SSI Impact: News from our journey to sustainable shipping - 01/2022

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In-person meetings back on the agenda: SSI members and trustees meet in London

5 April 2022 – On 23-24 March SSI members and trustees met in person for the first time since October 2019. Kindly hosted by Lloyd’s Register onboard the HQS Wellington in London, members, trustees and guests came together to reflect on progress over the past two years, celebrate collective achievements, and learn from one another as we continue working toward a sustainable shipping industry.

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SSI members, trustees and guests onboard the HQS Wellington, 23 March 2022

We were joined by guests from ARUP and Resilience Shift, the Port of London Authority, Safetytech Accelerator, and Watson Farley & Williams. Each speaker focused on different aspects of sustainability, and we discussed, among other topics: port resilience, cold ironing, biodiversity, improving seafarer safety and wellbeing through technology, as well as green corridors and emerging industry collaborations in this area.

SSI’s Executive Director Andrew Stephens also provided an overview of SSI’s current work: Decarbonisation: Sustainability criteria for marine fuels, Delivering on seafarers’ rights, Ship lifecycle: Exploring shipping’s transition to a circular industry, and the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) ahead of a strategy update workshop later in the day with members and trustees. SSI is currently engaged in a strategy update progress expected to be completed in May 2022.

Host and SSI member Lloyd’s Register also presented the Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub and its mission to accelerate the sustainable decarbonisation of the maritime industry, by enabling the delivery and operation of safe, technically feasible and commercially viable zero-emission vessels by 2030. They shared their Zero-Carbon Fuel Monitor which looks at fuel readiness across three pillars: technology, investment, and community.

Two currently open consultations were pointed out by the guests for any who wished to give feedback: the UK Department for Transport’s Use of maritime shore power in the UK: call for evidence (open until 25 April 2022), and the Port of London Authority’s Thames Vision 2050 consultation (open until 30 April 2022).

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Courtesy of the Lloyd's Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub. For more information, visit the Zero Carbon Fuel Monitor.
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SSI members and trustees attend strategy workshop onboard the HQS Wellington, 24 March 2022

Members and trustees then got together for a strategy workshop, which used the framing question: How can SSI be a stronger catalyst in creating a sustainable and successful shipping industry in this crucial decade of action?

Facilitated by strategy consultant David Bent, the workshop brought together members and trustees around a number of exercises intended to reflect on the changing landscape of shipping sustainability, SSI’s role as a vehicle for change, and to develop a revised strategy that could be taken forward for testing throughout April. Members and trustees unable to join in person had the opportunity to join virtually at key points during the workshop to share their thoughts.

The meeting ended with a focus on the future, as members discussed potential work areas for the rest of 2022 and activity planning ahead of key events like COP27. As momentum grows for shipping sustainability, and in light of growing urgency as highlighted by yesterday’s IPCC report, we are always looking to engage with actors across the shipping value chain working toward the Roadmap to a sustainable shipping industry.

If you’d like to get in touch, email us at info@sustainableshipping.org.


Mariana Bastos

Mariana Bastos


Communications Assistant

Mariana joined the Sustainable Shipping Initiative in March 2022 where she is responsible for assisting the delivery of SSI’s communications.

Mariana developed a passion for sustainability from a young age and has pursued it throughout her studies. She is keen to see the private sector encompass sustainability within its practices, and wants to be part of the conversation to bring the industry forward.

Originally from Portugal, she has spent the majority of her life in London, graduating with a BA in Geography from King’s College London and working with entrepreneurs before joining SSI. She is based in London, UK.


Volkswagen Group Logistics joins Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative

LONDON/WOLFSBURG, 27 January 2022 – Volkswagen Group Logistics today announces it has become a signatory of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI). Volkswagen Group Logistics joins peers across the shipping value chain including insurance providers, investors, shipowners and others in calling for transparent, responsible ship recycling practices.

