As members of the global maritime community, we perceive an urgent need to improve working conditions for seafarers now and into the future. Today, when seafarers encounter issues, they are often dealt with as isolated concerns.
However, we believe that an industry-wide set of best practices for diversity, equity, inclusion, and a culture of care is necessary for long-term human sustainability.
Human sustainability is good for business and good for seafarers. For that reason, our collective goal is to support a culturally and strategically sustainable set of conditions that focus on the totality of the seafarer experience. We believe significant improvements can be achieved, now and for generations to come, if the global maritime industry unites around best practices for those working at sea and their loved ones ashore.
Human seafarers and their families at home deserve peace of mind, security and wellbeing, which can only be achieved across all sectors of the global maritime industry by developing and adopting systems and policies that support Seafarer Human Sustainability.
The concept of Seafarer Human Sustainability should be a significant consideration across all aspects of maritime governance and all facets of seafarer life – onboard, ashore and at home.
Seafarer Human Sustainability includes programs and systems that support wellbeing at sea, including education, nutrition, healthcare, insurance, mental health support, environmental safety, economic security, access to global electronic payment systems, freedom from abuse and harassment, as well as safe options to address and remedy concerns.
Due to the unique nature of seafarer work, the concept of Human Sustainability must extend to those they leave behind at home. Seafaring families also deserve peace of mind and security through economic safety nets, insurance, access to healthcare, and other measures that help keep families secure while loved ones work at sea for extended periods of time.