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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.

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Collective Action Manager, South Asia Lead – Copenhagen, Denmark

Location: Copenhagen

Reports to: MACN CEO

Contract: Permanent contract

Period: 1 July – 23 September 2021


The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is a global non-for-profit business network working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large. Established in 2011 by a small group of committed maritime companies, MACN has grown to include over 150 companies globally, and has become one of the pre-eminent examples of Collective Action to tackle corruption.

MACN collaborates with key stakeholders, including business, governments, civil society, and international organizations to identify and mitigate the root causes of corruption in the maritime sector. To meet this objective, MACN implements Collective Action projects at port level that address both the supply and demand side of corruption. Several stakeholders, including the UN, OECD, DANIDA, Siemens Integrity initiative, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Transparency International, corporate foundations and government agencies have recognized and financially supported MACN’s efforts to facilitate trade and combat corruption in the global maritime supply chain.


The Collective Action Manager will work in close cooperation with Associate Director for Global Operations & Industry Engagement and Associate Director for Collective Action & Partnership Development, communication resources, and MACN local Collective Action partners. The position will be primarily responsible for project execution of MACNs work in South Asia, and will lead and oversee the MACN South Asia Collective Action initiative covering India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Responsibilities will include compliance tool development, public-private sector collaborations, and in-country project execution. The position requires up to 80 days international travel and regional travel across South Asia.


Project Implementation:

  • Lead Collective Action projects and manage a team of internal staff, project partners and external contractors
  • Lead, govern and oversee grant funded projects with established project work plans including working closely with MACN’s local partners to ensure success of the projects. This includes frequent travels to the countries in the area of responsibility and to engage with local project partners and external stakeholders.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Plan and execute stakeholder engagement with the maritime industry, government representatives and civil society
  • Engage with the maritime industry beyond the MACN membership, driving and promoting MACN’s work and vision.
  • Supporting engagement and recruitment of regional companies to participate in MACN Collective Action initiatives.
  • Building a strong network of regional research-institutions and Anti-Corruption focused NGOs to promote partnerships for implementation and/or scale of MACN Collective Action projects.

Thought-leadership and External Communication

  • Report and communicate project results and impact through external communication and donor reports
  • Keep up with the latest developments in MACN’s areas of expertise and contribute to MACN’s published thought leadership.
  • Coordinate with the MACN communication lead to regularly review and suggest updates for website content on MACN as needed (homepage, events, articles, reports, etc.).
  • Act as the spokesperson for the Collective Action projects which fall under this position, speak at external events and conferences to promote MACNs work and mission.


  • 5-10 years of international project management and/or transport and logistics experience.
  •  Min. Bachelors degree in a relevant field such as shipping, International Development, Law, Development Economics, Transport and Maritime related fields or other relevant area
  • Experience in anti-corruption, bribery compliance, Collective Action methodologies or related fields
  • Experience from managing complex grant projects, including donor reporting, financial management, auditing and overall grant compliance
  • Experience from working in South Asia, and international field work
  • Experience from facilitating public-private sector dialogue and engagement with civil society
  • Experience from the transport and logistics sector, and in particular the maritime and port sector
  • Ability to operate effectively and sensitively in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple project deadlines.
  • High ethical standards and commitment to MACNs mission
  • Fluency in English required, and additional languages are a plus

3 June at 13:30 – 14:30 CEST – Webinar on Sanctions

In this seminar we look forward to welcoming Jeff W. Cottle back to MACN as a guest speaker to talk about the latest trends and updates on sanctions with focus on shipping and trade.

Jeff is Partner at Norton Rose and focuses on all aspects of compliance program design. He has extensive experience in the compliance-related issues and is adept at devising solutions to both the strategic and tactical compliance-related issues faced by companies, especially in high-risk markets. Jeff also handles internal investigations of potential breaches of company compliance policies and/or law, as well as the defense of investigations by regulators and enforcement agencies. His practice spans the substantive areas of Anti-Corruption, trade sanctions, and export controls. Jeff has held senior positions as in-house compliance counsel at major corporations headquartered in the United States, Europe, and Australia.

