As a non-profit organisation and champion of young shipping professionals, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is important to us.

It is our duty to play a positive role in our society, to act in a socially-responsible manner and to consider our social and economic impact wherever practicably possible. There is no universally-accepted definition of corporate social responsibility, but it has generally come to be understood as business decision-making linked to ethical values, legal compliance and respect for individuals, community and our environment.

A company committed to CSR goes further than required by law so as to:

  • operate with integrity and in an ethical manner in all its business dealings with customers, suppliers, lenders and others;
  • encourage diversity and equal opportunities;
  • sustain the environment for future generations; and
  • be a responsible neighbour and demonstrate good corporate citizenship.

In addition to our regular networking events where we seek to empower young shipping professionals, SPNL is proud to have been actively associated with helping others in the following ways:

Education Campaigns

SPNL is a platform for young shipping professionals. In line with this, we appreciate that the young shipping professionals of tomorrow also need to be supported. To assist these “developing professionals” we have created several SPNL prizes for top students.

OSCAR Campaign (Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity)

The OSCAR campaign (The Ocean and Shipping Community Advancing Children’s Health and Research) is an innovative fundraising partnership uniting the international shipping community to raise funds at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH).

GOSH saves the lives of some of the world´s sickest children every day. Patients come to the hospital from all over the world, including from Greece, Cyprus, Kuwait, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

The OSCAR Campaign has raised significant funds towards areas of urgent need at GOSH and ICH. The campaign is the inspiration of Phil Parry, Chairman of Spinnaker Consulting Ltd, whose son Oscar received lifesaving care at the Great Ormond Street Hospital. The campaign represents a unique opportunity to bring together companies and individuals from across the shipping community to create a shared legacy, delivering tangible support to help advance pioneering medicine for children around the world.

Seafarer Welfare

SPNL is a proud supporter of the Mission to Seafarers which provides help and support to the 1.5 million crewmen and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.

The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) is open night and day, 365 days a year. They work in 200 ports across 50 countries, caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Seafarers seek their assistance because all too often they have nowhere else to turn.

When a seafarer is…

  • shipwrecked and has lost everything, the MtS is there with clothes, food, accommodation, safe refuge and that vital phone call home;
  • injured and alone in a foreign hospital, MtS offer support and liaise with seafarer families;
  • stranded without pay, with no food, money or ticket home, the MtS provides for seafarers and helps with embassy, legal and immigration issues;
  • taken hostage by pirates the MtS liaises with seafarer families, offer counselling and post-trauma care for seafarers once released;
  • not paid by a company after many months at sea, the MtS helps negotiate with employers and arranges legal or union advice;
  • denied shore leave and unable to make contact with their families, the MtS ship-visitors take internet-linked laptops, phone cards and newspapers on board; and
  • on a short turnaround in port with barely any time ashore, MtS staff transport seafarers to Flying Angel Clubs where they can socialise, have meals, contact their families and enjoy a break from their ship.