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Maersk, WMU Partner to Fight Corruption

[ December 15, 2015   //   ]

A new partnership between Maersk Line and the World Maritime University will provide anti-corruption training to maritime officials from around the world.

The project, titled CORA, has been long underway, explains Kristin Berglund, Senior Legal Advisor in Maersk Line. With approvals now in place from both the World Maritime University (WMU) as well as Maersk Line management, detailed planning can commence, and students will be exposed to the new modules from the second half of 2016.

“Maersk Line has many years’ experience of fighting corruption, and by partnering with WMU we will be able to share our learnings and help build a platform for more collaboration between the private and public sector in tackling corruption together,” says Kristin. “We are excited about this initiative and its potential for changing corruption risks in the maritime sector.”

Maersk Line will support in developing the course material, as well as provide training for instructors, including visiting Maersk vessels to observe the environment captains and government officials around the world must navigate. Anti-corruption will be integrated in WMU’s regular curriculum and include corruption awareness, leadership, change and communication, and understanding the psychology of corruption.

While anti-corruption elements are mandatory for all students, they will also have the option of choosing anti-corruption as their final project, aimed at resolving a practical issue in their home base. Should they do so, Maersk Line will offer a mentorship for those students, where relevant and if requested.

“Corruption is a real issue in many parts of the world, and one that we face daily in the shipping industry,” says Maersk Line Chief Operating Officer Soren Toft. “Maersk has a zero-tolerance policy on fraud and corruption, but the battle is not won overnight and requires that we work together. As the largest container carrier we have an obligation to help resolve the issue more widely, and by partnering with the WMU we believe we can take another step towards a maritime industry free of corruption.”

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