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A Northern European Shipping CSR Event

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On 12 November 2013, the Northern European Shipping CSR Symposium – Making the Business Case for a Sustainable Shipping Industry, will take place at the Culture Wharf at Helsingør/ Elsinor, Denmark.

Funded by The Nippon Foundation, the Japanese International Transport Institute (JITI), and The Danish Shipowners’ Association (DSA), the symposium is a joint planning effort between DSA, BIMCO, and the World Maritime University (WMU). The event will focus on the initiatives European shipowners and organizations are currently engaging in relative to a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda, and underlying triple bottom line that takes into account social and environmental concerns as well as profit.

The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, will address the symposium regarding his efforts to promote the CSR agenda in the maritime industry. In addition, building on a previous collaboration between JITI and The Nippon Foundation to promote CSR in the shipping industry, Dr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, will be a key speaker. President of WMU Dr. Bjorn Kjerfve and CEO, Lauritzen, Board member of DSA Mr. Jan Kastrup-Nielsen will also speak in the introductory address.

The full program of speakers will bring maritime academia together with the shipping industry to present how the CSR agenda is progressing towards a business perspective. Companies such as Lauritzen, A.P. Møller Maersk, Cargill, Norden, Nordic Tankers (TBC), Gearbulk and Shell will participate and present their CSR efforts. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Mr. Edward Humes, will offer his perspective on ‘going green, ’ and two distinguished Researchers, Dr. Olof Lindén of WMU, and Dr. Ioannis Oikonomou of Henley Business School, University of Reading, will address CSR challenges from an academic point of view.

The symposium will be moderated by Mr. Jose Figueres, and will include a panel discussion regarding how decision makers work with the business case in relation to CSR. Due to the CSR activities that they take part in or initiate through their respective organizations, DSA, BIMCO, and WMU are relevant parties to lead the planning efforts for the symposium. BIMCO participated as an industry partner in the IMO working group responsible for drawing up the latest IMO document on sustainability, “Concept of a Sustainable Maritime Transportation system”, that was presented by Mr. Sekimizu in connection with the recent World Maritime Day 2013 event in London. With a range of CSR activities, The Danish Shipowners’ Association has founded a CSR Committee and recently presented the study “A course towards a better world” that explores how shipowners balance business and socio-economic value contributions. In 2011, WMU began work on a project where the University functions as a catalyst for the development of new CSR education programs for WMU alumni.

The goal of the project is to disseminate knowledge about the concept and implementation of CSR, and its relationship to capacity building to contribute to the work of IMO. In addition, WMU is collaborating with The Danish Maritime Authority and DSA to create CSR toolbox courses in a project funded by The Danish Maritime Fund.For more information and registration:
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