One of the causes close to our hearts at NSSLGlobal is the Sailors’ Society – a charity that offers welfare, mental health support and crisis response to seafarers and their families around the world.
Many of us don’t realise the role the 1.6 million men and women seafarers play, in keeping our everyday global economy going, and the fact that a large proportion of these individuals will be apart from loved ones this Christmas. At NSSLGlobal, we understand the plight seafarers go through as well as their importance, which is why we have been a committed supporter of the Sailors’ Society over the past few years.
At a time of year when most people want to be close to their friends and family, many of these seafarers must remain at sea. To bring some Christmas cheer and festive spirit to the Sailors’ Society, we are sponsoring its Christmas carol service, taking place at midday on the 14th of December at London’s oldest church, All Hallows by the Tower. With strong links to the sea, River Thames and the Port of London, the altar, panels, model ships, memorial plaques and stained-glass windows all reflect the church’s maritime connections. In the centre of the altar, a candle burns for “all seafarers who are in danger or distress,” and there is even a dedicated mariners’ chapel.
We believe that all maritime organisations and vessel operators need to support each other. This event is a time to celebrate the spirit of Christmas whilst raising awareness of the struggles seafarers face. The service can be viewed via livestream here.
This Christmas NSSLGlobal is donating to:
In addition to the Sailors’ Society, NSSLGlobal actively supports a number of other charities. In 2022, we have recognised the valuable work that the Ocalenie Foundation (Fundacja Ocalenie) in Poland is doing to support Ukrainian families fleeing the war in their homeland and other refugees in need.
We are also proud to support SSAFA, the UK’s oldest national tri-service military charity, which offers the UK armed forces personnel, veterans and families with welfare, mental, disability, social care and health and support services. Many of our own employees are ex -forces and as a veteran friendly employer it is important to us to demonstrate this support.
We are continuing our relationship with the Danish Veteranprojekt Grønland (Veteran Project Greenland), which offers health and welfare support for veterans and their families in Greenland and Denmark ensuring parity of support.
As an organisation with a 50+ year history working in the maritime industry and as a company in the Norwegian Arendal Fossekompani (AFK) portfolio of clean tech companies we are on our own sustainability journey and recognise the immense challenges facing the our planet. We will be continuing our support of the work being conducted by the Marine Conservation Society, a non-profit that works with businesses, governments and communities to fight for cleaner and better protected healthier oceans.
As a committed signatory to the United Nations ESG Development Goals, the NSSLGlobal Group is entering 2023 with a Christmas donation in Germany to the non-profit Welthungerhilfe (World Hunger Education Service), which has a “vision of a world in which all people have the opportunity to live a self-determined life in dignity and justice, free from hunger and poverty” and works to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end hunger with “zero hunger wherever we work” by raising awareness and with the public and target group on issues related to hunger and malnutrition, along with sustainable solutions.