The SRTI enables cargo owners such as Volkswagen Group Logistics, financial stakeholders and others to use data provided by shipowners to inform their decision making, creating demand for responsible ship recycling and rewarding good practice through a voluntary market-driven approach.

Simon Motter, Head of Volkswagen Group Logistics, said: “An important component of our responsible actions is the careful use of resources. That is why it is important to us as Volkswagen Group Logistics to support and promote issues such as sustainability in shipbuilding, ship recycling and maritime transport as a whole."

“Addressing challenges in ship recycling is a shared responsibility, and we are glad to have Volkswagen Group Logistics join the SRTI community and lead by example, showing how cargo owners can be aware of and take responsibility for their full supply chain, going above and beyond what is required.” Andrew Stephens, SRTI’s Executive Director, said. “We look forward to working with VW Group Logistics to raise the profile of this issue and bring awareness to others who may want to consider how the vessels that carry their cargo are being recycled.”

As the 31st signatory of the initiative, Volkswagen Group Logistics recognises its role in leading the way and coming together with other key stakeholders to raise the standard for a responsible and transparent ship recycling industry, thus resulting in a more responsible and transparent supply chain overall.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information, interviews of comment please contact Elizabeth Petit, Head of Communications, Sustainable Shipping Initiative (e.petit@sustainableshipping.org).

About the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI)
The Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) is an independent initiative hosted by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative. It reflects a collective effort that brings together the shipping industry, investors, cargo owners and broader stakeholders to improve ship recycling policy, practice and performance. The SRTI adopts a voluntary market-driven approach to sustainable ship recycling practices. As an online platform, it promotes exchange of information on ship recycling practices and guidelines, and helps ensure greater transparency in the maritime sector.

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About Volkswagen Konzernlogistik GmbH & Co. OHG
Volkswagen Konzernlogistik GmbH & Co. OHG is part of the Volkswagen Group and one of the 10 largest logistics service provides in Germany. With its more than 750 employees, Volkswagen Konzernlogistik manages a logistics network of multiple brands, production sites and customers including material logistics, vehicle logistics and intra factory logistics. Each year, Volkswagen Konzernlogistik organizes and coordinates the transport of around 250,000 containers and 5.6 million vehicles worldwide, of which roughly 2.8 million vehicles are loaded and shipped on around 7,700 vessel departures.


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Institute for Human Rights and Business becomes SSI member

LONDON, 18 January 2022 – The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) today introduces its newest member, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB).

IHRB and SSI have been working together throughout 2021 on the Delivering on seafarers’ rights project, which saw the launch of a landmark Code of Conduct and self-assessment tool to protect the human rights and wellbeing of the world’s nearly two million seafarers in October 2021.

IHRB is the leading international think tank on business and human rights. IHRB’s mission is to shape policy, advance practice, and strengthen accountability in order to make respect for human rights part of everyday business. They join fifteen members across the shipping value chain, including NGOs Forum for the Future and WWF in working together for a more sustainable maritime industry.

“Building on the close collaboration on delivering on seafarers’ rights, IHRB is delighted to formalise its relationship with SSI”, said Frances House of IHRB. “We welcome this opportunity to strengthen our work with the shipping sector, working to ensure that protecting and promoting seafarers’ rights are at the heart of a sustainable and decarbonising shipping industry, and that companies are held to account for their commitments in this regard.”

“After working closely over the past two years, we are proud to welcome IHRB to the SSI community, now a member as well as a partner.” said Andrew Stephens, SSI’s Executive Director. “Sustainability in shipping is not only about decarbonisation, but also the consideration for the workers who will be operating, building and recycling zero emission vessels which is paramount to create an industry that is both environmentally and socially sustainable. We look forward to continuing to work with IHRB on identifying challenges and shining a light on solutions to promote and improve social sustainability in the shipping sector.”

