ACA member line among the world's most ethical companies
Holland America Line was recognized in 2012 as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, the leading business ethics think-tank.
Out of a record number of nominations for the award, Holland America secured its spot on the list by implementing and maintaining upright business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to the company’s success, benefit the community and raise the bar for ethical standards within the industry.
Holland America Line also earned the coveted Ethics Inside® Certification from the Ethisphere Institute in December. The cruise line completed the certification process in 2011 and was awarded certification for 2012-2013. Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer Kelly Clark accepted the 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies awards at an event in New York on March 15, 2012. “We received an extremely high score for a first-time submission when we applied for Ethics Inside Certification,” Clark said. “To be recognized with these back-to-back honors is a reflection of our commitment to ethics.”
Read about the methodology and view the complete list of the 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies at http://www.ethisphere.com/wme. Information on Holland America’s sustainability initiatives can be found at www.hollandamerica.com.
Most cruise ships traveling to Alaska have onboard opacity monitoring technology to observe air emissions. The data collected is very useful in helping the environmental officers and engineers improve their systems and monitor compliance with state and federal laws.
Like the airline industry, the cruise industry is acutely aware of concerns about air quality and emissions, and ACA member lines are taking steps to minimize their environmental impact. Alaska is the first cruise destination to partner with cruise lines to allow ships to plug in to local shoreside power while docked in communities with sufficient infrastructure. In Juneau, shore power is available at one dock, allowing the vessel moored there to reduce emissions by plugging into the city’s hydroelectric power. This practice, which results in a significant reduction in fuel emissions, is now being adopted by cruise ports around the world.
In addition, the industry has invested in emission scrubber technology to test its effectiveness on ships, as well as many energy conservation efforts, including improved hull designs and environmental friendly coatings, better power management, and energy efficient appliances.
Cruise ship emissions are monitored by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation using methods developed by the Environmental Protection Agency.