Shipping is the backbone of the global economy, with over 80% of the world’s trade by volume being transported by sea. Human rights issues arise across the entire lifecycle of a ship – from design, finance and ordering, through building and operation, to breaking/recycling. However, to date, maritime industry sustainability initiatives have generally prioritised environmental issues, with little focus on human rights risks and responsibilities. IHRB shipping initiatives include:

  • IHRB and partners have been conducting a Responsible Shipping Dialogue with actors across ocean transport to develop an overarching human rights framework for shipping companies, their investors, and business customers in order to raise standards and encourage best practice throughout the ship lifecycle.
  • IHRB and the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and its members will jointly develop a human rights code of conduct for charterers, and a roadmap for tackling systemic challenges which create human rights risks for seafarers – a widely-recognised gap in catalysing industry-wide policy and practice.