Top 10 economies urged to adopt UK-style anti-slavery laws
Campaigners have praised the UK’s anti slavery law and urged other countries to adopt similar legislation, Francis Churchill of CIPS writes.
The International Maritime Purchasing Association, or IMPA, represents the interests of the purchasing profession within shipping, promoting close co-operation and understanding between buyers and suppliers in the industry. IMPA ACT is an independent initiative launched by IMPA in late 2013.
IMPA ACT is an initiative that seeks to improve the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the international shipping and marine industries. All businesses linked to the shipping and marine industries, including ship owners, ship suppliers, IMPA members, and other interested groups, are encouraged to join and support IMPA ACT.
IMPA ACT is currently run out of the IMPA HQ in Colchester, UK. The core IMPA ACT team consists of:
IMPA ACT is supported by the IMPA team and the IMPA ACT Advisory Board.
IMPA ACT recently strengthened its team with a CSR expert, Tatiana Stotz, who has been appointed as the IMPA ACT Programme Manager. Tatiana has significant experience in the fields of human rights, CSR and law, having held a number of roles in Australia, Asia and Europe. She joins IMPA from GLOBAL CSR, the Danish consultancy that helped to develop the IMPA ACT Initiative.
IMPA ACT has drawn upon the work of the Danish Shipowners’ Association (Danmarks Rederiforening) in relation to CSR. The project ‘On Course for a Better World’ and its inspirational material on responsible supply chain management and supplier engagement signalled a need for the international shipping and marine industries to develop a pragmatic response to economic, environmental and social challenges in line with international principles.
IMPA ACT is the first RSCM initiative to place the UNGPs at its very core and that not only makes it unique, but also very solid and robust. We expect that a range of different stakeholders (including businesses, other RSCM initiatives, governments, international organisations, journalists, civil society and academics) will be keen to follow IMPA ACT and interested to learn from the industry’s experiences
We really see an option for a closer engagement and partnering with our key suppliers. That’s what we are doing. This is us getting in dialogue with an external supplier – they will obviously get to know a piece of JL that will be to their advantage. On the other hand it has a positive internal impact on our organisation. Engaging in that dialogue, until now we’ve not had a supplier that didn’t want to talk to us about this – it’s been a very positive reaction from our suppliers
This represents great vision and great foresight on your part and I’m delighted to recommend this strategy to all of your members.