For the efficiency of any company, Compliance and bribery, are two completely antagonistic terms and for that reason only the compliance implementation should be contemplated.
Compliance and bribery of public employees
In a country whose name I do not want to remember, a boat was stopped by the failure of a fire detector in the machine. Something that has a lot to do with the Compliance Regulatory in maritime navigation.
The captain had no means of getting the detector, but he did have some very appreciated tobacco cartons in that exotic country. The ship was released with a note indicating that the detector should be corrected within three days.
The detector cost about 30 euros, while the shipment took two days and a cost of 300 €. The Captain decided not to correct the ruling and rely on the magnificent management made a few days earlier. The ship returned to the port of the paradisiac place and the inspector put a new note to correct the problem in a week. In exchange for whiskey … this time.
After two days and relying on the efficient way to solve problems of logistics discovered, the detector was still not in place.
Unfortunately, a main engine fuel nozzle number 2 broke and fuel oil directly impacted the turbo, producing an unpleasant and unintended fire that spread without the knowledge of the crew, given that that night the boat, unattended machine , he had no guard of machines, but only on the bridge. After the unfortunate subsequent wreck, the Captain, fortunately safe in the boat with his crew, remembered the detector, the inspector and the sense that, on a ship, has a detector. It is not to get permission to sail, but to detect fires. Pity…
Non-compliance with the law
If we look closely at the case, we will see that there are several fundamental elements:
- Security Management System (ISM) is violated and the law is also broken by bribing a public employee.
- It is the Captain, without knowledge by the land office who acts. Sometimes they are other employees, even high officials … This is more frequent than it seems. People have codes of conduct that do not always coincide with those of companies.
- The land office does not know anything. The communications in the shipping companies are a crucial element whose absence, for technical reasons or for organizational or personal reasons, prevent what in other companies could be habitual, as it is to share decisions, although they are the most elementary ones, like buying a fire detector by 30 €.
In short, it is not a question of “just” avoiding bribery because yes, but for the shipping company to survive more efficiently. That is Compliance .