Dear readers, it is Thursday and I am currently in Singapore. From minus 5 in Stockholm to plus 32 is a bit of a rude awakening albeit a pleasant one.
Anti-corruption is something that I am keen on addressing - I'm aware of the saying coined by Mao Tse Tung, "In the cleanest water lives no fish" but I still dislike very much how corruption empowers fools. We have corruption in shipping too and sometimes contracts are awarded for the wrong reasons.
Most recently the UK's serious fraud office indicted and convicted an otherwise reputable freight forwarder for corruption. The problem is how to say no if, for example, the potential customer tells you that if you don't do it someone else will. Perhaps it is a kneejerk reaction from the customer, but still, we in our business need to stand tall and tell such people off. We should all stand together so that customers of that kind cannot play us against each other.
In this issue of PCW, we have an interview with MACN which is a network dedicated to anti-corruption efforts. Apparently, they also enlist help from governments and I suppose if there is noise enough even politicians must listen.
I am also reminded here in Singapore about the fragile state of life, a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer and suddenly went from being on "top of the world" to the "bottom of the barrel". It gives credence to the saying that you should live your life to the fullest every day. Let us do that and appreciate what we have before it's too late.
Wishing you a good read and until next time I remain...
Yours sincerely, Bo H. Drewsen