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative brings together like-minded organisations with shared goals and determination to improve the shipping industry. Members, ranging from shipowners and operators, to charterers, NGOs, banks, service providers and classification societies, work together toward the milestones laid out in the Roadmap to a sustainable shipping industry. IHRB becomes the sixteenth organisation and third NGO to join the initiative.

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Notes to Editors

For more information, interviews or comment please contact Elizabeth Petit, Head of Communications, Sustainable Shipping Initiative (e.petit@sustainableshipping.org) and Haley St. Dennis, Head of Communications, Institute for Human Rights and Business (haley.st.dennis@ihrb.org).

About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is a multi-stakeholder collective of ambitious and like-minded leaders, driving change through cross-sectoral collaboration to contribute to – and thrive in – a more sustainable maritime industry. Spanning the entire shipping value chain, SSI members are shipowners and charterers; ports; shipyards, marine product, equipment and service providers; banks, ship finance and insurance providers; classification societies; and sustainability non-profits.

www.sustainableshipping.org | @SustShipping

About the Institute for Human Rights and Business

Founded in 2009, IHRB is the leading international think tank on business and human rights. IHRB’s mission is to shape policy, advance practice, and strengthen accountability in order to make respect for human rights part of everyday business.

www.ihrb.org | @ihrb

 

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SSI Impact: News from our journey to sustainable shipping - 04/2021

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A year (and a decade) of action for sustainable shipping

16 December 2021 – September 2010 saw the announcement of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, a new project which would examine “the challenges and opportunities which face the industry over the next 30 years and what it needs to do to ensure that, by 2040, it is robust and profitable with a strong record of social and environmental responsibility.”

Eleven years into that mission, SSI’s primary objective remains promoting and facilitating the transition to a more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable shipping industry. However, the landscape around it has changed dramatically. In the 2010 press release announcing the initiative, Forum for the Future’s Jonathon Porritt referred to “Smart shipping companies can see the way the wind is blowing”. In 2021, it is impossible for any actor across the shipping value chain to ignore the way the wind blows.

Sustainability and decarbonisation have become commonly understood terms across the shipping sector (even if definitions sometimes differ), and momentum continues to build and grow. 2015 saw the world coalesce around the Paris Agreement, which set the goal of limiting global warming to “well below 2 degrees Celsius”. Three years later, the IMO set out its initial GHG strategy, referring to “a pathway to CO2 emissions reduction consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goals.”

At the end of 2021, it is clear that the focus has shifted from why sustainability is needed to how and when it can be achieved. The work is underway everywhere, as evidenced by the pilot projects and initiatives regularly produced by different stakeholders in the industry. Within this constantly changing landscape, I am proud to see SSI continue to work across the value chain. Bringing together charterers, classification societies, financial stakeholders, NGOs, as well as shipowners, managers and operators, SSI has always worked to accelerate progress in the industry through multi-stakeholder collaboration, ensuring no one is left behind.

The Roadmap to a sustainable shipping industry, launched in 2016 and updated in 2020 to reflect changes to the industry, relies on every actor across the sector taking action for a sustainable future across the six vision areas of Oceans, Communities, People, Transparency, Finance and Energy. Many of the challenges that we need to tackle often intersect two or more areas and requires connecting the dots to address systemic challenges – going beyond the symptoms to address the root cause and achieve long term, enduring impact.

I firmly believe that the potential for growth in SSI’s impact is huge, as more industry players add sustainability issues to their own agendas. Through our collective effort, SSI has continued to lead the narrative on wide ranging sustainability challenges for shipping in 2021, from defining environmental, social and socio-economic sustainability criteria for marine fuels to creating tools for protecting and respecting seafarers’ rights and wellbeing, to facilitating transparency around responsible vessel recycling and addressing emerging areas such as the potential of circularity for shipping.

