Idwal is committed to a sustainable future and has adopted a number of initiatives at both a corporate and operational level relating to Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) matters, aligning ourselves with a number of UN sustainable development goals in order to contribute positively towards a sustainable future for our industry and the wider world.
Our aim is to support the decarbonisation goals of our customers and the wider shipping community by providing the world's largest and most connected network of marine professionals and focusing on supporting the needs of IMO 2030 and the growing demand for decarbonisation throughout our industry.
Operating sustainably and with a conscience, Idwal has all but eliminated air travel from our global operations and strives to become the industry’s first net carbon zero survey business by 2022, whilst embarking upon a number of initiatives designed to improve welfare, diversity and ethical business practices throughout everything that we do.
Adopted by all UN members states, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which are an urgent call for action by all countries to focus on ending poverty and other deprivations. hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
We have selected three goals that both align with Idwal's ethos and where we see ourselves being able to have the biggest impact. Chosen by Idwal employees, we will initially focus on supporting 'Good Health & Well-being', 'Climate Action', and 'Life Below Water'.
Idwal is committed to transparency within our organisation and will report regularly on the progress we make. Below you can find more information about how Idwal is pushing sustainability worldwide. You can also keep up to date on Idwal's sustainability initiatives via our blog and social feeds.
Using a domiciled network of surveyors and marine professionals who live close to the world's largest ports, we have almost entirely eliminated air travel from our operations, saving tens of thousands of tonnes of carbon every year.
Idwal Climate Action Champions Rhys Jevons, Adam Fisher, Steffan Henry, and Richard Vaughan have begun to build upon the foundation that our domiciled network has provided to reach complete carbon-neutrality by 2022.
Our teams are also active within the community, with Idwal's Sustainability Champions leading initiatives to improve colleague health, assist our local community, and to keep our cities and seas clean.
Each year, Idwal supports Cardiff Women's Aid and RISE Cardiff to help supply aid and support to vulnerable families in the region; donating thousands of pounds worth of toys and supermarket gift cards to people in need in Cardiff (Pictured right: Members of Idwal, Graig, and the Industry at the Graig 100 charity bike ride).
Idwal also run multiple charity events throughout the year, and are itching to get back on to the local marathon and sport challenge circuits to raise money for both national and international charities.
Idwal prides itself on the diversity of our workforce that now consists of over 300 individuals. Between our Surveyor Network and our office-based staff, we employ individuals from over 65 countries across the globe - with that number growing every month.
We are committed to addressing gender diversity in our industry, with Idwal currently meeting the industry average - but we strive to do better. Idwal will be launching a program in 2021 to support female seafarers in gaining the training and qualifications needed to become a Marine Surveyor, and actively providing opportunities to join the Idwal Surveyor Network upon success.
Idwal also have a number of policies in place to improve internal sustainability. From anti-bribery to diversity and modern slavery
As part of our employee contracts, Idwal employs an anti-bribery guide to ensure all colleagues are aware of posibilities and different forms of bribery.
Idwal prides itself on its diverse workforce, employing individuals from over sixty country worldwide. As part of all of our employment contracts, we ensure our targets and aims for diversity are communicated and transparent.
It is important to put mental health first and Idwal has partnered with Health Assured UK to provide staff with expert advice and a complete network of support services covering a wide variety of topics.
Idwal are committed to using and developing solutions to the problems that our industry faces, and are an active member of multiple initiatives and projects across the globe.
Day and night for 365 days per year, the Mission is on call to provide help for seafarers in over 200 ports around the world.
Seafarers need the Mission's help because they are often working in dangerous conditions, with no one else to turn to. Our Port Chaplains send us stories about the sea men and women they support, and we tailor our help to each and every one of them.
Careers at Sea is part of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), which in turn sits within the UK Chamber of Shipping. The MNTB works right across the UK to champion maritime education, training and skills.
Idwal has partnered with Careers at Sea to support Merchant Navy training and assist the next generation of seafarers.