Members and Partners



The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has 20 environmental, human and labour rights organisations as members (including the secretariat based in Brussels), distributed in ten countries around the world. The members are, in alphabetical order:


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Basel Action Network (BAN) is focused on confronting the excesses of unbridled free trade in the form of “Toxic Trade” (trade in toxic wastes, toxic products and toxic technologies) and its devastating impact on global environmental justice. Working at the nexus of human rights and environment, BAN confronts the issues of environmental justice at a macro level, preventing disproportionate dumping of the world’s toxic waste and pollution on our global village’s poorest residents. Further, BAN promotes sustainable and just solutions to our consumption and waste crises. Based in Washington, USA.
Contact: Jim Puckett,

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Ban Asbestos
is a network of local organisations monitoring anti-asbestos legislation where it exists and litigating for the abolition of asbestos where anti-asbestos legislation is lacking. Based in Paris, France.
Contact: Annie Thébaud-Mony,

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Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)
was initiated in 1992 by a group of young lawyers who felt the urgent need for an advocacy group to monitor and pursue the implementation of laws and regulations to protect the environment. Over the years, BELA has become a true pressure group against environmental violations, and its activities played a significant role in popularising the environment amongst the general public. With 60% of the total population in Bangladesh estimated at having no access to justice, BELA is considered a pioneer in public interest environmental litigation (PIEL). Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Contact: Rizwana Hasan, 


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The Bellona Foundation is a multi-disciplinary international environmental NGO based in Oslo, Norway. Founded in 1986 as a direct action protest group, it has since become a recognised technology and solution oriented, environmental defender with offices on two continents. Altogether, some 40 ecologists, nuclear physicists, engineers, economists, lawyers, advisors and journalists work at Bellona.
Contact: Sigurd Enge,


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Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) props up the endeavours of the labour movement to act in proper with the labour rights issues and its social actions. BILS facilitates to strengthen links and networks between trade unions and other civil society organizations with similar interests, particularly in the justification of human and democratic rights and social justice in all its aspects. BILS was established in 1995 with the support and active participation of major National Trade Union Federations of the country. Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


The Center for the Rule of Law – Islamabad (CRoLI) is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the creation and utilization of legal knowledge, Rule of Law, Intellectual Property Rights, Human Rights and various other branches of law. They also educate the public at large about the critical importance of protecting legal rights worldwide. Founded by former Judge Muhammad Majid Bashir, CRoLI collaborates with other research societies, stakeholders, government departments and international organizations to launch campaigns, do research, publish, conduct seminars and conferences for the general understanding of the law in Pakistan.
Contact: Majid Bashir,

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The Corporate Accountability Desk The Other Media coordinate a corporate accountability and environmental health desk that extends technical, logistics, legal and strategic support to communities that are fighting corporate crime. The voluntary collective investigates and reports on the environmental and human rights track record of corporations and works as a support/solidarity group in India for people’s struggles against industrial pollution and related human rights violations. Based in Cuddalore, India.
Contact: Madhumitta Dutta,

The European Federation for Transport & Environment, founded in 1989, is Europe’s principal environmental organisation campaigning on sustainable transport. T&E’s primary focus is on European policy and its work is supported by 45 NGO member organisations working in 21 countries to promote an environmentally sound approach to transport. The T&E secretariat in Brussels works closely in various ways together with the European institutions, while member organisations have close contacts with national decision-makers and campaign at national level. Based in Brussels, Belgium.
Contact: Bill Hemmings,


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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
was created in 1922. It now includes 141 national human rights NGOs from all regions of the world. FIDH has a generalist mandate and consequently works on all human rights be they civil, political, economic, social, or cultural rights. FIDH carried out fact-finding missions on shipbreaking in India and Bangladesh, which resulted in the publication of a mission report in 2002 entitled ‘Labour Rights in Shipbreaking Yards in South Asia, Where do the floating dustbins end up?’. In 2005 FIDH, Greenpeace and YPSA released a report entitled ‘End of Life Ships – The Human Cost of Breaking Ships’. Based in Paris, France.
Contact: Geneviève Paul,

Greenpeace is an international non-governmental organisation founded in 1971, working on global and environmental problems. Greenpeace started its shipbreaking campaign by highlighting this environmental and human rights disaster in 1998. Since then the environmental organisation has been working for a global solution be it through the Basel Convention, the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) and the ILO (International Labour Organisation) as well as in the shipbreaking countries such as India and Turkey. Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Contact: Nadia Haiama,

