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IMPA is extremely proud to announce that we joined forces with Seatrade Awards 2021 in creating the very first award for Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Companies and individuals who are successfully and sustainably managing global trade supply chains will have an opportunity to join the roll of honour at the 32nd edition of Seatrade Awards with the introduction of a brand new award category, titled “Sustainable Supply Chain Management Award”, which will be run and judged in association with IMPA.

For those not familiar with the Seatrade awards, it is fair to say it is the flagship award scheme for the international maritime community having been established since 1989. The Sustainable Supply Chain Management Award is one of thirteen categories to now be open for entries at this year’s Seatrade Awards, which is globally recognised by the market as the most prestigious maritime award scheme. This new award provides a channel for ship owners, operators and managers across the global market to highlight their positive work, but is also open to all who play a part in managing supply chain operations.

Susan Koefoed, IMPA CEO and Chair who will be sitting on the judging panel, said the following:

We are delighted to be working with the Seatrade Awards team to recognise the tremendous efforts in sustainability within the maritime supply chain. Sustainability is one of our core pillars, AS EVIDENCED BY OUR INCREASING WORK WITH THE IMPA SAVE AND IMPA ACT PROJECTS, and this prestigious and important new award will help showcase some of the many innovative new initiatives in procurement and supply chain management that are helping to drive global change on a social and environmental level.

This Award will recognise companies and/or individuals putting sustainability at the heart of their supply chain management processes. Judges will be looking for quantifiable evidence of reduction of negative environmental impact, new ideas with cost effective business models, R&D commitment and the breadth of impact on organisational culture.

Judges confirmed so far include Koefoed, who will chair the panel, and Katharine Palmer, Global Sustainability Manager at Lloyd’s Register, with further panel members being announced shortly. Chris Morley, Brand Director – Seatrade Maritime, said:

For an industry that is not only relied upon to transport 90% (by volume) of global trade but also going through its own period of rapid digital transformation, it is more important than ever that shipping businesses seek to efficiently optimise and streamline the management of their supply chain. A tremendous amount of effort has already been invested in managing and creating sustainable links. Therefore, we are delighted to be working in association with IMPA to offer those businesses an opportunity to highlight their positive work on a global platform.

The Sustainability in Supply Chain Management Award is one of thirteen awards that is now open for entries until 20th July 2021. The winners will be revealed in the autumn of 2021.

To sign up or read more, follow Seatrade Maritime News or the International Marine Purchasing Association.

For more information on Seatrade Awards, contact:

Charlotte Thornton Marketing Manager – Seatrade Maritime E:

About Seatrade Awards Established in 1989, Seatrade Awards is the flagship award scheme for the international maritime community. For more information on Seatrade Awards, visit

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Almost three years from its initial joining, the Association publishes its Communication on Engagement, describing the practical actions taken to support the UN Global Compact.

"I am pleased to confirm that IMPA reaffirms its support to the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption", explains Susan Koefoed, IMPA's CEO, in the Association's latest Communication on Engagement with the UN Global Compact. Proceeding to describe an extensive list of the various actions that our organisation has taken to support the initiative, the report goes in depth about the practical actions that IMPA has taken in the last two years and a half within its Sustainability pillars, mainly activities organised under the IMPA SAVE or IMPA ACT banner.

In addition to a statement of continued support from our CEO and a measurement of outcomes, the Association's Communication on Engagement contains a description of the practical actions that we have taken in the last two years to support the Global Compact and to engage with the initiative:

  • Engaging members in collective action efforts on Global Compact-related issues and attracting new participants to the UN Global Compact through their outreach efforts and awareness raising, for instance through our annual Sustainability runs.

  • Organising learning and dialogue events, workshops and training for members on specific topics relevant to corporate sustainability, including IMPA SAVE and IMPA ACT webinars, podcasts, conferences and short courses.

  • Other actions to support the Global Compact and to engage with the initiative, such as recognition of existing members in our SMS database, education, and others.

We invite our stakeholders, supporters, and members to read the full Communication on Engagement and see what their Association has been up to when it comes to the sustainability agenda in the last two years and a half. The COE is now publicly available at https://www.unglobalcompact.or...

