SSI Impact: News from our journey to sustainable shipping - 06/2024

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Chief Executive Officer

Job posting

About the SSI

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative is a multi-stakeholder collective in the maritime sector, who drive change in the maritime industry. SSI is industry-led, and our members span the shipping value chain, from shipowners and charterers to shipyards and ports, ship recyclers, banks, and non-profits.

SSI’s approach to sustainability is holistic and has six vision areas for action: Oceans, Communities, People, Transparency, Finance, and Energy (outlined in the Roadmap to a sustainable shipping industry).

SSI is looking for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who believes that a sustainable shipping sector is a crucial enabler of a sustainable global economy. In this role, the CEO will be responsible for delivering SSI’s goals, overseeing projects across the areas for action, attracting and onboarding suitable new members and partners. The CEO will act as a thought leader on sustainable shipping, creating change through leadership and vision.

We are an equal opportunities employer, and will consider applicants from any location. Remuneration will be commensurate with industry/sustainable charitable organisations’ norms,  experience, qualifications and location.

The role

The CEO will lead the day-to-day operations of the organisation, manage the Secretariat team to deliver the strategy, liaise with members, partner organisations, prospective members, and be the public face of the SSI to industry, government and NGO’s. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the tasks of the CEO will include:

Further development of SSI

  • Develop and execute new ideas to increase the impact of SSI’s work on the maritime sector and beyond.
  • Manage current and potential member and partner relations, working to identify and attract new members and partners whilst working closely with and retaining existing ones.
  • Identify, define, and execute project opportunities where SSI has the potential to create lasting impact.
  • Advance the development and implementation of a communication and influencing strategy that establishes SSI as a leader in shipping’s sustainability, builds industry awareness of developments and progress on sustainability challenges and opportunities, and inspires action, either independently or in concert with SSI.
  • Update and deploy a fundraising strategy that delivers additional and lasting core funding to enable impactful work from the SSI.

Be the face of SSI

  • Represent the SSI externally at conferences and events, both within and beyond shipping. (For example, Singapore Maritime Week, London International Shipping Week, Climate Week NYC, COP, and the Our Ocean Conference).
  • Elevate SSI’s outreach with external organisations and peers to drive collaboration, align actions and further build SSI’s reputation as a thought leader within the shipping and sustainability space.

Lead SSI internally

  • Lead the Secretariat, evaluating performance and identifying opportunities for further development, whilst fostering a collaborative environment.
  • Manage the finances, systems, and administration of the organisation, supported by outsourced professional service providers as needed. Report to Charity Commission and filing with Companies House, regards the annual accounts.
  • Be the Company Secretary (e.g. filing changes of directors/trustees etc.).
  • Report to the Board of Trustees, preparing all materials and board minutes, as Company Secretary.
  • Implement the Strategy, reporting to the board and members on progress and impact. The strategy calls for SSI to act as a catalyst for a sustainable and successful shipping industry in this crucial decade of action.
  • Plan and run two in-person meetings per year plus 4-5 virtual member meetings per year.



  • Senior Leadership roles in an international multi-stakeholder organisation or corporate
  • A collaborative, driven, open, inclusive and strategic leader
  • Shipping and/or Sustainability background, or an understanding of sustainability issues for transport, construction or similar sectors.
  • Confident communicator with excellent command of spoken and written English (as the international maritime language)
  • Prior experience with stakeholder engagement and public-facing roles. You are a confident communicator and public speaker, comfortable at high-level events.
  • Prior experience with developing and facilitating collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, inspiring those stakeholders to engage, contribute and act
  • Prior experience with project and programme management, budgets, and financial reporting.
  • The SSI team is small but global with prior and current secretariat spread across India and Europe and members ranging from Canada to Singapore. We are looking for someone that has experience leading and working across different cultures and backgrounds, and who is passionate about helping the team grow and develop.
  • Travel is expected for the following: member meetings (2x per year in person), event participation, periodic in-person team meetings (though we try to plan these at the same time as a member meeting or other event).


  • Education or professional background in industrial sustainability, ESG, and (if relevant) the ability and motivation to learn about the shipping industry
  • Experience in systems, or futures thinking, foresight and/or horizon scanning
  • Experience in designing and executing successful implementation of project portfolios, outreach and driving the realisation of intended outcomes.
  • Experience in defining, coordinating and facilitating the work of a multi-stakeholder organisation of differing perspectives and positions.
  • Inspiring and mobilising others to engage in shared purpose

Skills and interests

  • An understanding of multi-stakeholder and non-governmental organisation landscapes, and engagement with and across industry
  • Interest in guiding and coaching to develop and build competencies.
  • Interest in public-private partnerships and multi-stakeholder initiatives
  • Skills and motivation to build, develop and facilitate collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Interest in and a nuanced understanding of sustainability issues and how market forces can address/shape these
  • The day-to-day work is remote and requires a high level of literacy in online collaborative tools. We use Slack, Dropbox and MS Office daily.

Location – Remote

The SSI is a global membership organisation.  While the base has historically been in London, team members are, like SSI members, located in various locations and generally work remotely.  Therefore the location of the CEO role is also flexible and the Board are able to consider the role being carried out from any suitable place where reliable communications are available, but a maritime hub/cluster would be preferred.  As the role will also require international travel, the location should permit this with no significant travel constraints.