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The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS) is an independent body dedicated to the world-wide eradication of the continuing use of asbestos and the minimisation of dangers from asbestos products already within society. IBAS works to obtain a universal ban on the future use of all forms of asbestos. The organisation also provides information that will assist asbestos victims seeking redress and financial compensation from employers, asbestos manufacturers, governments and others who may have caused their diseases. Based in London, UK.
Contact: Laurie Kazan-Allen, 

Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE) comprises of groups of lawyers working on issues of environmental democracy. It aims at creatively using the existing legal framework and institutions in protecting areas of vital ecological importance. LIFE works nationally with local groups, individuals and communities through a unique combination of litigation, investigation, information dissimination, capacity building and supporting campaigns and movements. Based in New Delhi, India.
Contact: Ritwick Dutta,


Legambiente is a non-profit association created in 1980 for the safeguard of the environment and for the promotion of sustainable lifestyles, production systems and use of resources. It is the most widespread environmental organization in Italy with over 115.000 members and over 2 million people involved in volunteer activities and campaigns. Legambiente’s strength is based on the work of 1,500 local groups and coordinated through 20 regional committees and a national headquarter in
Contact: Sebastiano Venneri,

The North Sea Foundation
is a Dutch environmental NGO that searches for alternative solutions and seeks dialogue with decision makers. The organisations constructive approach enables it to influence the marine environmental policies of the public administration, politicians and user groups (such as fishermen and ship owners). But when necessary it will take action, be that legal, media pressure or public awareness raising. In 2002, the North Sea Foundation launched the ‘Clean Ship’ concept, which is a strategy towards zero-impact shipping. Based in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Contact: Merijn Hougee,


The Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation
The Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE)
is a specialized labour foundation established in 2003 by workers initiative working on issues affecting employment, income, economy and environment and the livelihoods of working people. OSHE perform as catalyst to promote tripartism at national level and serving as umbrella for the different national trade union centres and industrial trade unions working together on promotion of Decent Work, and other workplace related development issues based on collective approach. OSHE is the national collaborating centre of the International Safety and Health Information Centre of the International Labour Organization (CIS-ILO). Based in Dhaka,
Contact: Repon Chowdhury,


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Prevention of Hazardous Shipbreaking Initiative
is a coalition of environmental and labour rights NGOs based in Turkey. The group focuses on proper waste management and respect of labour rights at the shipbreaking sites in Aliaga, near Izmir. They have been a pivotal pressure group in cases such as the MS Otapan. Based in Izmir, Turkey.


Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is an independent, non-profit premier research organisation founded in August 1992 on the recommendation of the Pakistan National Conservation Strategy (NCS). It focuses on sustainable development, globalisation, environment, education, health, trade, and has incorporated emergency work and rights-based work as a result of the spate of natural disasters in country. SDPI is also actively involved in gender mainstreaming, research and advocacy as a strategy for achieving wider impact on the causes of poverty, which include injustice and inequality. It seeks to promote the vision of a peaceful, prosperous, just and democratic South Asia. Based in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Contact: Sadaf Liaquat,


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Toxics Link
is an Indian NGO working together for environmental justice and freedom from toxics. They collect and share information about the sources and dangers of poisons in our environment and bodies, as well as about clean and sustainable alternatives for India and the rest of the world. Amongst the main focus areas is to promote clean industries and raise awareness about the relationship between chemicals, such as POPs and pesticides, and health. Based in New Delhi, India.
Contact: Satish Sinha,


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Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) is a social development organisation that started in 1985 in Bangladesh. It aims to promote sustainable development through a holistic approach. YPSA follows the issues related to workers rights, tries to obtain improved working conditions at Chittagong shipbreaking yards and does advocacy for a policy to ensure human rights in the shipbreaking industry. In addition to awareness raising activities and research publications about the subject, YPSA also provides instant help to injured shipbreaking workers and families of the dead workers along with different development programs for the villages surrounding the yards. Based in Chittagong, Bangladesh. and
Contact: Muhammed Ali Shahin,




The Platform also collaborates with non-governmental organisations that are not formal members of the coalition detailed above, on projects such as the organisation of events, the submission of position papers, various media campaigns, etc.