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Updated: Mar 30

IMPA, the International Marine Purchasing Association, formed in July 2020 a new council for supply chain sustainability under the banner of IMPA SAVE as part of its bid to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality. The first project is an initiative for the mass reduction of plastic drinking water bottles from the world’s fleet, today amassing over 10% of the world's vessels.

IMPA SAVE aims to support the call to action for the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), becoming the vehicle through which the Sustainability Council alongside IMPA members and marine colleagues work with the industry’s best and brightest and bring knowledge of sustainable solutions to the maritime.

The SAVE council is made up of a strong group of global shipowners and maritime suppliers representing companies with a combined fleet of more than 1000 vessels and a massive collective purchasing power, who are, more importantly, keen to be among the first responders to the call for a more sustainable blue economy. With representatives from Maersk Procurement, Teekay Shipping, Wilhelmsen Ship Management, Oceanic Catering, Scorpio Group and Weco Shipping, the group is chaired by IMPA Special Ambassador Mikael Karlsson of Francois Marine & Offshore, part of the Northern Marine Group.

By bringing companies together under the IMPA SAVE programme, IMPA aims to create an opportunity to share knowledge on better, more sustainable practices and alternatives through regular webinars and conferences in order to motivate each other to be better stewards of our oceans through procurement and supply chain management and committing and impact reporting.

Stephen Alexander, IMPA’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

“SAVE’s mantra is now a well-known but essential narrative: guarding the people, our planet, profit and our higher purpose. We must save cost and save the environment, and those working throughout the supply chain have a huge role to play in this”

The first project entitled ‘getting to zero’ aims to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic drinking water bottles purchased for the world’s fleet.

There is close to 1 billion litres of drinking water delivered on board each year generating more than 40 tons of waste bottles and the IMPA SAVE council are urging fellow ship owners and managers to pledge a commitment to make efforts to reduce this number over coming months and years. Ship owners and managers are able to make the pledge on a new website developed for the programme by IMPA at

Mikael Karlsson, the programme’s Chair and IMPA’s Sustainability Special Ambassador, said:

“just picture a bridge five feet wide made of plastic drinking water bottles; our industry’s annual consumption would reach all the way to the moon. If that’s not enough, then consider the impact on the environment of the delivery of the bottles, the packaging and the CO2.”

Karlsson and his colleagues on the SAVE council argue that these costs to companies and to the environment can be significantly reduced with practical solutions readily available to make alternative arrangements for healthy, clean and accessible drinking water.

Karlsson adds:

“With many vessels already operating with a functioning reverse osmosis or evaporators onboard, the addition of a filtration system means drinking water is freely available offering a return on investment that benefits all”

The IMPA SAVE council is regularly bringing together industry professionals and filtration solution providers for the webinars exploring available options. All past webinars can be seen at

So far, 23 companies have pledged to reduce single-use plastic drinking water bottles onboard vessels. The up to date list can be found below:

Vroon BV

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM)

Wilhelmsen Ship Management

GP General Procurement Company Limited (GENPRO)


Ultraship ApS

Charterwell Maritime S.A.

Stolt Takes BV

Grieg Star

Utkilen AS

Roll Group

Lauritzen Kosan

Teekay Shipping Ltd


OSM Maritime Group


Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd

Maersk Line

Stena Bulk

Northern Marine Group

Scorpio Group

Oceanic Catering

Weco Shipping

About IMPA

IMPA was founded in 1978 by a group of senior purchasing executives in the shipping industry and today represents more than 1000 companies around the world. It operates under a five-pillar programme that includes events and networking, membership programme, sustainability initiatives, the Marine Stores Guide reference system and education. In 2013, the Association launched a world first in responsible supply chain management, IMPA ACT, that was aligned to the UN Guiding Principles introduced two years earlier, and this represented the organisation’s first step on a sustainability journey.

To find out more about IMPA, visit the website at

For further information and photographs, please contact the following:

Stephen Alexander,

IMPA Chief Operating Officer

IMPA Secretariat Office

Tel: +44 (0)1206 798900



This press release is regularly updated and can be used as is.

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