As the focus remains on decarbonisation, SSI has worked to ensure that the industry’s decarbonisation is rapid and sustainable, avoiding negative externalities or shifting emissions up- or downstream across the fuel value chain, through the publication of Defining sustainability criteria for marine fuels. In addition to this, the launch of Exploring shipping’s transition to a circular industry explored the role of circularity for the future of the maritime industry, and discussed the need to consider embedded emissions and emissions from the construction and recycling phases of a ship’s lifecycle, as emissions from the operational stage decline with decarbonisation efforts.

In early 2022, we will focus on operationalising these two pieces of research to ensure that they are practical and useful for actors across the value chain – from the fuel producers, to the shipbuilders, to the ports and eventually the recycling yards.

At the same time, the risk of border closures and overwhelmed supply chains continues to pose a threat to seafarers worldwide, who have kept hospitals and supermarkets stocked throughout the pandemic with little recognition of their key worker status. SSI’s Delivering on seafarers’ rights Code of Conduct and self-assessment, developed in partnership with the Institute for Human Rights and Business and in collaboration with the Rafto Foundation and RightShip, provides a tool for shipowners, managers, operators and charterers to understand and improve their policies and actions on seafarers’ rights and wellbeing, covering a broad range of areas from working hours, to mental and physical wellbeing, to internet access while at sea.

As with all of our work, collaboration and partnering are paramount to ensuring the achievement of SSI’s objectives for the coming year. We continue to engage as part of the leadership group of the Getting To Zero Coalition’s Fuels and Technologies workstream, and we have become knowledge partners of the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition in North America as well as the UN Global Compact’s Ocean Stewardship Alliance. Through the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative, we have also received funding from and worked closely with Engineering X, an international collaboration founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

I would like to thank all of SSI’s members and collaborators who consistently fly the flag for sustainability and support our work by providing necessary inputs and feedback reflecting their diverse viewpoints, stakeholder perspectives, and sustainability priorities. I would also like to thank the SSI Secretariat for their work in driving the research and consultation processes.

Looking forward to 2022 and beyond, SSI is now engaged in a strategy update process to review its objectives and better understand the rapidly changing landscape. However, our core remains the same, and we look forward to continued effort in driving action and raising awareness of sustainability issues across the maritime value chain, helping to connect the dots. As a maritime stakeholder, every one of us has a role to play in making a positive impact.

To learn more about sustainability in shipping and the role you can play, please review the Roadmap to a sustainable shipping industry.

Wishing all a good holiday season and a happy new year,

Guy Campbell
Chair
Sustainable Shipping Initiative


Lloyd's Register Horizons: Decarbonising shipping sustainably

“Decarbonising shipping isn’t simply about replacing engines. The complete fuel supply chain needs to be considered too, as Andreea Miu and Elizabeth Petit Gonzalez from the Secretariat of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative explain.”

SSI was featured in the September 2021 issue of Lloyd’s Register quarterly magazine, Horizons, discussing the need for the environmental, social and socioeconomic sustainability of fuels to be considered in shipping’s decarbonisation.

The feature can be seen below, and you can read the full Defining sustainability criteria for marine fuels report here. Download the full issue of Horizons here.

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Seafarers' rights and welfare are a shared responsibility

28 October 2021 – Following the launch of a seafarers’ rights and welfare Code of Conduct and self-assessment earlier in October, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and the Institute for Human Rights and Business convened a webinar to introduce the work and discuss its potential impact to the world’s nearly 2 million seafarers.

Read the summary and watch the recording below.

Jacqueline Smith, Maritime Coordinator at the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) started the event by reflecting on the crew change crisis and the way it has exposed systemic failures in addressing seafarers’ fundamental rights. She discussed the complex nature of shipping and the difficulties this creates for seafarers to have their rights and needs met and fulfilled, and called for customers and cargo owners to ensure that seafarers’ rights are a key part of their vetting processes, ensuring that bad actors are not rewarded.

“We rely on seafarers, but they very much rely on us and I hope that this Code of Conduct is a start for change in the industry; that we stop treating seafarers as a commodity but treat them with the respect and decency that they deserve.”

