Cargill Fosters Shipping Sustainability

by Gary Dixon
with permission from TradeWinds

Commodities giant teams with NAMEPA and others on eco initiatives.

Carleen Lyden Walker (left), NAMEPA Co-Founder & Executive Director and IMO ambassador, with Anda Cristescu, Operations Director and Sustainability Lead for Cargill's ocean transportation business  Photo:  Cargill

Carleen Lyden Walker (left), NAMEPA Co-Founder & Executive Director and IMO ambassador, with Anda Cristescu, Operations Director and Sustainability Lead for Cargill's ocean transportation business  Photo:  Cargill

Commodities and chartering giant Cargill is teaming up with four NGOs to boost shipping sustainability.  The idea is to back initiatives and increase accountability across the sector.

It is aligning with the Global Maritime Forum, the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association.

“The maritime industry must be bold, ambitious and progressive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and marine pollution,” said Jan Dieleman, president of Cargill’s ocean transportation business.

“We are taking on these significant challenges with our partners, while also focusing on shorter-term efficiency targets to ensure shipping continues to be one of the most sustainable and cost-effective methods of international transportation for most goods.”

SDGs are the aim

Cargill has committed to using its influence in agriculture, food and nutrition to help achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  It is supporting a voluntary initiative to implement universal sustainability principles.

Anda Cristescu, operations director and sustainability lead for Cargill’s ocean transportation business, said: “These partnerships signify Cargill’s long-term commitment to sustainable ocean transportation.

“By bringing together businesses, NGOs, regulators, governments, suppliers and leaders in sustainability and marine environment protection, we can make considerable progress toward sustainability targets and advance the UN’s SDGs around climate change, biodiversity, inclusion and diversity and ethical business conduct in the shipping industry.”