The Oslo-based Höegh Autoliners, a global provider of RoRo transportation services, takes a stand against corruption and work on several arenas to prohibit the use of corruption, bribery and facilitation payments.
Höegh Autoliners is one of the co-founders and an active member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), which 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.
All persons representing Höegh Autoliners and its subsidiaries are required to follow our Anti-Corruption Policy and Ethical Rules.
If the company´s employees have any concerns regarding other employees’ violations of the law and regulations, this can be reported internally to either the line manager, Legal or to the Chief HR & Communications Officer, as Höegh Autoliners says.
Höegh Autoliners has also an external whistleblowing hotline available on the Intranet webpage and on höeghautoliners.com. The company says that “their Whistleblowing Policy recognizes the importance of reporting anonymously and protects the ones reporting from retaliation for raising concerns and violations. The concerns can include failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations, and improper or unethical behavior.”
Corruption is a widespread challenge for companies involved in world trade. It weakens democratic institutions, reduces economic development, and contributes to governmental instability.
The United Nations Convention against Corruption assigned 9 December as the annual International Anti-Corruption Day.
“We need everyone’s support to achieve a corruption-free maritime community. We encourage our employees to report something that doesn’t seem right. We have an anonymous reporting channel, available for anyone through our website. The option to report anonymously is believed to both deter and detect wrongdoing while at the same time reassuring and protecting the person reporting. Anyone can anonymously report on malpractices, corruption, and other wrongdoings through our whistle-blower hotline,” says Renate Lystad, General Counsel at Höegh Autoliners.
Source: Höegh Autoliners