This July, a new international network will officially start working to fight corruption in the shipping industry. Several Danish shipping companies have initiated the network MACN - the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network.
MACN has not yet presented its plan of action, but the primary focus is the shipping companies’ effort to fight corruption globally. In principle, the shipping industry distinguishes sharply between bribes and so-called “facilitation payments” – these often in the form of small gifts. Bribes are illegal and must be completely eradicated, while facilitation payments – or “greasing” – are the custom in many regions. But the greasing is also problematic