The SSI is an organisation for the whole shipping industry run by its leaders and with a high level of ambition.

We help to protect the future of the industry by working individually and together on progressive approaches that accelerate sustainability.

The SSI operates in three distinct ways to achieve our Vision:


Demonstrating leadership through our members’ sustainability initiatives to encourage and inspire change by sharing learnings and best practice

Combining the SSI’s and its members’ expertise and knowledge to address specific challenges that require co-ordination, innovation or scale; working together to develop tangible solutions that can be adopted by the industry to overcome barriers to change

Driving and facilitating debate on key sustainability issues to encourage long-term thinking across the industry

We identify areas where the SSI is best placed to act and apply a number of our tools in those areas. We currently have several methods of delivering our objectives which include our bi-annual face to face members meetings, our working groups which focus on specific topics and our wider industry engagement through involvement in workshops, think tanks and conferences.

The SSI was founded in 2010 by Forum for the Future but has since grown into an independent charity led and managed by the industry members with support from its Secretariat and overseen by a board of trustees. This is a significant achievement, and reflects the continuous drive by the members to catalyse a sustainable industry.

Under FFTF’s guidance, the SSI members worked with the wider shipping industry to develop a Vision for a sustainable shipping industry in 2040 and a roadmap showing how this could be achieved. These are detailed in the ‘about the SSI’ section of the website, and all our current work focuses on achieving this vision.