Andrew Stephens, Executive Director at SSI and Christopher Saunders, Chief Product Officer at RightShip, followed Jacqueline Smith with an overview of the Delivering on seafarers’ rights Code of Conduct and self-assessment questionnaire, which cover a range of issues from fair terms of employment to minimum crewing levels, to the management of grievance mechanisms. Christopher Saunders walked through the Crew Welfare Tool developed by RightShip to enable uptake of the Code of Conduct by allowing any DOC holder to self-assess, understand the extent to which they meet their crew welfare responsibilities and identify areas of improvement.

Learn more about the RightShip Crew Welfare Tool and start your self-assessment.

Finally, Francesca Fairbairn, Shipping and Commodities Manager at IHRB facilitated a panel with representatives from charterers, finance, shipowners and managers to discuss the need for common action and shared responsibility when it comes to respecting the full spectrum of seafarers’ rights.

Panellists:

  • Sebastien Landerretche, Head of Freight Platform at Louis Dreyfus Company
  • Samantha Bramley, Executive Director of Environmental and Social Risk Management at Standard Chartered Bank
  • Simon Bennett, General Manager – Sustainable Development at Swire Shipping
  • Carl Schou, President & CEO at Wilhelmsen Ship Management

Human rights and welfare are more difficult to oversee offshore

Panellists discussed the importance of ensuring that seafarers and other offshore workers have the same rights at sea as their onshore colleagues do. In the finance sector, human rights and welfare have become increasingly important for land-based sectors, but there is a need to ensure that the same protections and priority is given to offshore workers.

Panellists agreed that seafarers are often considered an invisible workforce and as a result, can be easily overlooked and their rights can be more easily violated. Wilhelmsen Ship Management CEO Carl Schou reflected on the ship manager’s proximity to seafarers and therefore, their key role in supporting the Code of Conduct to improve conditions for their crews.

However, the pandemic has brought crew wellbeing into the spotlight, and it is our shared responsibility to ensure that the spotlight does not fade.

Seafarers are critical to the industry’s decarbonisation

Louis Dreyfus Company’s Sebastien Landerretche noted that taking action on crew welfare is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do as well. As the industry works to decarbonise, many decisions are made at the strategic level around new measures, equipment, fuels etc that will need to be implemented by the seafarer.

Taking care of our seafarers is critical to ensuring that the industry can continue to operate, safely and sustainably. Decarbonisation and seafarers’ rights and welfare should be equally prioritised.

A shared responsibility

Panellists agreed that the time for action is now, and that pressure needs to come from all sides: from the cargo owners and charterers, to the lenders, investors and insurers, to the regulators, seafarers, and shipowners, operators and managers.

At the same time, a few leaders in each group can be catalysts for change, but cannot do it alone. Samantha Bramley from Standard Chartered Bank argued that it is a shared responsibility and all must take action, as simply choosing not to work with unscrupulous shipowners still allows them to seek funding elsewhere.

Keeping the pressure up

All panellists agreed that keeping pressure and engaging with their stakeholders is critical in ensuring the systematic uptake of the Code of Conduct and increased transparency around crew welfare. Calling for use of the Delivering on seafarers’ rights Code of Conduct and self-assessment can be a key first step in stakeholder dialogue, and Swire Shipping’s Simon Bennett shared his hope that these tools will be embedded in charter party agreements. Standard Chartered Bank further shared that they will embed these tools into their standards and become part of their client discussions.

The start of a journey

The Delivering on seafarers’ rights Code of Conduct and self-assessment are the start of a journey, not the end. Creating standardised tools that can be implemented by all shipowners and operators helps increase awareness and provides a starting point for all stakeholders to work from.