The Teams’ link is in your Member Area on the Welcome page (the page you meet when you first log in)

MACN CEO Cecilia Müller Torbrand guests on The Lloyd’s List Podcast

The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Shipping’s quiet corruption revolution

Despite its reputation for opaque business practice, the shipping industry has, over the past decade, been going through a quietly effective anti-corruption revolution. The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network now represents over 50% of the global fleet and commands serious leverage when tackling systemic corruption wherever it finds it. Joining the podcast this week is MACN’s chief executive Cecilia Müller Torbrand.

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MACN Board new members – Press release


Capt. Rajesh Unni (left) and Øistein Jensen Join the MACN Board

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Capt. Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO Synergy Marine Group and Øistein Jensen, Chief Sustainability Officer at Odfjell SE have been elected to the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) Board of Directors.

Cecilia Muller Torbrand, CEO of the Network said, “Captain Unni and Mr. Jensen bring valuable operational and commercial insights to the Network’s leadership team, and I would like to thank both of them for their commitment to building the capacity and reach of our organisation.”

Founded in 2011 by a small group of committed maritime companies, MACN has now grown to include over 150 member companies holding 50% of the world’s shipping tonnage. In early 2021, MACN formally become an independent stand-alone organization.

Capt. Unni commented on his appointment: “The UN SDGs provide us with an important and compelling framework of targets that I believe can help us all build a more resilient and sustainable maritime industry. Fighting against corruption is central to those aims. It is a great honour to step up our work with MACN which brings together so many people and organisations committed to the common goal of ridding our industry of corruption.”

Øistein Jensen said “I have seen MACN grow into one of the world’s leading example of an industry-lead anti-corruption initiative. We have made substantial progress in an area many thought was impossible. I am really looking forward to MACN’s next chapter and the further progress we can make as a Network.”

John Sypnowich, MACN Chair, welcomed the new appointees: “Capt. Unni will bring the voice of ship managers into the Board. He is a champion of seafarer rights, a vocal supporter of shipping’s net-zero emissions ambition by 2050 and has a vast network in the industry.  Mr. Jensen’s professional focus on sustainability is an increasingly important part of our industry and he has a long-standing commitment to MACN. Both are recognized industry leaders and will serve the Membership well.”

On 5- 6 May, MACN held its largest Members meeting to date welcoming over 300 Member representatives, guest speakers and experts. During this meeting two Board members were also re-elected: Mr. Aaron Powell, BP Shipping and Kevin Leach-Smith, Taylor Maritime Ltd.

About MACN:
The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) was established in 2011 by a small group of maritime companies committed to the vision of an industry free of corruption. It has grown to include over 150 companies globally and is recognized one of the pre-eminent examples of collective action to tackle corruption.

MACN and its members work towards the elimination of all forms of maritime corruption by raising awareness of the challenges faced, implementing the MACN Anti-Corruption Principles and co-developing and sharing best practices, and collaborating with governments, non-governmental organizations, and civil society to identify and mitigate the root causes of corruption; and creating a culture of integrity within the maritime community.

Capt. Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO Synergy Marine Group

Captain Unni commanded tankers before returning ashore to serve with distinction in senior executive ship management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2006 he launched his own vessel ownership and management company which now holds a diverse fleet of more than 400 vessels. Driven by a firm conviction that shipping must rapidly evolve from analogue to digital, Captain Unni is joint CEO of Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT) which he founded in 2017. Captain Unni is a Class 1 Master Mariner graduate from Mumbai’s LBS College of Advanced Maritime Studies and Research and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.

