Alang-based yard Leela Ship Recycling has become the first ship recycling facility in South Asia to receive the Social Accountability certification, as per SA8000 standards.
“Being the first ship recycling yard in South Asia to obtain a Social Accountability certification, clearly demonstrates our hard work and dedication to improving worker Health and Safety standards at Leela, setting new benchmarks for excellence,” Komalkant Sharma, C.M.D of Leela Ship Recycling, said.
SA8000 is a standard that aims to empower and protect all personnel within a company’s scope of control and influence, including those who produce products or provide services for that company.
Leela’s receipt of the certification by the independent verifier IRClass, demonstrates that the Ship Recycling Facility conforms to the high standards required by the qualification, including ILO Conventions on reducing hours of work, abolition of forced labour, health and safety, remuneration, freedom of association, the right to organise collective bargaining and social security, among many others, according to the yard.
Earlier this year, Leela received a Statement of Compliance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships from Class NK.