Global marine, offshore and fire safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has announced it is now a Preferred Supplier under the IMPA ACT programme.
IMPA ACT is an initiative of the International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA) that commits its member shipowners, ship operators, and ship suppliers to demonstrate responsible supply chain management (RSCM) and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
VIKING is no stranger to such principles. In fact, the company’s focus on a key issue for the world is reflected in its tagline: ‘Protecting People and Business’, and its products have saved the lives of passengers and crew in numerous emergency situations at sea.
CEO Henrik Uhd Christensen sees responsibility toward the wider community as a core element of the company: “We work hard to ensure that achieving and maintaining world-class safety compliance is as easy as possible for shipowners and other maritime decision-makers. And we have made great progress in the area, particularly with our Shipowner Agreements that pull equipment and servicing together in a much more manageable way than the administratively heavy practices of the past.”
At the core of the IMPA ACT Initiative is the Supplier Code of Conduct, a set of social, environmental, and economic principles based on internationally endorsed UN minimum expectations for businesses, which represent current best practices. Under the programme, VIKING has committed to aligning with the association’s Supplier Code of Conduct over time, both internally and within its supply chain.
“Of course, VIKING has long worked with its own Code of Conduct toward its suppliers,” says Henrik Uhd Christensen. “The IMPA ACT Supplier Code of Conduct further strengthens our ability to address vital issues in relation to our operations around the globe.”