The maritime trade and our people at sea play a tremendous role in our everyday lives and in sustaining local and global economies today, and in the future. MSC works with the international community and business partners – who rely on shipping to transport their goods – in addressing emerging challenges arising from the global pandemic as well as advocating for more resilient global maritime value and supply chains.
The responsibility to respect the human rights of seafarers is not limited to the shipping sector. It is our collective duty to address the humanitarian crisis at sea and protect the human rights of seafarers, during COVID-19 and beyond. At MSC we actively engage our stakeholders, collaborating with partners to advocate for shared solutions to social challenges, including the current crew change crisis.
MSC is an active member of the Container Cargo Owners Human Rights Working Group launched by the Institute for Human Rights and Business
and the Consumer Goods Forum
focused on promoting and advancing Human Rights Due Diligence in Ocean Transportation.
Besides implementing additional health protocols and measures introduced to promote safety and address emerging mental health risks posed to our seafarers, in December 2020 MSC signed the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change