Our History

Founded by IMPA in 2013 after two years of collaboration with some of the world's best CSR specialists and experienced procurement professionals, IMPA ACT is now the industry's preferred system for managing supply chain sustainability.

The International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA) has been representing the interests of the marine procurement profession and promoting co-operation between buyers and suppliers since 1978. As years have gone by, the Organisation has grown significantly and now represents close to 1,000 members. Run as not-for-profit, IMPA has been creating industry initiatives, products and services for the benefit of its members, and is a devoted signatory to the United Nations Global Compact.

The IMPA ACT initiative was born under IMPA’s umbrella, together with the efforts of Danish shipowners DS Norden and J. Lauritzen, and it stemmed from a desire to bridge the gap between sustainability and marine procurement, and to create a global standard in responsible purchasing and supplying within the shipping industry. It was launched in September 2013 and it was the first initiative of its kind to be fully aligned with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as the ten universal principles of the UN Global Compact. The initiative’s core lies in the IMPA ACT Supplier Code of Conduct, a pioneering Code that aims at becoming international best practice in marine procurement.

Over the years, IMPA ACT has become a robust and standardised responsible supply chain management system which decreases bureaucracy both for suppliers, who will not have to spend time anymore adhering to countless codes of conduct, and for shipping companies, who will be able to benefit from other purchasers’ assessment of common suppliers.

From a handful of members and supporters in 2013, IMPA ACT now has over 100 members, partners and supporters who range from highly-experienced shipping companies to dedicated organisations and major suppliers in the shipping industry. These come from more than 20 countries and, together, operate across the whole world.


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