The SDGs extend beyond the realm of the public sector. They are a call for action to all societal actors, giving particular importance to the role of non-state actors, including business. The SDGs present an extraordinary opportunity for companies to align their strategies and business models with global sustainable development needs.
As a global industry, shipping has a critical role to play in meeting many of the goals, and especially regarding goal 14, and indeed is already contributing to several of the main targets.
This report explores shippings potential contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals and identifies five main opportunity areas where the shipping industry can contribute. The report takes how the industry is already contributing to achieving the goals as its point of departure, and looks forward towards emerging opportunities.
We examine how shipping can contribute to the SDGs through:
managing its own operations sustainably;
influencing and setting requirements for suppliers in the maritime industry;
enabling other industries in the ocean space to generate economic growth and work, while protecting natural resources for the future.
For SDG 14 in particular, the report identifies the following action points:
Develop and implement solutions for collecting plastic waste in the oceans
Prevent transfer of alien species across geographies
Use ships to collect ocean research data