Panellists agreed that seafarers’ rights and welfare have gone under the radar for too long, and that this is an opportunity to ensure that the profile stays high and that there is action across the board. RightShip’s Christopher Saunders closed the discussion by sharing that 75+ self-assessments were either completed or in progress as of 19 October, and called for all DOC holders to start reviewing and using the freely available tools.

 

If you are interested in discussing further, please view the documents below, or contact us at info@sustainableshipping.org


Shipping industry unites to launch Code of Conduct and self-assessment to protect seafarers’ rights and welfare

LONDON, 12 October 2021 – Today sees the launch of a landmark Code of Conduct and self-assessment tool developed to protect the human rights and welfare of the world’s nearly two million seafarers. The initiative aims to support a safe, healthy and secure onboard work environment, and goes beyond the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) to focus on the full spectrum of seafarers’ rights and wellbeing, from fair terms of employment and minimum crewing levels to the management of grievance mechanisms. The documents can be accessed here.

The project has been led by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) and the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), in collaboration with the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights and RightShip. Key SSI members played an active role in its development, with expert input from Forum for the Future, Louis Dreyfus Company, Oldendorff Carriers, South32, Standard Chartered Bank, Swire Shipping and Wilhelmsen Ship Management.

“A sustainable shipping industry needs to ensure the protection of its workforce. This presents a unique opportunity for the industry to work together and take concrete action for the rights of nearly 2 million seafarers worldwide, now and in the future” Kristina Kunigenas, Human Rights Lead at the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, said.

Based on international labour and human rights standards and principles, the Code of Conduct and self-assessment were created over eight months of consultation and collaboration with shipowners, operators, charterers, cargo owners, seafarers’ associations, civil society and others.

To enable immediate action across the industry, RightShip has launched an online self-assessment tool developed in collaboration with SSI and IHRB. This freely available questionnaire provides practical guidance on utilising the Code of Conduct, helping shipowners and operators understand their responsibilities while assessing current operations and ways of working, and consequently showing areas for improvement.

“The global pandemic brought seafarers rights firmly into focus, with many crews forced to endure exceptionally difficult conditions to keep global supply chains and trade freely flowing,” notes Frances House, Deputy Chief Executive at IHRB. “We expect a great deal from them and it’s only right that they expect an adequate standard of care, conditions, and quality from us. This is a proud, vital industry that depends on people to keep sailing. This Code of Conduct and self-assessment will help build a platform to respect worker dignity while advancing industry progress. We look forward to widespread engagement from industry stakeholders everywhere.”

Download the Code of Conduct and associated documents: https://www.sustainableshipping.org/seafarers/

Testimonials from SSI members and partners:

Cynthia Morel, Senior Sustainability Strategist, Forum for the Future: “This marks a vital step towards ensuring that seafarers’ human rights are respected. We hope that this will lay the foundation for fostering the deeper relationships, connections and trust necessary to ensure the shipping sector commits to honouring human dignity and enabling equitable outcomes in its operations and supply-chains it is active in.”

Sebastien Landerretche, Head of Freight at Louis Dreyfus Company: “As a leading global charterer, LDC is committed to promoting the welfare of seafarers, who are essential to the continuity, resilience and decarbonization of the shipping industry. We believe today’s launch is an important foundation for a sustainable future, setting industry participants’ responsibilities and reinforcing support processes for crew members.”

Scott Jones, Director of Communications at Oldendorff Carriers: “The shipping industry has been, and continues to be, very focused on reducing its carbon footprint. However, it is equally important that we focus on the human element to make sure that seafarers’ rights are respected and that we have a holistic view to make the industry truly sustainable. This Code of Conduct is an important new step in highlighting seafarers’ rights and giving the shipping industry a sustainable future.”

Jostein Hole Kobbelvedt, Executive Director, Rafto Foundation for Human Rights: “There are growing expectations towards companies with regard to adhering to international human rights standards such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. A proactive and systematic approach is necessary. The Rafto Foundation has had the privilege of working with IHRB and SSI to develop the Code of Conduct – Delivering on seafarers’ rights. We hope it will be a valuable tool for the shipping industry in order to promote social sustainability and deliver on human rights.”