How to apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter via email to no later than 28th June 2024. Include “CEO” in the email header.

If you have any questions about the position, please reach out to us at

SSI values diversity and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates.

SSI Impact: News from our journey to sustainable shipping - 04/2024

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The Sustainable Shipping Initiative welcomes Rio Tinto to its membership

London, 30 May 2024 – The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) proudly announces the joining of Rio Tinto to its membership. A move which strengthens the organisation’s resolve, adding momentum as we collectively navigate towards a sustainable shipping industry.

SSI’s dedication to propelling a sustainable shipping industry encapsulated the need to protect and uphold seafarers’ rights and welfare. A testimony to this is the Delivering on seafarers’ rights Code of Conduct, developed in collaboration with the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and The Rafto Foundation, which goes beyond regulation and focuses on the full spectrum of seafarers’ rights and welfare.

As the largest dry bulk shipper by volume globally, Rio Tinto owns 17 vessels and charters another 230 ships to transport over 300 million tonnes of product annually. Their commitment to safety and seafarer welfare is highlighted through initiatives like the Designated Owners and Operators (DOO) program, aimed at uplifting safety and crew welfare standards in the dry bulk industry. The DOO program draws on industry-recognised best practices, including the Delivering on seafarers’ rights Code of Conduct. This code has been integrated into Rio Tinto’s vetting regime since 2022.

Rio Tinto Head of Commercial Operations, Laure Baratgin said “The health, safety and welfare of seafarers that support our global shipping operations is a priority at Rio Tinto. This includes their physical safety, fundamental rights such as access to food, water and being paid on time, as well as their broader welfare and making sure they feel psychologically safe and included. Industry collaboration and sharing is essential and we are excited to partner with the SSI to work towards a safer and more sustainable shipping industry.”

“The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is thrilled that Rio Tinto is joining our membership,” said Steven Jones, SSI’s CEO, “Their longstanding commitment to fatality and injury-free shipping industry, evident in their innovative Designated Owners & Operators (DOO) program, aligns perfectly with SSI’s goals. This program’s focus on fatality prevention, crew welfare, and environmental standards exemplifies the kind of collaborative action needed to achieve a more sustainable maritime industry. We’re confident Rio Tinto’s leadership and expertise will be instrumental in driving positive change across the sector.”

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Notes to Editors

For more information, interviews, or comments please contact Mariana Bastos, Sustainable Shipping Initiative (


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.


About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading mining and metals company, operating in 35 countries and producing high-quality iron ore, copper, aluminium, and other materials essential for the low-carbon transition. We are also the world’s largest dry bulk shipper by volume, operating 17 vessels of our own and contracting a fleet of around 230 vessels at any given time. For more information visit 

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Mandatory reporting of all containers at sea

Progress against milestone 1.2030.1

Shipping-related ocean governance is strengthened, with improved coordination on ocean impacts and issues and ramped up enforcement of laws and regulation. 

May 29, 2024

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) under the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 108).

Starting from January 1, 2026, these amendments will require mandatory reporting of all containers lost at sea.

The Innovation Station: Innovation for Ports

Mariana Bastos (Sustainable Shipping Initiative) and Kristen Keene (MPA Dredged Material Management Program) share their strategies for improving sustainability within the maritime industry. This discussion was recorded during the “Innovations for Ports” session of S/GWI’s virtual event, The Innovation Station: Puerto Rico, on March 14, 2024, and is moderated by Dr. Aubrey Paris, S/GWI Senior Policy Advisor.

(The views expressed in this episode are those of the featured innovators and do not necessarily reflect the views of S/GWI, the Department of State, or the U.S. Government.)


The Innovation Station, an initiative of the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) at the U.S. Department of State, provides a platform for woman and girl innovators to share their translatable solutions to climate-related community challenges.
Podcast episodes are derived from audio recordings of S/GWI’s Innovation Station virtual event series. The views expressed in each episode are those of the featured innovators and do not necessarily reflect the views of S/GWI, the Department of State, or the U.S. Government. 

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Shipping included in EU Net-Zero Industry Act

Progress against milestone 6.2030.2

Mid- and long-term measures implemented and national regulation incentivising and ensuring the uptake of zero (or low) carbon fuels and technologies in place.

April 30, 2024

European Parliament has included shipping under the Net-Zero Industry Act. The new law sets a benchmark for the European Commission and EU member states to match 40% deployment needs for green fuels for shipping with production capacity.

EU introduces Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

Progress against milestone 4.2030.5

Sustainability performance data is audited, validated and made publicly available.

April 30, 2024

The European Parliament has voted to adopt the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). The EU CSDDD will impose mandatory requirements for companies to address negative impacts on human rights and the environment, requiring companies to adopt transition plans aligning their businesses with the Paris Agreement.

It will be phased in gradually, beginning with companies exceeding 5,000 employees and €1.5 billion in revenue in 2027, followed by those with over 3,000 employees and €900 million in revenue in 2008, and finally, all other companies in 2029. Member states must establish supervisory authorities to investigate and impose penalties on non-complaint firms.

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