On 29 November, General Manager, Sustainable Development (SD), Simon Bennett was recognised as one of the top leaders in sustainability in the Asia Pacific region at Eco-Business’s “A-List” event held in Singapore.
General Manager, Sustainable Development, SPO & The China Navigation Company (CNCo), Simon Bennett receiving the award from Head, South East Asia Climate and Energy Network, British High Commission, Singapore, Camilla Fenning.
The event was organised by Eco-Business, a social enterprise that prides itself on publishing and producing SD-related news and views. The awardees were selected by a team of journalists and advisory board members of Eco-Business. The organiser commended nine outstanding individuals for their excellent work in sustainability and for advancing positive social and environmental impact for the communities around them in their respective industries.
Simon “lied about his age and ran away to sea” when he was 17 and took a three years’ sabbatical after getting his Second Mates Certificate of Competency to pursue an honours degree in environmental science before he joined Swire in 1984. Today, he helms the Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) and The China Navigation Company (CNCo) SD team to advocate and drive SD programmes, a role he has been performing for the past 11 years.
A strong advocate of sustainable shipping, Simon has been championing SD programmes in Swire including purchasing virgin Atlantic rainforests in Paraguay to offset SPO’s carbon footprint, recycling of vessels in a sustainable way, and investing in the education of today’s youth, just to name a few.
General Manager, Sustainable Development, SPO & The China Navigation Company (CNCo), Simon Bennett photographed with representatives from SPO and CNCo.
Simon sits on the board of trustees of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative. He is also a member of the founding steering group of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative which provides a platform for shipowners to share data on their ship recycling process across a set of disclosure criteria and allows buyers and sellers to make informed decisions on vessel recycling. He is also on the Singapore Management University Maritime Business Operations Track Advisory Council, a Director of the Singapore Environment Council and a Director of Singapore’s only LGBT inclusive church. He also sits on the British Chamber Of Commerce (Singapore) Committees for their Sustainability and Responsibility, Transport and Logistics, and Diversity and Inclusion business groups.
“I am humbled and proud to be accepting this award as a A-Lister; but fully recognise and credit that this is only possible because I work with a A-Team for both SPO and CNCo, I have the support from senior management and I am driven forward by the enthusiasm in this area from the millennials freshly joining, and the others who’ve been with us so long."
General Manager, Sustainable Development (SD), Simon Bennett
To read more about Simon's interview with the Eco-Business, please click here.