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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Cargill is partnering with four non-governmental organizations to improve sustainability and accountability across the ocean shipping industry.

The company said it is aiming to lead industrywide progress toward safer and more efficient international shipping through alignment with the Global Maritime Forum, the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network, the North American Environment Protection Association 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.”

The four agreements connect Cargill with organizations leading sustainability efforts across the international shipping industry, including:

  • The Global Maritime Forum is a newly formed organization that annually convenes leaders from across the maritime community to deliver long-term impact and sustainable change. Cargill signed an agreement to become an official partner of the Global Maritime Forum on Jan. 10.
  • The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine industry-led organization that focuses on the protection of the marine environment. Cargill became an official partner on Jan. 10.
  • The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network is a global business network working toward the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption. It has become one of the pre-eminent examples of collective action to tackle corruption. Cargill joined the network on Jan. 26.
  • The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) is a networking organization for women at a management level in the maritime industry. WISTA serves as a connector for its network of over 3,000 female maritime professionals in more than 40 countries by providing access to global and regional networking, conferences as well as business and skill building coaching opportunities. Cargill formally partnered with the Association in both Singapore and Geneva in December 2017 and January 2018, respectively.