Maersk Group succeeding in rooting out corruption

Copenhagen: AP Moller Maersk Group unearthed a record-high of 13 different cases of corruption across the group in 2014.

Not all of these registered reports were unearthed through its controversial whistle-blower scheme, which may account for the record-high figure, Maersk notes in its recently published Sustainability Report for 2014. All allegations of corrupt practices are now logged in the system upon receipt.

Two of these cases were dismissed, and nine are still under internal investigation, according to the Maersk report. The final two cases have been substantiated and will result in ‘remedial action’.

Last week, three senior management members of APM Terminals, Maersk Group’s container terminal operations business unit, were dismissed for failing to comply with unspecified “internal business policies”.

Those dismissed have been named in reports as CFO and vice-president Christian Møller Laursen; CCO Martin Gaard Christiansen and Michael Lund Hansen, the head of global project implementation.

The Danish group launched its ‘zero-tolerance’ whistleblowing scheme in 2010.

Three cases of corruption were uncovered in 2012, followed by four new cases in 2013.


Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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