Speakers Announced for MACN Fall Members Meeting

MACN is pleased to present four external speakers for the MACN Fall Members meeting, which will take place in London on October 11-12, 2017.

  • Thomas Lüthi is founding partner of Pohlmann & Company, a multidisciplinary law and consulting firm established in 2012 and based in Frankfurt and Munich. From 2007 to 2010 Thomas was Corporate Compliance Officer of Siemens AG. In this role he was directly involved in a U.S. DOJ and U.S. SEC settlement for several corruption cases. Prior to founding Pohlmann & Company he also advised MAN (2010) and Ferrostaal (2011) during their settlements with the German authorities.
  • Soji Apampa is co-founder of The Integrity Organisation Ltd. Gte (1995). He has been actively involved with the designing, resourcing and supervising of programme implementation that has helped to make the strategy of “empowering people, their transactions, systems and institutions against corruption” relevant to Nigeria.
  • Dominic Johnson is a Partner at HFW in the Admiralty and Crisis Management Department. He focuses on collisions, groundings, total loss, fire and explosion, wreck removal, salvage, piracy, limitation of liability and both civil and criminal liabilities. He also deals with insurance coverage, and other shipping and offshore related commercial and contractual disputes.
  • Aron Cramer is President and CEO of BSR (the secretariat of MACN). In addition to leading BSR, which has grown substantially throughout his tenure as President and CEO, Aron advises senior executives at BSR’s more than 250 member companies and other global businesses on the full spectrum of social and environmental issues.

Collective Actions Updates | June 2017


MACN took part in the EU-OECD workshop “Supporting the Development of the Suez Canal Economic Zone, and Creating a Business-Friendly Regulatory Environment”, in Cairo on May 22. MACN’s presentation was well received by the authorities. The OECD and EU will be working with the Suez Canal to implement a number of integrity measures, including integrity training and accountability mechanisms. MACN will review and provide input to the recommendations that the OECD is developing for the Economic Zone Authorities.


MACN is engaging with the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG) to explore a partnership to implement phase 3 of the collective action in Indonesia.


MACN’s local training partner, Soji Apampa (co-founder of the Convention on Business Integrity) has now fully implemented the “train the trainer” concept in in Port Harcourt, Onne, and Calabar. Over 100 private sector and public sector representatives have now been trained. The MACN Secretariat is now assessing how to move forward with end user training, in coordination with the local training partner.

MACN Article in WCO News

World Customs Organization (WCO) News has published an article by Martin Benderson. The article explains MACN’s Collective Action approach and details the benefits of united action to tackle corruption in the maritime industry.

Fundamental to MACN’s collective action approach is that sustainable solutions to tackle corruption must be enabled by, supported by, and beneficial to key stakeholders. Dialogue with stakeholders is, therefore, a critical part of MACN’s collective action projects, securing commitment and buy-in from local stakeholders in specific countries and ports. Customs authorities are a key stakeholder in MACN’s collective action projects, as they play a central role in the clearance of goods through maritime ports worldwide.

Please download the issue here (PDF) or visit the WCO News website.

Collective Actions Updates | May


MACN was pleased to take part in the EU-OECD workshop “Supporting the Development of the Suez Canal Economic Zone: Creating a Business-Friendly Regulatory Environment” in Cairo on May 22. We used this opportunity to inform local stakeholders of the zero tolerance campaign and to seek to build a stronger relationship with local government stakeholders.


The container tracking system used by the Jakarta International Container Terminal has been upgraded by the local authorities. MACN has been pushing for this upgrade since 2016, and we are happy to finally see this action being implemented. With the new upgraded systems, cargo owners can retrieve live data on the percentage capacity utilization of each of the four areas in the terminal (Dry, Reefer, OOG, and DG).


Additional integrity training of government officials is taking place at the end of May in Port Harcourt, Onne, and Calabar. The training will be executed by MACN’s local training partner, with support from the relevant government authorities and MACN’s partner TUGAR. This training will also include the “train the trainer” concept to ensure that the training continues at a local level.

Cecilia Müller Torbrand Joins BSR as MACN Program Director

On 24 April Cecilia Müller Torbrand joined BSR as Program Director for MACN.

BSR and the MACN Steering Committee are pleased with the appointment and the expertise that Cecilia brings to the role.

Previously, Cecilia worked as in-house senior compliance officer for Maersk Group. She has practical knowledge on how to implement concrete and results-focused initiatives relating to compliance, sustainability, and governance.

Cecilia has anti-corruption experience in management and frontline training, reporting, communication, risk management, audits, and tool development. She was one of the drivers for MACN and in 2015, she was awarded Compliance Officer of the Year by the C5 Women in Compliance Awards.

“I very much look forward to continuing to support the maritime industry in tackling corruption, to further driving MACN’s agenda, and to supporting MACN’s members in their work,” says Cecilia.

Sam Megwa, Chair of MACN, says: “Cecilia’s appointment as a full time resource for the MACN secretariat is a crucial step toward ensuring that we continue to advance the cause of the network and deliver on our strategy. I am very pleased to have a person of her quality and caliber as our Program Director.”

Notes Available from Dubai Member Meeting

The MACN team is pleased to share summary notes and full notes from the recent Members Meeting in Dubai.

In total, 85 representatives from 52 member companies, observers and guest speakers attended the meeting. High-level outcomes included:

  • With members’ approval of the strategy, the 2020 direction of MACN is set and implementation of the strategy is the key next step.
  • The three main strategy pillars (Capacity Building, Collective Action, and Culture of Integrity) and their respective roadmaps were presented at the meeting with positive member feedback.
  • The desired outcome of the strategy is to strengthen MACN’s core activities which means:
    • Build on member engagement to create a level playing field and provide support and tools to assist in strengthening members’ internal compliance programs;
    • Deliver result focused collective actions leading to more efficient port operations and reduction of corrupt demands;
    • Collaborate with key stakeholders to raise awareness of integrity issues across the supply chain and promote actions that strengthen integrity culture for private and public sector.

Thank you to all MACN members for your excellent participation! We look forward to seeing you at the next MACN full group members’ meeting in London, 11-12 October 2017.

MACN Featured in Nautilus Magazine

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.

Building a Culture of Integrity to Transform the Maritime Industry

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.

MACN Launches “Three Cs” Strategy

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.

We invite all stakeholders to download the MACN Strategy here. For more information, please visit the https://macn.dk/our-work/ page.

Digital Ship Week | Copenhagen, Denmark

iShipping Copenhagen 2017 has been developed by Digital Ship to take a bird’s eye view of the technical and digital developments and drivers we have seen emerging over the last few years. Across two days of keynote presentations, plenary sessions, panel discussions and round tables, we will look at how these are going to continue transforming the maritime industry.

Through the four key sessions, we will ask how the industry is responding to change, investigate what technologies will stick, and consider what we can do to make full use of the innovation curve ahead of us.

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