BIMCO’s newly elected president, Turkish shipowner Sadan Kaptanoglu, aims to gather as many as possible shipowners to find a way to protect the environment, discussing the 2020 sulphur cap, the 2050 targets on reducing the GHG emissions and plastic debris.
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During the World Oceans Day event, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, highlighted the importance of a healthy and sustainable marine environment, while also he discussed that gender equality plays an important role in attempts of restoring and protecting the planet’s ocean.
Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, CEO at TOTOTHEO MARITIME & President at WISTA International, defines what sustainability means for shipping, referring to its three pillars – economic, social and environmental – and addressing also key steps to take for action.
Getting closer to 2020, our industry is under pressure to innovate sustainably and show its change-ready profile to the strict climate-alerting regulations. While remarkable progress has been made, it is of much interest to look where the inefficiencies lie as well as how close we are to properly manage CO2, SOx & NOx challenges and meet the goals and aspirations set by IMO.
Swedish ferry operator Stena Line improved its gender diversity in the past year, with a reported increase of female leaders from 16 % to 19 %, the company said in its annual sustainability review released this week. Gender equality and inclusion was introduced as a new focus area in 2018.
“Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers, “says Josh Bersin, leading provider of research-based membership programs in human resources (HR), talent and learning.
Overall, in all business sectors, organizations develop sustainable business aiming at improving their social conscience and environmental responsibility, well beyond the financial. Do you wonder which the key areas of focus are toward an even more sustainable shipping industry in the future?
IMO’s Technical Cooperation Committee, which is meeting for its 68th session, from 18-20 June, will be updated on key IMO capacity-building programmes, including the women in maritime programme and assistance to Member States to develop National Maritime Transport Policies.
Mrs. Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, Chief Executive Officer of TOTOTHEO MARITIME and President of WISTA International, says that diversity brings innovation and a better future for the industry; thus WISTA’s goal is to continue building opportunities for women in maritime industry. For more sustainable shipping, industry needs to change attitude; instead of considering that sustainability equals with profit, it should focus on understanding stakeholders’ concerns through constructive dialogues and enabling synergies.
Last week, Oslo Business Region kicked off a collaborative initiative as part of the movement for sustainable ocean business, which seeks to mobilise the ocean and tech communities to join forces, building the world´s leading capital and ecosystem for sustainability-oriented ocean tech entrepreneurs.
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