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Designing Maritime CSR for Sustainability: Considerations on Energy

Kamphuis, Michiel (2021) Designing Maritime CSR for Sustainability: Considerations on Energy.

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Abstract:Shipping is an important aspect of economic, social and human development, but the maritime industry has to contend with significant sustainability issues. The carbon emissions of the maritime industry amount to 3% of the global greenhouse emissions, which compares to the 6th largest CO2 emitting country worldwide, ahead of Brazil and Germany. Moreover, the environmental issues are interconnected with problems of economic and societal nature. It is likely that maritime energy management will - increasingly - be confronted with morally conflicting strategic and operational choices. To improve on energy sustainability, the maritime industry needs to attain social innovation alongside the technological innovations. One candidate for such innovation for shipping firms is maritime Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). I argue that maritime CSR should be (re-)designed from a new starting point, namely by considerations on energy itself. Values of energy sustainability can be addressed through organisational design; I investigate these by the hand of Value Sensitive Design (VSD). Subsequently, I make propositions for the design of maritime CSR through a holistic approach to energy, grounded in energy's circular movement through the biophysical (and thus societal) system and the recognition that energy use both establishes and challenges sustainable development.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 10 humanities in general, 55 traffic technology, transport technology, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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