Christopher Saunders, Chief Product Officer at RightShip: “At RightShip, we have an ambitious vision for a maritime industry that causes zero harm to people and the environment we operate in, so we are delighted to be working with SSI and key stakeholders to deliver this important initiative for seafarers. While technology is changing the way that we move cargo, the human contribution to the supply chain is the lifeblood of our industry. Safe, sustainable voyages rely on crews that are supported to work safely, without risk to their wellbeing. We believe the Crew Welfare Code of Conduct and self-assessment tool will be a significant step forward in giving our essential workers the respect and recognition they deserve and importantly provide guidance and support to those striving to operate beyond compliance.”

Robert Haggquist, Senior Chartering Manager at South32: “We are pleased to have worked with likeminded partners across the shipping value chain to deliver this important initiative that we believe will contribute to a more sustainable maritime industry. The pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability of seafarers but also their importance to keep global supply chains working. With this Code of Conduct we are addressing the systemic issues in the industry by giving owners and charterers a platform to collaborate and to improve transparency around seafarers’ welfare. Only by improving the respect for seafarers’ rights can we achieve truly sustainable supply chains with positive social impact.”

Samantha Bramley, Director Environmental & Social Risk Management, Sustainable Finance, Global Banking at Standard Chartered Bank: “Standard Chartered has made a commitment to achieve zero CO2 emissions from our global operations by 2030 and transport by 2050. In line with our work under the Poseidon Principles we are integrating climate considerations into lending decisions with an aim to supporting shipping decarbonization. However, the S in ESG must not be forgotten, and the work being done to protect and respect seafarers’ rights should remain a priority for lenders, investors and other stakeholders in the maritime sector.”

Simon Bennett, General Manager – Sustainable Development at Swire Shipping: “Seafarers work long, hard hours, for many months away from their families and friends. They deserve to be treated with respect, and to receive the same rights that their shore-based colleagues experience as the norm, and then more, to take account of the non-standard working environment. Many of us had assumed that the ILO MLC (2006) would assure this. But sadly the Covid-19 pandemic showed that whilst much was said about the crucial nature of the job they were doing, little was practically delivered, and in fact in many places their treatment became markedly worse. We believe that this Code of Conduct details the areas required to be addressed to ensure that seafarers’ rights are observed, and exhort all shipowners to facilitate, provide them and support shippers and others with interests in our delivering a sustainable and humane shipping value chain and industry to assure themselves, using this assessment, that this is indeed the case.”

Carl Schou, CEO and President at Wilhelmsen Ship Management: “The question is no longer whether seafarers deserve better, but how we are addressing this and taking action. This Code of Conduct and self-assessment tool is a good check and balance for responsible owners and operators to improve the welfare of our seafarers. The responsibility to ensure a thriving seafaring community is in our hands.”

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Notes to Editors

For more information, interviews or comment please contact Elizabeth Petit, Head of Communications, Sustainable Shipping Initiative (e.petit@sustainableshipping.org) and Haley St. Dennis, Head of Communications, Institute for Human Rights and Business  (haley.st.dennis@ihrb.org).

About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is a multi-stakeholder collective of ambitious and like-minded leaders, driving change through cross-sectoral collaboration to contribute to – and thrive in – a more sustainable maritime industry. Spanning the entire shipping value chain, SSI members are shipowners and charterers; ports; shipyards, marine product, equipment and service providers; banks, ship finance and insurance providers; classification societies; and sustainability non-profits.

www.sustainableshipping.org | @SustShipping

About the Institute for Human Rights and Business

Founded in 2009, IHRB is the leading international think tank on business and human rights. IHRB’s mission is to shape policy, advance practice, and strengthen accountability in order to make respect for human rights part of everyday business.

www.ihrb.org | @ihrb

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