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Entry Title: Responsible Supply Chain Management for the Shipping Industry
Talk Title: How Shipping is putting Human Rights on the Agenda.
Category: Educating the Community (Corporate Responsibility)
Education and Training
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Ships not only carry 90% of world trade; they are also the ‘greenest’ form of transport when compared to land and air alternatives.

The scale of impact and international reach of shipping means that the industry has the potential to become frontrunners in the international sustainability and corporate social responsibility agenda.

One factor that has prevented shipping companies from further promoting their environmental, human rights, and anti-corruption compliance has been a lack of awareness and available training on corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and responsible supply chain management.



IMPA ACT’s work has allowed a dozen ship owners and over 100 ship suppliers to scale up sustainability activities, particularly in relation to human rights.

1) Mainstreaming of social, anti-corruption and environmental principles through the IMPA ACT Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC) by moving from a mass of individual company created codes and systems into an industry wide standard.

2) Building a network of ship owners and managers committed to CSR internally and within their supply chains.

3) Advocating CSR and sustainability through events and social media;

4) Reaching out to other initiatives to promote the sustainability of the shipping industry.



IMPA ACT is an initiative of the International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA) that encourages ship owners, ship operators, and ship suppliers to demonstrate a tangible commitment to responsible supply chain management (RSCM), corporate social responsibility (CSR), and sustainability.

Central to both activities is publicly promoting the adoption of an industry wide code of conduct, the IMPA ACT Supplier Code of Conduct, comprising a set of environmental, social and anti-corruption principles.

The IMPA ACT SCoC is unique as it is was the first industry standard to encompass the latest international corporate governance, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.



On one hand, our ship owning members have found the resource and time investment to develop a supplier code of conduct with external consultants, internal capacity building, and clearly communicate expectations to suppliers as a barrier to implementing RSCM and CSR.

On the other, our ship-supplying members are facing ‘code-mania’ as it became increasingly difficult to comply with the reporting demands of multiple customers.

This has taken place within a context in which there was little in the form of authoritative guidance on how the shipping industry should address key their impacts, particularly in relation to human rights.