Ethics and anti-corruption

Our anti-corruption efforts are based on six principles critical to secure our employees active participation: Top-level Commitment, Proportionate Procedures, Risk Assessment, Communication including training, Due Diligence, Monitoring and Review.

Doing the right things the right way is the foundation of our governing elements and culture, and we have the same expectation of our partners and suppliers. To encourage this, our approach is to work consistently on business standards; actively managing and encouraging suppliers on their working conditions and business standards and partnering with other serious actors to lift the standards in the industry. Our work in the Maritime Anti-corruption Network (MACN) is one of the ways how we amplify our impact on the fight against corruption.


Target 2020

Result 2020

Target 2021


We are guided by our policies on ethics and anti-corruption. Efforts are focused on strengthening responsible business culture.

92% completion rate for business training standards for seafarers.


84% completion rate for business training standards for Wilhelmsen group onshore employees.

100% completion rate for business training standards for seafarers and onshore employees

More information about our principle in anti-corruption is available here.

Key figures

Trainings and campaigns

Business standards completion rate




Onshore employees

84% *







Governance *

Cases reported




Whistle blowing channel








* Wilhelmsen Group figures

Our focus is to improve identification and follow up of compliance deviations and increase employee competence in responsible business practice.

The COVID-19 situation has been a challenge during 2020 for compliance activities that require travel and physical presence at our locations, such as investigations and audits. Our scheduled internal business standards audits were postponed due to the situation, and a follow up of potential irregularities was conducted by providing guidance and instructions to local and regional resources. As in previous years, internal fraud cases have been detected, with one case reported to the police and currently being investigated.

During the year, we advanced our 2019 commitment to enhance the monitoring of facilitation payments – our goal is to eliminate all facilitation payments in line with our partnership with MACN (Marine Anti Corruption Network).

In 2021, we will continue building a whistleblowing culture and the business standards audits will be prioritised and commence as soon as the Covid-19 situation allows. To continue competence building with our employees, a new business standards program will be rolled out in 2021.

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

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We have completed the comprehensive due diligence process administered by MACN to qualify membership. We are proud to be part of the network of socially responsible maritime companies to promote fair trade and good corporate practice. 

As a member of MACN, we will be making active contributions to promote compliance with anti-corruption laws and committed to establish high standards of integrity. We are committed to implement MACN’s Anti-corruption Principles as part of our overall compliance program. 

MACN collaborates with governments, authorities and international organizations to identify and mitigate the root causes of corruption in the maritime industry. 

About MACN

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is a global business network working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large. Established in 2011 by a small group of committed maritime companies, MACN has grown to include over 90 members globally, and has become one of the pre-eminent examples of collective action to tackle corruption.

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We strive to create a culture where our employees around the world can deliver the right results in the right way.

A reputation built on trust

  • Wilhelmsen whistleblowing channel

    The whistleblower channel provides all employees and external stakeholders with a secure channel to report violations of laws, our governing elements and internal policies.

    Wilhelmsen whistleblowing channel
  • Code of conduct

    Our business ethics are measured at very high standards.

    Read our Code of conduct
  • Data protection

    Privacy and the protection of your personal data is important to us and we are committed to protecting the integrity, availability and confidentiality of your personal data.

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Code of Conduct

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