Close collaboration with our stakeholders

Sustainability assured 2011Wärtsilä participated in various sustainability-oriented partnerships and initiatives during 2011.

In April, Wärtsilä announced a co-operation agreement with Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), an independent Finnish non-profit organisation that works to resolve conflicts and build sustainable peace. The chairman of CMI is the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari. As lead partner, Wärtsilä supports the activities of CMI and creates partnership programmes with CMI in selected areas throughout the world.

Wärtsilä hosted a Suppliers’ Day seminar in August for 130 of its key suppliers to discuss current issues. The two-day seminar focused on the importance of close co-operation between Wärtsilä and its suppliers. Meeting the increasing demand for sustainable solutions and products was among the main topics of discussion.

Also in August, Wärtsilä and Shell Oil Company signed a joint co-operation agreement. The aim of the agreement is to promote and accelerate the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Gas-fuelled marine engines are seen as being a logical means for ship owners and operators to comply with increasingly stringent environmental legislation. The agreement will run for several years and will focus first on supplies from the US Gulf Coast, before being expanded to cover a broader geographical range.

Co-operation with the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) continued with Wärtsilä participating in the International Sustainable Seas 2011 event in Stockholm (Sweden) and Turku (Finland), hosted by Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria. Together with a large group of environmental experts, researchers, and government officials, Wärtsilä discussed the future of the Baltic Sea and highlighted the fact that scrubbers, and other environmental products and services provided by Wärtsilä, already enable the transition to more sustainable shipping in the Baltic Sea and the other seaways of the world.

In October, Wärtsilä joined other global companies and NGOs in signing the Sustainable Shipping Initiative’s (SSI) Vision 2040 to secure the industry’s future. This also marked the start of a joint work programme to deliver long-term sustainability. Included among the key goals of the vision are diversification of the industry’s energy mix, the dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas intensity, and enabling the financing of a large-scale uptake of technological and operational innovations to promote sustainability – as well as safety, health and transparency related issues. At the launch event in London, SSI members called on the industry to participate in its work streams in order to promote the most active knowledge transfer possible.

Continuous dialogue with our stakeholders is an integral part of Wärtsilä’s way of working. Through dialogue in various forums, and via direct relationships with stakeholders, a deeper understanding of the key issues and expectations related to sustainable development can be attained.

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