolbox talks, and forms) is a vital first step, it is not enough. Maritime companies clearly understand that to eliminate incidents, the organization must develop a culture of safety that governs every aspect of working life for all employees, whether they are based in an office, on an oil rig, or onboard a vessel. The mindset of the company and of its entire value chain governs the strength of its approach to safety.
This holds true for efforts to eliminate corruption. MACN members have led the charge and played a pioneering role in developing tools, trainings, and procedures to build capabilities internally and to drive the change externally. However, these will only take us so far. MACN members recognize that, as with safety, it is the culture that governs deep-seated change. By working explicitly on integrity culture programs, MACN will ensure a long-term, sustainable change of mindset across the industry, laying the groundwork to realize its vision: a maritime industry free of corruption.
More than 80 shippers and carriers, including many of the biggest players in the maritime industry, are a part of MACN. The power of MACN—its ability to influence legislation or drive change in ports—comes from the breadth and depth of its member base. These companies are creating a simpler, more efficient, and safer environment in which to operate; at the same time, they are helping themselves and each other by sharing their learnings. If you would like to join the movement for a maritime industry free of corruption, don’t hesitate to get in touch.