Quotation Schramm, Hans-Joachim, Sofev, Petar, Sornn-Friese, Henrik. 2021. From ‘do less harm’ to ‘do good’? The state of sustainability reporting by liner shipping operators. International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) 2021 Conference - 'Accelerating Transitions', Rotterdam, Niederlande, 25.11-27.11.


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Until recently, most liner shipping operators were not too transparent about their performance in line with the triple bottom line (TBL), i.e., economic, environmental-social dimensions. However, constant pressure by stakeholders and joint work in the context of, e.g., the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) seem to change their habits. By 2018, most top liner shipping operators delivered at least some sort of sustainability reporting to the public. Employing qualitative data analysis software (NVivo) to conduct a thematic content analysis of relevant corporate communication, this paper examines patterns and recurrent themes in their communication along the TBL supplemented by a stakeholder perspective in line with existing sustainability reporting frameworks, such as, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) guidelines. Desk research obtained 115 annual sustainability reports from 26 international liner shipping operators, covering the period 2015-2020 subject to content analysis. The assessment of sustainability reporting of liner shipping operators gives insights in reporting practices and core themes addressed. The analysis uncovers alignment and shared understanding of sustainability issues in liner shipping. There is some shared understanding that may stem from present strategic alliance behavior and/or participation in the CCWG.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title From ‘do less harm’ to ‘do good’? The state of sustainability reporting by liner shipping operators
Event International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) 2021 Conference - 'Accelerating Transitions',
Year 2021
Date 25.11-27.11
Country Netherlands
Location Rotterdam
URL https://iame2021.org/

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Schramm, Hans-Joachim (Details)
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Sofev, Petar (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Sornn-Friese, Henrik (Copen, Denmark)
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Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5336 Commodity science (Details)
5337 World trade science (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
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