ZVT participant in UN network

December 29, ZVT was accepted in the UN network to tackle climate change where the multi-year strategy to drive business awareness and action in supporting the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

ZVT is committed to participate and engage in the following ways:

  • when partnerships on sustainability and strive towards vision zero within the maritime arena are discussed,
  • when maritime participants like support as they implement their sustainability efforts, and,
  • offer the ZVT method and sharing of stakeholders’ lessons learned when so sees fit.

On this note, this year, June 5-9, the UN Conference to Support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal no 14 “conserve and sustainably use of the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development” is held in New York.

What is the SDGs

“On 1 January 2016, the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. It is clear that the SDGs not only identify where we have to be in 2030 to create a sustainable world, they also outline new markets and opportunities for companies all over the world. To succeed, we must turn the global goals into local business.”

What is the United Nations Global Compact

"The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Global Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate policies and practices. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with over 9,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in 160 countries."

The 10 principals included, where Environment is one of focus areas;

Human Rights

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labour Standards

Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Environment 

Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

Anti-corruption

Principle 10: Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.