At its board meeting, held on 8th October, the Board of The Swedish Club voted to continue to support an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) framework policy.
This policy identifies the Club's responsibilities and commits it to develop a series of practical measures to guide and support both employees and members in creating a truly sustainable organisation fit for the future.
The Club has adopted four of the United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, providing a clear direction for the Club’s future ESG efforts.
The goals are:
- UN Goal 3: Good health and well-being.
The Club will promote health and safety in work life, on-shore as well as off-shore.
- UN Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production.
The Club will promote the responsible consumption of water, energy, and food.
- UN Goal 14: Life below water.
The Club will work to safeguard life below water through active loss prevention and relevant insurance solutions for its members.
- UN Goal 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions.
The Club promotes the rule of law and works against the use of bribes and other illegal measures.
Also, the Club has agreed to follow the United Nation’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance roadmap. It has confirmed the following intentions:
- To embed environmental, social and governance issues relevant to its insurance business in its decision-making.
- To work together with its clients and business partners to raise awareness of environmental, social and governance issues, manage risk and develop solutions.
- To work together with governments, regulators, and other key stakeholders to promote widespread action across society and environmental, social and governance issues.
- To demonstrate accountability and transparency in regularly disclosing its progress in implementing the principles publicly.
These commitments are formal steps in what will be a long term process of constant review and re-evaluation.
Environment and social relationships
In our day to day work, we make significant efforts to safeguard environmental interests. Within the auspices of our Loss Prevention activities, we regularly issue publications and hold workshops on avoiding marine casualties, reducing marine risks, and considering the environmental impact generally, e.g. regarding fuel consumption.
We also participate in a comprehensive risk-mitigating training programme through The Swedish Club Academy. The Maritime Resource Management (MRM) programme was developed, for our members, to establish safe and sound attitudes and behaviours within organisations. The Club subsides the training its members' cost for this training, which is conducted through 100 facilities in 35 countries.
Social responsibility ...
... is a central feature in the Club's operations. An ethical code of conduct is discussed with and signed by all employees, and the application of the ethical guidelines is regularly followed up.
The Club serves as a unique platform for creating a community and building relationships beyond political and geographical boundaries. The Club's membership stretches from local bunker barge operators to the world's largest state-owned shipowners.
Personnel and human rights
According to the Club's written policy on equal treatment, the Club shall safeguard equal possibilities of employment, education, promotion and development in the work role.
Sound business behaviour and compliance with internal and external regulations are ultimately on the individual employee's acts. This includes safeguarding the values mentioned in The Swedish Club's sustainability report.
The Club has zero-tolerance towards corruption and bribes. The Club applies the UK Bribery Act as a benchmark for its employee policy. As to corruption, we use a market-leading tool provided by World-Check whereby all the Club's members and insured vessels are screened once a month. The screening includes global sanctions' lists, global enforcement and warning lists, global politically exposed (PEP) lists and global state-owned entity lists (SOE). The purpose of the screening is to avoid the Club doing business with inappropriate companies or individuals.
Supporting our community:
The Swedish Sea Rescue Society
This is a non-profit association founded by some real enthusiasts in 1907. More than 100 years later, the enthusiasm remains, and they are always prepared to be of assistance whenever there is a need.
Swedish Sea Rescue Society is responsible for 70 per cent of all sea rescues in Sweden and receives no government funding. The Society is financed by membership fees, donations and voluntary work.
Thanks to 2.000 volunteer crew members, rescue services are always available 24 hours a day anywhere along the Swedish coast and on the major lakes.
The volunteers work as carpenters, doctors, fishermen, salespeople, plumbers, teachers and many other occupations. The sea rescue volunteers are willing to go out in any weather, even during normal work hours or in the middle of the night.
The Swedish Sea Rescue Society has more than 100 000 members. www.ssrs.se
Big Blue Ocean Cleanup
The Swedish Club is now an official corporate member of the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup. www.bigblueoceancleanup.org
Big Blue Ocean Cleanup helps keep the oceans clean, protect marine wildlife, and support innovative technologies. They run free educational workshops and provide resources for schools worldwide, inspiring every generation to take action and protect our blue planet. The non-profit also sends out free clean up equipment to anyone who requests it, and this is done on a global scale from their distribution network.
In Greece, we proudly sponsor:
HELMEPA is the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association, the pioneering voluntary commitment of Greek seafarers and ship owners to safeguard the seas from ship-generated pollution, undertaken in Piraeus on 4 June 1982. Under the motto, "To Save the Seas", they have consistently supported their initiative to date. https://helmepa.gr
Since 2004, the Thalassa Foundation has taken numerous initiatives aiming at the protection of marine lives.
"The Mediterranean Sea is well-known for the wide range of rare species of fauna and flora that it hosts. Due to its significant natural value, the expansion of marine protected areas is imperative.
Rare marine mammals from monk seals to sperm whales and common dolphins are about to become extinct unless we adopt more sustainable ways of development and we stop overexploiting marine ecosystems."
In Gothenburg, Sweden:
Faktum - monthly magazine
Faktum is a monthly magazine sold by homeless people. The magazine's organisation is focused on giving the homeless, or people in similar situations, a chance to come back to society or have money for the day. It is also a way back to start taking responsibility.
Faktum aims to debate and form an opinion regarding the homeless and their exposure in a hard, tough society.