Apr 12, 2023 | Ship classification news

Classification Society ClassNK has granted the Class C Innovation Endorsement Provider Certification to Fukujin Kisen, a ship owning company based in Ehime, Japan.

ClassNK offers its third-party Innovation Endorsement ‘Provider Certification’, which supports innovative initiatives, to companies and organisations. As companies pursue ESG-oriented management and SDGs, ClassNK conducts the third-party certification on the initiatives to transform their own business methods and organisation in order to establish a sustainable and competitive business. There are three categories of certification available to companies according to their innovation activity stage.

  • Class C (Concept: Organisational policy and system in place for innovation)
  • Class D (Development: Specific innovation activities being carried out)
  • Class S (Sustainable Implementation: Sustainable innovation with results implemented in the business)

Fukujin Kisen aims to be a company that pursues a new style of ship management using digitalisation, called ‘Next-Generation Ship Management’, and a rewarding and comfortable work environment for employees and seafarers based on ESG principles in order to ensure the safe operation of the fleet. An ESG Promotion Team and a Marine Project Team were newly established for that purpose.

ClassNK carried out the verification focusing on the policy, planning, and organisation building to realise ‘Next-Generation Ship Management’ and ‘ESG Management’, which are the goals and issued the Class C Innovation Endorsement Certificate for Providers as the company’s organisational structure was found to meet the requirements of the Class C stage.

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