Captain Unni sits on the boards of the North P&I Association and the Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee for major classification societies and is a Governor at the Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli. He is a strategic thought partner with prominent changemaking network Ashoka. And he was recently nominated to the board of the Gandhigram Rural Institute, a university in Tamil Nadu which forms of part of Mahatma Gandhi’s progressive vision for provincial children’s education. Captain Unni is also a committed philanthropist. As well as being a trustee of the Cochin Cancer Society, he spearheads the Synergy Educational and Charitable Trust which focuses on alleviating poverty, eradicating hunger and empowering women and local communities in their efforts to build a better future.

Mr. Øistein Jensen, Chief Sustainability Officer at Odfjell SE

Mr. Jensen has been an active MACN Member representative for several years and Odfjell has been a Member since 2013.  Øistein is Chief Sustainability Officer at Odfjell SE.  In this role, Øistein has overall responsibility for sustainability, compliance, and strategic safety for the group. Øistein has been part of Executive Management in the group and was appointed to this role in August 2020 as a part of the company’s dedicated focus on sustainability.

Øistein is an executive with broad experience in naval leadership, management consulting, corporate governance, and shipping. Øistein was previously a director at PwC Management consulting for 10 years, working on strategy, ESG, and compliance. Øistein came to PwC from the Navy where he served as captain of a submarine and commander for the submarine command training.


MACN Welcomes 320 Participants at the Virtual Spring Members Meeting


MACN was delighted to welcome 320 participants to the annual Spring Members Meeting on May 5-6, 2021.

The meeting covered a mix of plenary sessions and working group activities on MACN’s tools, innovation streams, and Collective Action initiatives. The first day concluded with a General Assembly for all Members.

We also heard from expert MACN partners including Soji Apampa, The Convention on Business Integrity, Fernando Felipe Basch, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi and Mr. Artem Serhiiovych Volkov, Head of Maritime Law Practice – Law Firm «ANK», attorney-at-law, arbitrator of UMAC under the Ukrainian CCI.

Thank you to all speakers, members and observers! 

Save the Dates for 2021

MACN Fall Meeting

October 6-7, 2021 (Virtual)

Upcoming Online Spring Meeting 2021


We look forward to welcome our members at MACN’s Virtual Spring Meeting, the 5th and 6th of May, 2021!

The meeting takes place over 2 days to cater for our members’ different time zones, May 5 will be for Asia and Europe, and May 6 will be for the Americas and Europe.

Although the meeting will take place online, we have designed an exciting agenda where you will have the opportunity to engage with peers through a new online event platform, as well as hear from some of MACN’s partners from different countries.

Reasons to work collectively to tackle corruption – International Anti-Corruption Day 9 Dec

By Cecilia Muller Torbrand, Executive Director, Maritime Anti-Corruption Network

Twenty years ago, a man was traveling down a coastline carrying a bag of cash and his job was to make sure shipping industry operations “worked smoothly.” Twenty years ago, foreign bribery was tax deductible, and the link between good governance and social economic development had not been fully recognized.

Twenty years later, it is recognized that corruption hampers trade, creates unfair opportunities, and numerous studies have shown that small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) often suffer the most from corruption as they do not have the resources and capabilities to properly resist it.

The shipping industry’s attention is too often captured by new technology, and while there is no doubt this is part of our future, it provides for a convenient distraction over immediate challenges such as our ability to combat corruption and address the related risks that seafarers face daily:

“Port authorities threatened to delay the ship and fine us $60,000 for an error on the ships fuel declaration. Then he asked for $7,000 to help us have no problem.” Ship’s Captain

“Port authorities claimed to find cockroaches on board and threatened to fine the ship. For 10 cartons of cigarettes, we can make them go away.” Ship’s Captain

“Your passport visa and yellow fever vaccine certificate are not according to the rules and this is a fine of $ 10,000. Then he asked for $1000 to help us have no problem.” Ship’s Captain

With the inception of MACN ten years ago, the industry started to build capacity and around how to tackle the issue of corruption on an industry-wide collaborative basis, instead of working in silos. Fairly quickly, MACN found ways to get governments involved in finding constructive solutions. Today the industry can take pride in the practical and tangible tools MACN has developed to combat corruption and to demonstrate that it is possible to make progress through an inclusive model of engaging stakeholders through public private partnerships.

