Speaking up against corruption

9 December 2021

As a supporter of the UN Global Compact Action platform for sustainable ocean business, we are committed to conducting business in a safe, responsible and transparent manner. We believe integrity is a core value and this has been integrated into our culture and is our moral compass for how we work and behave. At Höegh Autoliners, everyone is responsible for always acting with integrity in all situations.

Code of conduct

Operating in many countries, it is important that everyone in Höegh knows what we expect of our people. Our Code of Conduct is the heart of how we do things and combines our values, behaviours, way of working and our culture. Developed to help our people understand and apply the Company’s ethical rules, the Code of Conduct sets out a common framework around how we should do business, behave, and above all do the right thing. This includes speaking up if we come across a situation that conflicts with the Code or our values.

Sigve Sand, General Counsel says,

Speaking up is crucial to our culture and it is a living example of our values.  If something doesn’t seem right, we encourage people to report it. If someone doesn’t feel comfortable talking to anyone in the organisation, they can report on malpractices on corruption, facilitations payments and other wrongdoings anonymously through our whistle-blower hotline.

Supplier Code of Conduct

Building relations on good terms with suppliers is very important to us. Thanks to effective collaboration and good cooperation, we can deliver high quality services around the world. Our suppliers are the extended arm of Höegh Autoliners and we expect them to hold the same high level of ethics as we do. In line with this, we require all our suppliers to adhere to the requirements set out in our Supplier Code of Conduct. With a joint level of participation, Höegh Autoliners and our suppliers can go further, together working against unsustainable business practices within the industry.

Anti-corruption commitment

In line with our work against corruption, Höegh Autoliners takes pride for being one of the co-founders and an active member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN). MACN is a global business network working towards its vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society and therefore for all.

By adopting the MACN Anti-Corruption Principles, communicating progress on implementation, sharing best practices and creating awareness of industry challenges, we are promoting good corporate practices for fighting bribery, facilitation payments and other forms of corruption. 

Sigve continues,

We believe that through continuous learning and engagement, we can prevent corruption in our business activities. This year we launched a new e-learning from MACN on facilitation payments. This serves as a reminder of our strong stance against corruption.

A culture of compliance

Working towards an industry free of corruption is a collaborative effort. By implementing systems and measures to encourage people to speak up and say no to corruption we can effectively prevent and counter corruption. It not only demonstrates our commitment to acting as a responsible corporate citizen, it’s also the right thing to do.