Investigating the effectiveness of the maritime regulatory regime to address a socially responsible shipping industry: a content analysis study

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Abstract

The introduction of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in 2015, has transformed the approach of public and private entities to address environmental, social and economic challenges. As result, new governance and management insights are sought, among them corporate social responsibility (CSR), which is increasingly seen as a self-regulating means to help organizations meet multifaceted challenges. With regard to shipping, global developments have called for a blueprint to facilitate industry's transition to a more sustainable pathway. However, CSR applicability in the maritime business is relatively recent and has been mainly viewed as a voluntary and beyond regulatory compliance notion. Among these shifts, this study explores the effectiveness and extent to which the maritime regulatory regime has addressed CSR topics. A case study strategy and content analysis method is employed. In turn, ISO 26000 social responsibility standard employed as the guiding paradigm to identify applicability of CSR norms within selected maritime legislation. Findings revealed a satisfactory coverage by the maritime regime of CSR issues falling under the scope of human rights, labor, the environment and organizational governance subjects. Though, it seemed to lag behind in subjects situated within the array of fair operating practices, consumer treatment and community involvement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-640
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • maritime regulatory regime
  • CSR
  • sustainable shipping
  • ISO 2600 standard
  • compliance

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