The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) was founded in 2010 by Forum for the Future in collaboration with WWF and industry leaders ABN Amro, BP Shipping, Gearbulk, Lloyd’s Register, and Maersk Line.

Since then, SSI has worked to accelerate progress and collectively address industry gaps in areas ranging from closed loop materials management, to sustainable finance, and shipping’s decarbonisation. We have grown to 14 members spanning the entire shipping value chain, from charterers, shipowners and shipyards, to banks, classification societies and NGOs.

  • SSI founded by Forum for the Future, WWF and an ambitious group of shipping leaders: ABN Amro, BP Shipping, Gearbulk, Lloyd’s Register, and Maersk Line
  • SSI membership grows to include Cargill, DSME, Rio Tinto Marine, RSA, Tsakos Energy Navigation, Wärtsilä
2010

  • Case for Action is published, identifying 7 global trends expected to profoundly affect the maritime sector over the period 2010-2040
  • SSI membership grows to include Bunge, Carnival Corporation, The China Navigation Company, Morgan Stanley, and Unilever
  • Vision for 2040 signed by SSI members, setting out their aspirations backed up by specific commitments for action to address the sustainability challenges identified in the Case for Action
2011

  • Four SSI working groups announced at Singapore Maritime Week: Finance, Material Management, Energy Technology and Credible Benchmarking, with initial outputs including the Save As You Sail (SAYS) financial model and a web-based benchmarking tool to help charterers identify suitable rating schemes for their use
2012

  • AkzoNobel, Namura and U-Ming Marine Transport join the SSI
  • SSI’s progress report “A Case for More Action” is launched, developed in line with the Case for Action and the Vision for 2040
  • A series of member case studies is published, highlighting SSI members’ work in the four working groups: Finance, Material Management, Energy Technology and Credible Benchmarking
2013

  • ABS, DNV and IMC join the SSI
  • “Driving transformation in the value chain: How customers are raising the bar for the entire industry” position paper launches at Capital Link’s Shipping and Offshore CSR Forum
  • SSI members sign shared commitments, agreeing to publicly report on sustainability, set clear emission reduction targets, among others, setting a clear benchmark for sustainable practices in the industry
2014

  • Low Carbon working group commissions study informing SSI’s position on GHG emissions and making our collective voice heard at the IMO
  • SSI wins The Guardian Sustainable Business Award
  • First SSI Ship Recycling Roundtable takes place with the goal of exploring key challenges and barriers to achieving widespread sustainable ship recycling operations on a global basis, and establishing ways to help the industry collectively move forward
  • Development of the Seafarer Charter by Social Sustainability working group aimed at making seafaring a more attractive career choice by improving quality of life onboard ships
2015

  • SSI launches Roadmap for a sustainable shipping industry, laying out the pathways and defining tangible milestones to be collectively achieved over the coming decades.
2016

  • SSI membership grows to include Louis Dreyfus Company and RightShip
2017

  • Low Carbon working group publish “Zero Emission Vessels: What needs to be done?” report based on a study by UMAS and Lloyd’s Register concluding that biofuels may represent the most economically feasible alternative for the shipping industry
  • Oldendorff, Priya Blue and Standard Chartered Bank become SSI members
  • Launch of Decarbonisation working group to further explore the potential role of biofuels for shipping
  • Launch of Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI), with 14 founding signatories
2018

  • First SRTI Report launched at Tradewinds 2019 Ship Recycling Forum, compiling data on the ship recycling approaches of 7 shipowners
  • SRTI highly commended at the Responsible Business Awards under category Partnership of the Year; also a finalist in the Responsible Supply Chain and Transparency & Reporting categories
  • Multi-stakeholder debate convened by Decarbonisation working group, supported by Forum for the Future, on the potential role of sustainable biofuels in the decarbonisation of shipping, including a series of consultations and a high-level event at Climate Week NYC
  • South32 joins the SSI
  • Decarbonisation working group, supported by Forum for the Future, convenes a multi-stakeholder debate on the potential role of sustainable biofuels in the decarbonisation of shipping, including a series of consultations and high-level event at Climate Week NYC
  • SSI joins the Getting to Zero Coalition as a knowledge partner for the Fuels and Technologies workstream
  • The role of sustainable biofuels in shipping’s decarbonisation report launched at the UN Climate Conference (COP25) in Madrid
  • SSI awarded Safety4Sea Sustainability Award
2019

  • SRTI Report launched at Tradewinds 2020 Ship Recycling Forum, 9 major shipowners disclosing operating a total of 2,433 vessels (covering ~4-5% of global merchant fleet over 1,000 gross tonnes and 36% of the global container fleet’s tonnage)
  • SRTI signatories reach 26, including shipowners CMA CGM, Altera Infrastructure and Evergreen, as well as the first P&I Club to become a signatory, Gard
  • Launch of intent for piece of work defining sustainability criteria for marine fuels under consideration in shipping's decarbonisation, in collaboration with Copenhagen Business School Maritime through the Green Shipping Project
2020