With 21 member groups who represent over 250 organisations from 15 countries, the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) is the only European coalition bringing together European campaigns and national platforms of NGOs, trade unions, consumer organisations and academics to promote corporate accountability. The coalition is driven by a vision of a sustainable world in which corporations’ drive for profit is balanced with the interests of society at large, and where businesses respect human, social and environmental rights. We seek to tackle some of the root causes of corporate injustice by improving European laws governing business activities and by increasing access to justice for victims of human rights abuses. Based in Brussels, Belgium.
Contact: Jérôme Chaplier, Coordinator


The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) works to promote environmental issues on a European and global level and represent the demands of European citizens. Set up in 1974, the EEB is Europe’s largest coalition of grassroots environmental organisations. They represent more than 140 member organisations from 31 countries with a membership base of more than 15 million individuals/households. As a result, they have an expert insight on a vast amount of environmental issues; ranging from biodiversity, to waste, nanotechnology, chemicals, ecolabel, climate change and many others. They meet their members regularly in working groups which focus on important environmental issues, and then work to promote their demands at European and global level. As a lead member of the Spring Alliance they work alongside trade unions and social and development organisations to promote sustainability. Based in Brussels, Belgium.
Contact: Jeremy Wates, Secretary General,


The EEB is also a partner in the Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project, an FP7 project supported by the European Commission that will run until March 2015. The project supports the work of Environmental Justice Organisations, uniting scientists, activist organisations, think-tanks, policy-makers from the fields of environmental law, environmental health, political ecology, ecological economics, to talk about issues related to Ecological Distribution. In March 2014 EJOLT launched a Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, a visually attractive and interactive online mapping platform detailing over 1250 environmental conflicts (and growing). and
Contact: Leida Rijnhout, Global Policies Director,


The Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) initiative has been independently developed for the benefit of the international community, including the maritime industry, for matters concerning explicit engagement with human rights issues in the maritime environment. It is a work-in-progress having been launched on the 3 April 2014 and is underpinned by the proposition that “Human rights apply at sea, as equally as they do on land”. The HRAS aim is raise the profile, awareness, implementation and accountability for human rights protections throughout the maritime industry, especially where they are currently absent and being abused. Based in London, United Kingdom.
Contact: David Hammond, Founder,


IIKJ (NIK) – Ikki-Ikki Asia Japan (Ningen-Ikki Ikki-kengkukwai) is a community based network of volunteers bases in the Yamaguchi prefecture of Japan. Ikki-Ikki is a socially engaged group of people that deal with issues related to sustainable development, environmental protection, social justice and peace. First established 25 years ago, Ikki-Ikki now has several cooperation partnerships, including with Platform member organisation YPSA in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Istanbul Health and Safety Labor Watch (IHSLW) – İstanbul İşçi Sağlığı ve İş Güvenliği (ISIG) Meclisi was established in March 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey as an intra-professional and independent monitoring network / platform, faced with serialised fatal workplace accidents in almost all the sectors of the Turkish economy. The lack of trustworthy, continuous and current statistics on workplace deaths, occupational diseases, burdens of psychosocial risks led a group of occupational health professionals, trade unionists, labor inspectors, journalists, lawyers, scholars, activists, victims’ families, etc. to establish and volunteer for the IHSLW. It functions by way of monthly assemblies, open to all contributions, monthly and yearly ‘workplace homicide’ reports, a webpage updated on a daily basis and ad-hoc interventions in urgent situations, international cooperations, etc. The IHSLW is against any type of discrimination on the basis of ethnic, racial, religious, confessional, national, gender, sexual orientation and covers all pain caused at workplaces to all types of labor; registered and unregistered, formal and informal, workplace and home-based, of nationals and of foreigners, etc. Its principle is to base its work on scientific methods aiming at real change to linder the workplace pain and stay independent of all types of economic and political power.
Contact: Aslı Odman, /

The MEDITERRANEAN SOS Network (MedSOS) is a Greek non-profit and non-governmental organisation, dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development at the national and Euro-Mediterranean level since 1990. To achieve its objectives, MedSOS works on a vast array of environmental issues, with special emphasis on the integrated management of marine, coastal and inland water resources. Based in Athens, Greece.
Contact: Natalia Roumelioti,


Surfrider Foundation Europe is a non profit organization, dedicated to defending, saving, improving and managing in a sustainable manner the ocean, coastline, waves and the people who enjoy them. Created in 1990 in Europe by surfers, the organization brings together today about 1,500 volunteers, 10,000 members, around 40 local chapters and 120,000 supporters in Europe. Surfrider Foundation is a global network of regional organisations and local chapters present in many countries over the world. It has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of research, local action, conservation and advocacy as well as in education and awareness-raising activities in the following thematic action programmes: maritime transport, marine litter, water quality and users’ health, coastal degradation and climate change, preservation of environmental and social heritage related to surfing. Following the sinking of the oil tanker Prestige, in 2002 Surfrider Foundation Europe became specialised in the fight against pollution in conjunction with maritime transport and issued in the past years, in November 2012 and December 2013 two reports on maritime safety.
Contact: Antidia Citores, Law and lobbying coordinator and Maritime transport expert,