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Need for an Integrated Sustainable Shipping Index

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Arun DevORCiD



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers Singapore, 2018.

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According to the United Nations, the three pillars of sustainability are social, environmental, and economic and these are inextricably linked. Currently, there are reporting and accounting standards for sustainability which can be used by the shipping industry and these include the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) framework for sustainability accountability, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Standards, and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Marine Transportation Sustainability Accounting Standard. There is also a rating system for environmental performance of ships known as the Clean Shipping Index (CSI). However, there is no index globally which covers all three critical areas of sustainability in shipping. This article looks at the TBL, GRI, SASB and CSI and then argues why it would be useful for the shipping industry to have an Integrated Sustainable Shipping Index (ISSI).

Publication metadata

Author(s): Chia R, Dev AK

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: 37th Annual Journal 2017/2018 of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Singapore (SNAMES)

Year: 2018

Volume: 37

Pages: 36-42

Online publication date: 01/06/2018

Acceptance date: 01/06/2017

Date deposited: 15/06/2018

Publisher: Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers Singapore