Sustainability & Social Responsibility
- Introduction and Background
- CSR Policy
- Wild Life Protection
- Policy Commitments
- CSR Committee
We are a part of Apeejay Surrendra Group, a diversified conglomerate built on a tradition of integrity, discipline, humility, community service and hard work for over a century since 1910. We strive to be an industry leader and deliver outstanding value to our customers through a world class shipping service and quality. For over seven decades since our incorporation in 1948, we have maintained safe operations within the framework of the Indian & International regulations by setting and reviewing quality objectives and ensuring environment protection.
Our business sustainability and social responsibility principles incorporate views, experience and learnings of nearly seven decades and an understanding that global climate change and the degradation of marine & coastal eco systems is the result of many activities, including shipping industry. We are committed to not only continuously improve our existing systems and processes to minimize pollution or contamination of all natural resources including marine resources but to also promote sustainable use of local natural resources in coastal areas by communities.
In 2015, our sustainability and social responsibility framework has been aligned with Sustainable Development Goals 2015 notified for implementation from January 2016 by UN member states including India to focus on specific goals that Apeejay Shipping, as a non- state actor and a sea transportation solutions provider, can aspire to deliver. Our corporate social responsibility (CSR) Policy has been modified to suit the requirements of the Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, Schedule VII of the said Act. The framework as given below is meant to serve as our guide on specific areas where actions and investments can be authorized to achieve our targets and where impact can be reviewed periodically.
We will create and sustain cornerstones of our community's future through projects that promote sustainable use of all natural resources, conserve marine and coastal eco systems and protect vulnerable marine species, keeping highest standards of corporate & environmental governance always front and forward in the execution of our business strategy.
Prioritize energy efficiency and pursue excellence with innovation in all our vessels.
• Consistently raise benchmarks to be achieved on limiting carbon emissions by our vessels while complying with the set international standards.
• Developing an active consciousness for conservation and preservation of marine eco systems.
• Promoting sustainable use of all natural resources including marine resources.
• Incorporate sustainability as a vision and a business process at all levels of our operations.
• Promoting local natural resources conservation & preservation practices in coastal communities.
• Promote education, especially skills training.
• Ensure diversity of workforce, especially gender equality.
• Train employees’ to volunteer professional skills towards livelihood enhancement programs.
In 2016 Apeejay Shipping Limited became a signatory to the Buckingham Palace Declaration. We are concerned that the illegal wildlife trade is a direct threat to species and goes against the stability & diversity of our biosphere. As a major sea transportation service provider, Apeejay Shipping has therefore committed its fleet and people to being vigilant and to use our information networks globally to break the supply chain of illegal commercial trade in wildlife, wildlife parts and products
• Zero tolerance towards illegal wildlife trade.
• Working with United for Wild Life and the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, as well as other partners to create and contribute to a global movement of change as we all have a duty to prevent critically endangered species from being wiped out.
• Supporting a secure system for passing information about suspected illegal wildlife trade from the transport sector to relevant customs and law enforcement authorities
• Joining hands with law enforcement authorities/ agencies and play our role to stop wild life and wild life products trafficking
• Creating awareness among our employees as well as clients about the nature, scale and consequences of illegal wildlife trade.
• Identifying and promoting systems for our employees to report suspicions in relation to the transportation of illegal wildlife and their products.
• Training of our employees to enable them to detect, identify and report suspected illegal wildlife trade, and acknowledge employees who champion this cause.
• Banning any purchase of illegal wild life products by our company and our people.
- The Board of Directors of the company has constituted a CSR Committee. The Committee comprises of :-
Mr. Karan Paul, non-executive Director (Chairman)
Mr. Rama Kanta Rath, independent Director
Ms. Shikha Mukherjee, Advisor CSR (Permanent Invitee)