Alang-based Leela Ship Recycling has become the first ship recycling facility in South Asia to receive the Social Accountability certification, as per SA8000 standards.
Komalkant Sharma, chairman and managing director of Leela Ship Recycling, commented: “Being the first ship recycling yard in South Asia to obtain a Social Accountability certification, clearly demonstrates our hard work and dedication to improving worker Health and Safety standards at Leela, setting new benchmarks for excellence.”
SA8000 is one of the world’s first auditable certification standards that encourages organisations to develop, maintain and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace. It is based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, conventions of the ILO, UN and national law, and spans industry and corporate codes.
“I sincerely hope that more Hong Kong Convention-compliant yards will also work to achieve this certification in the region, so that the global maritime community can further see the gradual progress taking place, and the significant investment being made to improve standards in Alang,” Sharma said.
Earlier this year, Leela Ship Recycling received a Statement of Compliance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships from Class NK.
Source: seatrade-maritime news. 21 October 2016