LONDON, 11 April 2024 – The Sustainable Shipping Initiative today announces The Mission to Seafarers as its newest member, further highlighting the importance of seafarers and seafarers’ rights and welfare in building a sustainable maritime industry.

SSI members, spanning the maritime ecosystem, are united by the belief that sustainability needs to be a core priority for the sector – and that a sustainable industry considers all three elements of ESG – environmental, social and governance. SSI’s ongoing work on seafarers’ rights and welfare has resulted in the Delivering on seafarers’ rights Code of Conduct (developed with the Institute for Human Rights and Business and the Rafto Foundation), and has supported the development of the RightShip Crew Welfare Tool.

Moving forward, and with the added support of the Mission as a full member, SSI will continue to advocate for the importance of seafarers to the shipping sector as it works to decarbonise – as valued stakeholders and experts on the specific challenges of operating a zero-emission vessel and on the impacts of new technologies and ways of working on life at sea.

”We are delighted to be joining the Sustainable Shipping Initiative at a time when the industry is facing tough choices toward meeting their ESG goals. Seafarers are at the forefront of delivering change for industry, and yet often their voice can get drowned out. We have worked with SSI on a number of initiatives in recent years, and feel the time is right for us to formally unite. We look forward to giving crews the voice they deserve in this vital working group.” Ben Bailey, Director of Programme, The Mission to Seafarers

SSI’s CEO Steven Jones said: “Seafarer well-being is not just an ethical imperative, it’s essential for a sustainable shipping industry. By uniting all those committed to supporting positive change for seafarers, we can ensure a truly just transition towards a more sustainable maritime sector. One that places seafarers at the heart of everything we do. This collaboration benefits everyone and we are delighted to welcome the Mission to Seafarers to the SSI. Not only as a voice for seafarers but as a catalyst for change, ensuring positive discussion translates into real world improvements in the lives and experiences of all at sea.”

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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 Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.89 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat. The Mission works in over 200 ports in 50 countries caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Through its global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers, the Mission offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in seafarers’ centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services, including a growing number of digital welfare solutions.

To learn more about The Mission to Seafarers, visit