2016 PRIZE-WINNER OF THE BLUE CHARTER TROPHY

    2016 PRIZE-WINNER OF THE BLUE CHARTER TROPHY

    Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO and Co-Founder of PONANT, was presented with the 2016 Blue Charter Trophy from the French Shipowners' Association by Gildas Maire, President of the French Shipowners’ Association.

    Presided over by Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Pacemar, the lead holding company of the Louis-Dreyfuss Armateurs Group, the jury made up of prominent figures from the maritime world1 chose to differentiate the actions of PONANT, which combines economic and social development with care for the environment in an exemplary manner.

    A carefully-chosen selection of itineraries, coatings that keep air and water pollution to a minimum, unique sisterships in terms of technological innovation, respect for local populations, raising awareness in both crew and guests on board and on land, a responsible Human Resources policy: there are many initiatives that put environmental preservation at the heart of PONANT’s priorities and the jury wished to acknowledge this.

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    THE 2016 EDITION OF THE BLUE CHARTER TROPHY IN 3 KEY ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • Gildas Maire, President of the French Shipowners’ Association:

    “PONANT is a resolutely forward-looking company which is proving with panache that economic expansion and environmental protection are complementary. Its commitment towards protecting the Poles and its willingness to make its crew and guests ambassadors for environmental preservation sheds new light on the cruise sector.”

    • Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of PONANT:

    It is a matter of great pride for PONANT to receive the Blue Charter Trophy.  Our commitment to environmental preservation is at the heart of our strategy, from the design of our ships to the philosophy transmitted aboard by our crew and naturalists, via our CSR policy. We are firmly resolved to continue to be the ecological leader by constantly innovating in this field. Receiving this trophy today honor and encourage us to reinforce our ambition.”

    • Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group:

    “Since I decided to create the Blue Charter in 2002, this trophy has continuously rewarded the social and environmental dynamism of French companies. PONANT is a fine example in point and I hope they will continue to develop in the harmony between French expertise and care for the environment they have successfully created.”


    ABOUT THE BLUE CHARTER OF THE FRENCH SHIPOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION

    Today, maritime transport is the most environmentally friendly means of transport. It emits five times less CO2 than road transport and 13 times less than air transport. Over the past 15 years, maritime transport has significantly reduced its environmental impact, despite a huge increase in the global trade being shipped at sea. The amount of oil pollution has thus decreased by 90% and the proportion of maritime transport in air pollution has been brought down to less than 3%.

    As of 2003, the French Shipowners’ Association signed the Blue Charter based on 5 major commitments:

    • Continuously improve ship safety and quality.
    • Protect the marine and coastal environment.
    • Guarantee good living and working conditions for crews.
    • Manage our companies with transparency and integrity.
    • Assert our solidarity with the maritime community.

    The charter was overhauled in 2013. For our organisation, this is a way of reasserting its ambition in terms of social and environmental responsibility. It also serves to highlight the enormous leap forward made by French shipowners in terms of environmental protection over the past fifteen years.

    The ambition of the Blue Charter is twofold:

    • to continue the drastic reduction of maritime transport’s environmental impact, by developing safer, cleaner and more energy efficient ships;
    • to promote high standards in social matters, by stimulating employment and training in maritime transport and services, as well as everyday social dialogue.

    The full text of the Charter is available on www.armateursdefrance.org

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