Maritime ESG

What is ESG? How does it affect the maritime industry? What are companies required to do? How are companies implementing strategies for ESG reporting?

Randy Givenas with Navigator Gas will talk to us about the commercial reporting requirements that all ship owners are required to adhere to.

Anuj Chopra, Chief Sustainability Officer with ESG Plus will discuss how companies are implementing systems for ESG reporting and what this means for business practices now and in the future.

Randy Giveans

Executive Vice President – Business Development & Investor Relations at Navigator Gas

Randy Giveans is the Executive Vice President of Navigator Gas US and Head of Investor Relations and Business Development in North America. Prior to joining Navigator, Randy Giveans was the Senior Analyst and Group Head of the Energy Maritime Shipping Equity Research Group and a Senior Vice President at Jefferies. He covered 32 energy maritime shipping companies that transport crude oil, refined petroleum products, LNG, LPG, dry bulk commodities, and containers. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, he was named to Institutional Investor’s (I.I.) All-America Research Team, and in 2018, he was named an Institutional Investor All-America Research “Rising Star.” In 2021, Mr. Giveans was a Top 5 stock picker across all sector analysts according to TipRanks, and in 2018, he was ranked as the #1 Stock Picker for Shipping in the Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards. Randy has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, BBC, and Yahoo Finance, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox Business, CNN, Business Insider, and Bloomberg. Prior to joining Jefferies in 2011, Randy worked as a Senior Financial Analyst in the Corporate Finance department at Continental/United Airlines. Mr. Giveans received a Bachelor of Science in Finance/Economics from Spring Hill College and an MBA in Finance with an Energy Specialization from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

Anuj Chopra

Co-founder and CEO at ESG Plus

Captain Anuj Chopra is an international executive, enterprise risk manager, and big data champion who has successfully forged client relationships in the maritime industry for more than three decades. His deep experience developing ethical, customer-focused EQ & SQ cultures has led him to conclude high-value contracts with some of the largest shipping companies in the world.

Captain Chopra cofounded ESGplus LLC, an international consulting firm focused on bringing resiliency, efficiency, and independent board advisory to clients invested in the global maritime supply chain. ESGplus promotes sustainability, increased safety standards, and reducing the environmental impact of the maritime industry. Captain Chopra guides ESGplus as a diversity-focused company, providing client value by promoting exemplary, transparent customer solutions for a sustainable and resilient maritime supply chain.

Before his time at ESGplus, Captain Chopra spent nearly a decade as a Vice President of RightShip, negotiating high-level due diligence and compliance agreements in developing business across North and South America leading to over 500% growth. Prior to his time at RightShip, he served as the president of Anglo-Eastern Houston, with direct oversight of vessels visiting US ports, risk evaluation, and government relations.
Captain Chopra began his seafaring career as a deck cadet, working his way up to Captain. He has commanded large bulk carriers and tankers and holds a Commonwealth Extra Masters Certificate of Competency and Shipping Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Captain Chopra currently serves as a Fellow of The Nautical Institute (Chairperson of the U.S. Gulf Branch), an Ambassador for the Sailor Society, Advisory board member of the Houston Maritime Center and on the Board of Directors at the Houston International Seafarers Center. He was elected President of the Industry Advisory Board for the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Degree at the University of Houston, and he has served as a lecturer or teacher for more than 32 years. Captain Chopra is also a Board Member and Treasurer of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and a member of NOAA’s Federal Advisory committee titled Hydrographic Services Review Panel.

He continually mentors’ students and professionals in the maritime supply chain and is an Adjunct Professor for the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Program at the College of Technology, University of Houston. He is the Co-Author and Assessor for NAMEPA’s ESG/CSR Maritime Sustainability Passport Program.

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