In a changing world faced with political unrest, climate change and increasing polarization, companies need to act responsibly. Today, the role businesses must play in finding solutions to the challenges addressed by the UN Global Compact in their Ten Principles on human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption, cannot be overstated.
As representatives of a major global industry that makes its living from the sea, the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and our members have a fundamental interest in securing sustainable development of the ocean. In order to achieve this, we need to make sure that actions taken by the shipping and offshore industry today do not hinder future generations from meeting their needs, but rather have a lasting, positive impact on society.
Being part of the solution also means that we need to acknowledge and identify challenges and risks. Zero-emission shipping, responsible ship recycling, and removing plastic from the ocean are some of the areas where the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association aims to make a difference. With the Paris agreement and increasing focus on sustainability, this work has continued to gain momentum throughout the years, and we are certain that it will be a key focus for business and society at large in the years to come.
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