Uniting the World Against Corruption

Uniting the World Against Corruption
DATE 09.12.2023

The 2023 International Anti-Corruption Day focuses on the link between anti-corruption and peace, security, and development. We can all play an active role in preventing corruption and tackling this shattering crime.

Although complex as a phenomenon, corruption must be fought against in complete unity and by every single law-abiding part of society.

Corruption is a widespread challenge for companies involved in world trade. It weakens democratic institutions, reduces economic development, and contributes to governmental instability.

At Höegh Autoliners, we believe that creating a culture of compliance and integrity will drive value for our company and for society in general. We believe it is vital to foster an atmosphere of trust, and we apply a zero-tolerance policy towards bribery and corruption.

Transparency, integrity and collaborative action

Transparency is a valuable tool in addressing the challenges posed by corruption, and we encourage our employees to speak up if something doesn't seem right - not least on 9 December, United Nations’ International Anti-Corruption Day.

Our Whistleblowing Policy recognizes the importance of reporting anonymously and protects against retaliation. A whistleblower helpline is created to lower the barrier to reporting issues that could be questionable.

But the fight must not be up to individuals alone.

Collaborative efforts are essential. We believe companies must exchange best practices and work together to involve both governments and civil society in the fight against corruption.

As an international industry, the shipping industry has the power to make a difference, and it is our responsibility to take this opportunity. Höegh Autoliners takes pride in 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 benefit society and 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 tackling bribes, facilitation payments and other forms of corruption.

With this, we take a stand against corruption and work in several arenas to abolish the use of corruption, bribery, and facilitation payments.

Read more about the International Anti-Corruption Day here.

Erika Fatland

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