The CEO’s Message
It is with immense pleasure that I present Thome’s first voluntary sustainability report which showcases our commitment to a more sustainable future. The year 2020 has been filled with many unprecedented changes and challenges for the ship management industry and in spite of this, Thome has voluntarily reported on our sustainability performance to monitor and report our progress to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At Thome, we believe that being transparent allows us to consider our impacts on various sustainability issues and stakeholders, mitigate any risk and tap into new opportunities.
In 2020, our Business Continuity Plan has allowed the Group to continue functioning within the limitations set by various countries around the world. An internal pandemic committee was set up to address the various challenges which has affected crew changeovers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Against this backdrop, I am pleased to report that we have not only continued to be a reliable partner but also prioritised the safety and wellbeing of our seafarers at the same time. We were decisive to form an Emergency Response Team to deal with challenges faced by managed vessels and crew.
The career progression of our crew and office staff has always been very important to the management at Thome. Our Safety Coach Program, introduced in 2019, strives to achieve the holistic development of crew and focuses on onboard capability development in safety. The introduction of a new Learning Management System (LMS) has also helped improve efficiency by automating a lot of our manual systems and providing transparency to managers and staff with regards to their training needs.
In the environmental aspect, a pilot project was launched in 2020 to reduce plastic waste onboard through the installation of water dispensers and purifiers. The project was well-received by the crew and participating vessels have reported a significant reduction of plastic waste onboard. Given the severe impacts plastic have on marine health, Thome will expand this program to more of its managed fleet of vessels. I am pleased to report that our efforts to minimise any negative impact on the planet has been recognised by an industry award which highlighted the Group’s use of an ‘Environment’ module in the NAU app.
“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail” – Thome lives by this maxim. We hold ourselves and our partners to the highest levels of ethics. We are part of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network which is a consortium of maritime companies across the globe with the shared vision of having a maritime industry free of corruption. As a manager of a fleet operating worldwide, regulatory compliance is always a top priority for us. In this way, Thome can operate responsibly and create positive impact for all stakeholders.
I would like to thank each and every employee and stakeholder, whether ashore or at sea, for adapting to the changes brought by the pandemic and for your continued support. I am confident that by remaining steadfast to our commitments, balancing business priorities and sustainable development, we can help to shape a better future. I hope you enjoy reading this report. Thank you.
Chief Executive Officer