The Global Compact Network Bangladesh (GCNB)
The Global Compact Network Bangladesh (GCNB) is the local chapter of the United Nations Global Compact – the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world. The GCNB seeks to promote responsible business practices through the implementation of the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Local Network supports and guides Bangladeshi companies in integrating the SDGs into business strategies and operations through offering innovative programmes, multi-stakeholder engagements, training, guidance, tools and more.
The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has partnered with the UN Global Compact in Bangladesh to launch a Collective Action initiative on tackling integrity challenges in the port and shipping sector of Bangladesh.
The Global Compact Network India (GCNI)
The Global Compact Network India (GCNI) was formed in 2000 and registered as non-profit society in November 2003 to function as the Indian Local Network of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), New York.
As the UNGC local arm, GCNI provides a robust platform for Indian businesses, academic institutions and civil society organizations to come together to strengthen responsible business practices. The 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the core of GCNI’s work, ensuring this is understood and interpreted by businesses.
Furthermore, the GCNI with its Anti-Corruption focused initiative “Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET)” has introduced diverse initiatives towards promoting corporate governance by ensuring transparency and business integrity across all sectors in India. The Objective of CEGET is to minimize corruption by bringing diverse stakeholders together to exchange best practices, deliberate upon challenges and make policy recommendations to promote responsible business standards and transparency and ethics in general.
Global Compact Network Pakistan (GCNP)
Formally launched in December 2005, “The Global Compact Network Pakistan” is actively promoting the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact among businesses and assisting them and other stakeholders to engage in internalizing the principles in their organizational mechanism and reporting the progress to the UNGC annually.
Supporting the 10th UNGC principle of Anti-Corruption, the GCNP embarked on a journey with the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) in 2021 to engage Pakistan’s maritime industry’s stakeholders to combat corruption in their industry under “Collective Action Against Maritime Corruption.” The project is taking the lead to identify and assess the grossness of corruption and preparing a road map by involving numerous stakeholders including freight forwarders, custom agents, stevedores and government departments e.g. Customs, port authorities, importers and exporters to combat corruption in Pakistan’s Maritime Industry.
Bruchou & Funes De Rioja (Argentina)
In 2014, MACN members established a collective action initiative to promote the reform of the vessel clearance process for loading grain in Argentina, which had been flagged as an issue by MACN members. MACN partnered with Fernando Basch and Guillermo Jorge – two well-recognized lawyers and integrity champions —to drive this effort.
Basch is still MACN’s “voice on the ground”, engaging with authorities, local stakeholders, and industry players, and has been responsible for training relevant stakeholders, including inspectors, government officials and port agents, and leading the initiative to success.
Fernando Basch is a Partner at Bruchou & Funes De Rioja – a leading full-service firm in Argentina with recognized experience in governance, transparency, and compliance.
The Convention on Business Integrity (Nigeria)
MACN launched its first collective action project in Nigeria, in 2012. The project was developed on a multi-stakeholder approach, involving stakeholders from both public and private sectors in Nigeria and the maritime industry. Working closely with MACN in various capacities since 2012 and overseeing the local implementation of our project since 2016, is our local partner in West Africa – the Convention on Business Integrity (CBi) with whom we have worked very successfully. CBi provides project management resources in Nigeria and across other targeted African countries.
CBi was established in 1997 with the mission of promoting ethical business practices, transparency and fair competition in the private and public sectors. Over the years the Convention has continued to gain support and followers in West Africa and recognized globally as a very innovative and positive contributor from Africa to global best practices relating to the promotion of good governance– at the governmental level and vis-à-vis the private sector.
CBi is responsible for MACN’s training program for port officials as well as local research and advocacy efforts. The training serves as one important element of MACN’s port integrity project in Nigeria. CBi also assists in escalating issues to senior government officials and to the project steering committee appointed to drive the port integrity project forward.
Eldib Pandi (Egypt)
Eldib Pandi is an independent internationally recognized provider of marine services, marine survey services, marine legal related affairs and consultancy in Egypt. Eldib Pandi are also correspondents of the most prestigious P&I clubs around the world. We provide our services all over the country with offices covering the main ports and port areas, with prompt 24/7 emergency assistance.
As a part of MACN’s larger network, Eldib Pandi cooperates with MACN in working to achieve a more hospitable environment for its members by supporting and promoting the organization’s mission amongst its membership and local stakeholders.
ANK Law firm (Ukraine)
Law Firm ANK was established in 1996 and since 1998 have been ranked among “Top 50 Law Firms of Ukraine”. In December 2020 “Yurydychna praktyka” published results of their annual research of Ukrainian legal market, and in addition to being ranked in the top 50 law firms ANK Law Office has been recognized as #1 law firm in Ukraine in maritime law as well as the leading law office in the South of Ukraine (Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kherson), where the biggest Ukrainian ports and maritime terminals are located. The firm is a member of the international legal network of Geneva Group International and a member of GAFTA. As a member, associate member or consultant for Ukrainian and international business associations and lobby organization ANK takes part in development and discussions of draft laws related to investments, ports and maritime trade.
