Quotation Schramm, Hans-Joachim. 2020. Just do good things and talk about? The state of sustainability reporting by liner shipping operators. eLRN Special Web Conference, Cardiff, Gro├čbritannien, 01.09-11.09.




Purpose: Until recently, most liner shipping operators were not too transparent about their performance in terms of the triple bottom line (i.e. social-environmental-economic dimensions). However, constant pressure by stakeholders and joint work in the context of the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) seem to change their habits. By 2018, almost all top liner shipping operators delivered as least some sort of sustainability reporting to the public. While employing qualitative data analysis software to conduct a thematic content analysis, the aim of the paper is to examine systematically structural patterns and recurrent themes in their communication along the triple bottom line in the maritime shipping domain supplemented by a stakeholder perspective in line with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and/or Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) guidelines. Research Approach: Sustainability reporting activities by top 50 liner shipping operators in form of sustainability reports or environmental/ social responsibility reports are inspected by means of thematic content analysis in order to reveal core themes and work out structural patterns. Findings and Originality: Between 2016 and 2018, 57 publications of sustainability reporting from 22 liner shipping operators were identified with diverse contexts of reporting practice impacting depth and breadth of content dealing with social, environmental and economic performance subject for further analysis and discussion. Research Impact: The assessment of sustainability reporting of liner shipping operators gives in sights in their reporting practice and core themes dealing with. Practical Impact: Spread of best practices and a development of common guidelines should enhance the quality of future sustainability reporting in liner shipping.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Just do good things and talk about? The state of sustainability reporting by liner shipping operators
Event eLRN Special Web Conference
Year 2020
Date 01.09-11.09.
Country United Kingdom
Location Cardiff
URL https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/conferences/logistics-research-network-conference-2020


Schramm, Hans-Joachim (Details)
Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research areas (├ľSTAT 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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