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MPA launches Singapore’s first maritime sustainability reporting guide

19 Aug 2019
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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), together with Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS), Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), and sustainability consultants from Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG and PwC Singapore, on Monday (19 August) launched the first sector specific Maritime Sustainability Reporting Guide.

The Guide provides a practical framework, including best practices for creating a maritime sustainability report, for both listed and non-listed maritime companies.

The need for the Guide was spurred by industry feedback on the growing need for sustainability reporting guidelines, given that sustainability development practices bring various benefits to businesses.

The Guide also features MPA’s own sustainability reporting journey as a case study, including its internal sustainability initiatives through the years.

“The Guide attests to MPA’s efforts to champion sustainability reporting for the maritime industry and serves as a platform to reach out to the maritime community on sustainability. It is also aligned with MPA’s efforts to serve the needs of our customers, create stronger partnerships in the new world and build a more sustainable future for Singapore and the region,” said Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA.

Loh Boon Chye, CEO of SGX said, “SGX is pleased to support MPA in enabling higher-quality sustainability reports from maritime companies. Global investors are increasingly focused on how companies manage Environmental, Social and Governance factors. The Guide and the exchange’s own initiatives on the sustainability front are efforts that will help elevate interest in Singapore-listed companies as a whole.”

“The salient value of the sustainability reporting process lies in its ability to ensure that organisations consider and disclose the impacts of their business practices, including consideration of longer term opportunities and risks,” added Goh Swee Chen, President of GCNS.

“The maritime industry is a key driving force in Singapore’s and the global economy and has great potential to make waves as a front-runner in sustainable development. GCNS is delighted to co-create Singapore’s first Maritime Sustainability Reporting Guide with MPA to steer businesses towards aligning strategies and operations with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”

The Guide can be downloaded at: https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/media-centre/publications

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 20 August, 2019

 

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