As part of the Ukraine Collective Action initiative a local HelpDesk has been set up by MACN through its local partnership with ANK. ANK supports MACN member companies and stakeholders prior to and during port and terminal calls. They will provide initial operational advice to the immediate situation and will liaise with and escalate cases to the local public authorities if required. Additionally, in liaison with the MACN secretariat ANK will support local communication efforts and raise awareness about MACN’s collective action initiative, carrying out an integrity risk assessment of port-related challenges. and assist in developing relevant Integrity Tools.
World Maritime University (Sweden)
The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden is established within the framework of the International Maritime Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. The mission of WMU is to be the world centre of excellence in postgraduate maritime and oceans education, professional training and research, while building global capacity and promoting sustainable development. WMU’s vision is to inspire leadership and innovation for a sustainable maritime and oceans future. WMU is an organization by and for the international maritime community and is committed to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
WMU and MACN signed an MOU providing for, inter alia, collaboration in the delivery of training and educational packages. As part of this MOU an Annual Maritime Business Integrity and Corruption Awareness (CORA) Seminar is held at the World Maritime University (WMU). WMU students work through challenging, real-life, scenarios that require moderation of conflicting interests and that teste human judgment and values. The CORA Seminar is conducted both by WMU faculty and MACN secretariat as co-lecturer for the seminar.
India Shipowners Associations (India)
MACN with the support of the Government of India, has launched a Port Integrity Campaign for the maritime industry in India. This campaign, which aims to reduce and (in the long term) eliminate integrity issues and bottlenecks to trade during operations in Indian ports, is a collective action of MACN, the Government of India, international organizations, and local industry stakeholders. The Port Integrity Campaign has been made possible not only by the strong commitment to it by various arms of the Government of India but is also driven by the support by other organisations who are part of the maritime trade of India. The key activities of MACN in India are driven in tandem with its local partner in this effort, the Indian National Shipowner’s Association (INSA).
Danish Shipping (Denmark)
Danish Shipping is a trade and employer organisation for more than 90 shipowners and offshore companies. Half of the members of the organisation own ships registered in Denmark, while the other half operate their activities from Denmark.
Altogether, the members of Danish Shipping own around DWT 33 million, which add up to more than 95 pct. of the Danish merchant fleet flying the Danish flag. Danish Shipping has been supportive MACN since inception and have been a valuable partner in the dialogue with the IMO and promoting MACNs work in Denmark, to the Danish government and among its members.
Norwegian Shipowner Association (Norway)
The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association is a trade and employment organisation for Norwegian controlled companies within the shipping and offshore industry. The primary fields are national and international industry policies, employer issues, competence and recruitment, environmental issues and innovation in addition to safety at sea. Their members are the core and driving force in the Norwegian maritime cluster. NSA’s members employ about 50,000 seafarers and offshore workers from nearly 50 different nations. NSA has been supportive MACN since inception and have been a valuable partner in the dialogue with the IMO and promoting MACNs work in Norway, to the Norwegian government and among its members.
Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) (Cyprus)
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) is the trade association of the Shipping Industry in Cyprus. Having witnessed considerable growth since its establishment in January 1989, with originally seventeen Founding Members, the Chamber today comprises of 200 plus major ship owning, ship management, chartering and shipping related companies based either in Cyprus or abroad. Today, the Chamber’s Member-companies located in Cyprus and the wider Shipping Sector in Cyprus, collectively employ around 9000 persons ashore and more than 55,000 seafarers of various nationalities onboard their vessels. CSC support and promote the work and aims of MACN amongst its membership and local stakeholders.
Centro de Navegación (Argentina)
Centro de Navegación is a non-profit civil entity established in 1900 representing the interests of maritime agents and national and international shipping, transport, port terminals and logistics companies with operations in Argentinean waters and ports.
Centro de Navegación develops different specific purposes, such as the promotion of navigation between Argentina and the rest of the world, the optimization of ports and transport operations, the modernization of port and logistics infrastructure as well as of legal and documentary aspects, investment promotion, simplification of maritime procedures, spreading of information on the sector, advice and academic training aimed at encouraging economic growth and competitiveness and efficiency improvement of foreign trade in Argentina.
To this respect, Centro provides its members with information, legal advice and representation before national and international authorities, public bodies and other stakeholders in order to present their concerns and initiatives.
Centro de Navegación cooperates with MACN and other stakeholders in Argentina, to mitigate corruption practices in the maritime industry.
HFW supports MACN with advice and guidance on capacity building in the maritime industry——a key priority of MACN’s strategy.
HFW has over 500 lawyers working across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, and has a strong platform to support maritime players on regulatory and compliance issues, including international trade sanctions, export controls, customs and anti-corruption legislation.
HFW supports MACN with input and guidance to MACN’s tool development, which in turn supports members’ individual implementation of anti-corruption compliance programs. HFW also provides ad-hoc advice on governance and on MACN’s organizational setup and framework.
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