NAMEPA Upgrades CSR/ESG Maritime Sustainability Passport Program – The ACTion Group Receives First Certification in Enhanced Program

March 30, 2022–   The ACTion Group is the first company to certify under NAMEPA’s (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) upgraded CSR/ESG Maritime Sustainability Passport (MSP) Program, announced Carleen Lyden Walker, NAMEPA’s Co-Founder and Executive Directory.  The regulatory compliance consulting firm, which helps organizations achieve operational excellence, received its MSP by achieving a 60% score or better in NAMEPA’s enhanced program.

“We congratulate the ACTion Group for attaining NAMEPA’s upgraded Maritime Sustainability Passport,” stated Ms. Walker.  “They are an excellent example to their clients, and the industry, of the importance of examining internal operations to ensure they match the expectations of regulators, customers and society at large.”

“’Understanding’ is the ACTion group’s 2022 focus word that encapsulates what the organization is intentional about every day throughout the year. That focus on understanding led the ACTion group to becoming a member of NAMEPA and earning the CSR/ESG Maritime Sustainability Passport” reflected Chris Kern, Compliance Manager for the ACTion Group.   “Focusing on our internal operations and developing procedures that promote sustainable strategies has improved our commitment to protecting the marine environment. We feel that earning the CSR/ESG Maritime Sustainability Passport has strengthen our capabilities and will help us provide improved ESG strategies to our customers. We are very proud to receive this recognition. The ACTion group looks forward to our continued partnership with NAMEPA and a greater understanding of sustainable solutions for the future of the maritime community.”

“NAMEPA has successfully run its CSR/ESG MSP Program for the past two years and remains the only Sustainability credential designed specifically for the maritime industry across all metrics (Environmental, Social and Governance)” stated Walker.  “We have upgraded the program to include an outside expert, ESGplus LLC, to assess the company submissions to the program to ensure the rigor and the credibility of our Maritime Sustainability Passport.  Further, we have enhanced elements of the Six Transparency Pillars, including expanding social and governance expectations such as mariner welfare and DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.”

The ACTion Group was awarded the MSP by completing all phases of the program, including supplying supporting documentation for its claims. ESGplus LLC evaluated their submission to determine whether they meet the CSR/ESG program’s criteria, which, upon approval, made them eligible to receive the MSP Certificate and Seal. The ACTion Group is the sixth company to successfully pass the CSR/ESG program. The goal of NAMEPA’s CSR/ESG program is to evaluate an entity’s corporate and governance, the environment, and the human element activities. The program provides resources to the maritime industry as a whole and to specific companies and individuals who strive to engage in industry best practices and play a role in creating a sustainable global environment, society, and economy. Its Six Transparency Pillars are used as a basis in which to assess the sustainable practices of an organization, company, or business.

The MSP Seal is used to signify the participant met or exceeded the program’s benchmarks, which offer basic guidelines for the maritime industry along with a Tool Kit to help achieve them and develop best practices using CSR/ESG principles. Some of the program’s benefits include increased efficiency, stakeholder visibility and positive global impact and social license. NAMEPA’s CSR/ESG program was awarded the 2021 Green4Sea Initiative Award. The Green4Sea award is given to an organization that has sparked, realized or significantly contributed with a specific initiative towards greener shipping. NAMEPA is extremely proud of its contribution to the maritime industry with its CSR/ESG program being the first known standards program specifically structured for the Maritime Industry.

To learn more about NAMEPA’s CSR/ESG Program, visit NAMEPA’s CSR/ESG Maritime Sustainability Program – NAMEPA or email with any relevant questions. The program is offered to NAMEPA members at no cost to qualify for the Maritime Sustainability Passport and receive the MSP seal. Non-members are welcome to apply to participate at a cost of $3000 or become NAMEPA members and have the fee waived. To protect the proprietary information of the qualifying companies, NAMEPA offers a non-disclosure agreement.



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About ESGplus LLC

At ESGplus we feel privileged to partner with NAMEPA in assisting with the CSR/ESG program and helping Maritime related companies on their ESG journey.

ESGplus LLC is committed to enhancing corporate governance, managing commercial & operational risk, and social & environmental compliance for our clients. We work hard to ensure best practices are in action to make the client’s maritime supply chain safer and more resilient while adding to social license and social equity.


Photo:  Chris Kearn, Compliance Manager the ACTion Group displaying their NAMEPA MSP Certificate

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