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Sustainable development

Thanks to its various technologies and specialised services, Wärtsilä is well positioned to reduce exhaust emissions and the use of natural resources, and to support its customers in preparing for new regulatory requirements. Wärtsilä’s R&D efforts continue to focus on the development of advanced environmental technologies and solutions. The company is committed to supporting the UN Global Compact and its principles with respect to human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. Wärtsilä’s share is included in several sustainability indices. During the first quarter of 2017, Wärtsilä was reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe.

The International Convention for the Control and Management of ships’ ballast water and sediments will enter into force on 8 September 2017, with the intention of addressing the issue of invasive aquatic species being carried in the ballast water of ships and then discharged into the sea where they can harm local species. Wärtsilä is well placed to support its customers as they prepare to meet the upcoming regulatory requirements. During the first quarter, Wärtsilä announced an agreement to supply globally operating tanker vessels managed by Minerva Marine Inc. with Aquarius ballast water management systems. Wärtsilä also announced that it is in the process of signing agreements with a number of major shipyards, with the shared goal of providing ship owners and operators with all necessary information and assistance concerning ballast water management systems.

Personnel health and safety is a priority for Wärtsilä. During the first quarter, Wärtsilä arranged its third global safety day under the theme ‘Stop and Care’ addressing the importance of intervening when unsafe acts are seen. Wärtsilä also launched a Zero Mindset training program, with the aim of strengthening safety leadership within the company.

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