Phase 1 Research: 2012 Review
In early 2012, the Nippon Foundation (NF) and the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia (UBC) collaborated on a review of evolving trends in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and their relevance to the international shipping industry. This review confirmed that in recent years there has been a rise in voluntary CSR standards and initiatives that address social, environmental and governance responsibilities in the maritime sector. Based on emerging trends in CSR practice in the shipping sector, this initial review also proposed for consideration a series of key components in a high level CSR framework to assist shipping industry associations and companies interested in further integrating CSR principles and business strategies into their operations. A stakeholder consultation held in late 2012 on these research findings recommended that a comparison be conducted between the proposed CSR framework and relevant international regulatory requirements in the shipping sector and that further feedback be obtained from industry stakeholders.
A copy of the April 2012 Phase I review is available here.
A summary of key discussion points at the October 2012 Stakeholder Consultation on the Phase 1 review is available here.
Phase 2 Research: 2013 Analysis and Interviews
In mid-2013, the Nippon Foundation and the Liu Institute initiated a second phase in this project. The Phase 2 research involves:
- Development of a matrix analysis to identify gaps and convergences in voluntary and regulatory initiatives on sustainability issues in the maritime sector; and
- Survey research to obtain feedback from shipping industry representatives on the draft CSR framework tool and the role CSR can play in advancing improved coordination and outcomes between private and public sector activities on sustainability performance.
A copy of the draft CSR Framework tool is available here.
A Sample Profile of a Matrix Analysis of gaps and convergence between voluntary and regulatory initiatives on sustainability issues in the shipping sector is available here.
Key findings from the Phase 2 project will be presented in November 2013 to a symposium on CSR in the shipping industry. Further information on this symposium will be available in June 2013 here.
Background on the Nippon Foundation
The Nippon Foundation is an international non-profit organization engaged in a wide variety of activities around the world that support education, coastal and ocean sustainability, and humanitarian causes such as public health and disaster relief. It also promotes CSR in various industrial sectors. The current chairman of the Nippon Foundation is Dr. Yohei Sasakawa, World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination. The Foundationís International Maritime Program works with leading research organizations, national governments, NGOs and business to promote development of the human capacity that will be required to maintain the health and security of coastal communities and the ocean ecosystems that support them. For more information: www.nippon-foundation.or.jp/en/about/organization/
Background on the Liu Institute for Global Issues
Named after Dr. Jieh Jow Liou and founded by Professor Ivan Head in 2000, the Liu Institute for Global Issues acts as a hub for global research and emerging issues at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The Institute conducts and facilitates research on global issues, mobilizing knowledge into solutions and policy. It takes an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach to exploring new ideas and ways of learning to catalyze innovative thinking and positive societal change. The Liu Instituteís current focus is on advancing sustainability, security, and social justice: understood as moving toward economic, social, and environmental interactions that promote the well-being of people in ways that are just, equitable, and sustainable. For more information: www.ligi.ubc.ca/