To support International Anti-Corruption Day, MACN is pleased to see the role senior leaders are playing to push for a corruption free ocean trade:

Kitack Lim, Secretary General, IMO: “The maritime industry is frequently exposed to the risk of corruption. Shipping is part of a vital multinational transport and logistics chain, delivering 11 billion tonnes of goods annually – including much-needed medicines and protective equipment during the pandemic. However, research has identified that seafarers may be subjected to corrupt demands, such as unlawful requests for payments to allow ships to enter and depart the port or disproportionate penalties applied for minor errors. This can lead to interruptions to normal operations, delaying ships and creating a risk to navigation and seafarer safety. The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network’s (MACN) anonymous reporting mechanism has collected close to 40,000 reports of corrupt demands globally.  This is most certainly a cause for concern.

 Why is it important for our industry to tackle corruption through collective action?

Soren Skou, CEO of A.P. Møller Mærsk A/S says: “Corruption is a global issue with significant impact on societies, economies, companies and individuals. We, at Maersk, and as a global logistics company, operating in many countries with high corruption exposure, play a significant role in shaping the agenda when it comes to fighting corruption. We initiated the “Say No to Corruption” campaign on our vessels in 2011. This led to the formation of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network with Maersk as a founding member. Now MACN has more than 140 members from across the maritime industry all taking on the challenge of fighting corruption.”

Bjoerge Grimholt, President & CEO at Wilhelmsen Ships Service says: “Lack of transparency fuels corruption and, as such, we need to be more transparent and share experiences through a network of like-minded organisations to have a remote chance at starting to tackle this serious issue. Together, as an alliance, we will increase the impact and credibility of any individual action. This will in turn level the playing field between competitors.”

 Capt Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO of Synergy Marine Group: “Corruption consistently endangers the morals of the entire world and not just our industry alone. It is a cancer and is our rightful duty to challenge it both individually and collectively to create an impartial, safer, and brighter future for the generations ahead. If we do not take a stand against it now, we are invariably supporting it and we will most certainly continue to fall victim to its damaging effects. Because of its rampant spread and deep rooted history over centuries in most aspects of our daily lives, the fight against corruption cannot be an individual effort, but needs to be a collective and altruistic effort by everyone in our industry looking to make the world a safer place.”   

Corruption has been around since the first moment humans created organized societies around 5,000 years ago. However, we do not have unlimited time on our side and resilient change is needed. In MACN’s 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day blog, we asked if we are winning or losing the battle – so are we?

In many ways we believe we are on the right track:

IMO and governments worldwide are recognizing the issue of corruption and how it hinders international trade. IMO’s Facilitation Committee addresses the ship/port interface and is currently working to develop guidance to implement and embrace anti-bribery and anti-corruption practices and procedures to assist all stakeholders in that interface.

MACN represents 50% of the worlds tonnage thus our collective voice is strong when engaging in dialogue with governments. Companies are no longer working on their own and progress has been made with creating a level playing field.

Governments and the shipping industry are addressing these issues through collective action and public-private partnership – it is recognized that efforts on both sides are needed to fight corruption.

It is essential we back the seafarers who operate our ships 24/7– the industry needs to empower seafarers to stand their ground when saying ‘NO’, and governments need to support and, in turn, empower their staff to act with integrity.

Only together we can reduce trade obstacles and improve port operations, which will enable a safe working environment for the seafarers, and we can incarnate better access to global markets for local businesses.

Upcoming Online Fall Meeting – 21 October

We very much look forward to welcome our members at MACN’s Virtual Fall Member Meeting on 21 October!

Though we are still sad that we had to cancel the in-person meeting, we hope the day will be engaging with the exciting agenda we have designed!