Material Issues and Stakeholder Engagement

Sembcorp Marine's sustainability strategy is centred on value creation for our shareholders, employees, customers, contractors, suppliers, partners and other stakeholders.

We closely engage our internal and external stakeholders through various platforms, including dialogue sessions and stakeholder engagement surveys, to understand their expectations and concerns.

The Group’s key material issues were ratified through a materiality assessment process, which is aligned with AA 1000 AccountAbility’s five-part Materiality Test and is guided by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 framework and GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Standards 2016.

Sembcorp Marine’s material issues are:



Business integrity through good corporate governance and sound risk management processes is vital to safeguarding the long-term interests of shareholders and the Group’s assets. Upholding Sembcorp Marine’s reputation as a well-governed and socially responsible company continually enables the Group to gain the trust and confidence of its customers, investors, partners and other stakeholders. The Group respects human rights and operates with professionalism, fairness and integrity in compliance with legal regulations across its global network. Committed to ethical business conduct, the Group does not tolerate bribery and corruption in its dealings and operations.


Sembcorp Marine has comprehensive corporate governance procedures and systems in place to promote business integrity in line with its core values and Code of Business Conduct. This corporate governance framework covers the Group’s Singapore and global operations and includes fraud risk management, anti-bribery and anti-corruption. The Board-level Committees monitor the Group’s effectiveness through stringent internal and external audits, reviews and evaluations to ensure integrity and compliance with evolving standards and requirements. Sembcorp Marine’s corporate governance reporting and practices comply with the Code of Corporate Governance, issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore in 2012. Sound decision-making processes are also in place across the organisation to ensure that decisions follow defined guidelines that take into account the hierarchy of considerations, risk management and potential impacts.

Material impact:

Customers, Employees, Financial Community, Regulators



Sembcorp Marine invests in innovation to develop sustainable and cost-competitive solutions that add value for stakeholders, generate new income streams and create opportunities for future growth. A key thrust of Sembcorp Marine’s business strategy is expanding and diversifying its portfolio of products, services and technologies to offer customers innovative and customised solutions across the offshore and marine value chain. Diversity in the Group’s product mix strengthens its versatility and resilience, which helps mitigate cyclical risks in the industry. Process innovation continuously enhances Sembcorp Marine’s productivity and efficiency, ensuring competitiveness and sustaining business profitability.


Sembcorp Marine adopts a three-pronged approach in researching, developing and collaborating on innovation and solutions development. Through in-house expertise and an extensive network of partners, the Group expands and accelerates the discovery and creation of emerging technologies and new opportunities. The Group works actively to initiate, evaluate and manage the development and deployment of new products, technologies, systems and processes. These range from identifying emerging technologies to designing, prototyping, test-bedding and commercialisation.

Material impact:

Customers, Business Partners, Technology Partners, Financial Community, Regulators


Growing a strong customer base, creating brand loyalty and building trust are vital to Sembcorp Marine’s profitability and growth. It is crucial to have a keen understanding of the market environment to develop products and solutions that fulfill the needs and requirements of customers. Sustainability impacts are taken into account during the conceptualisation and development of the Group’s products and solutions.


Regular engagement via multiple platforms at different levels of operations and management enables Sembcorp Marine to build a varied approach to engaging customers. Customer retention and satisfaction levels are tracked as key indicators for economic performance and business resilience. Structured systems, such as a customer relationship management framework, ISO 9001-certified processes and audit systems, are employed to ensure effective collaboration, timely response to feedback, as well as high standards of quality, safety, environment and operational performance. These processes undergo regular reviews and are adapted by various yard facilities based on the nature of business, project timeline and type of customers.

Material impact:

Customers, Employees, Business Partners, Financial Community



To address global issues of resource scarcity and a changing climate, Sembcorp Marine recognises the importance of integrating environmental considerations into the Group’s business decisions. Managing the environmental impact of its operations enables the Group to do its part to secure a sustainable future and create value for stakeholders. This also brings about commercial benefits, better risk management and enhanced competitiveness for the organisation.


Sembcorp Marine’s Environmental Policy identifies the key aspects of the Group’s environmental management systems. The Group uses a precautionary approach by developing a comprehensive Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) to identify, assess and address environment-related aspects and impacts. The assessment includes climate change, waste and recycling, air quality, and resource consumption. Regular audits for compliance with local regulations and international standards are undertaken as part of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification requirements. Reviewed annually, Sembcorp Marine’s environmental policy and practices encompass all employees, contractors and customers.

Material impact:

Customers, Employees, Business Partners, Community, Regulators



Human capital is a key lever for Sembcorp Marine’s growth and success. The management approach focuses on enhancing workforce competencies and capabilities, talent management and leadership development as well as employee engagement and well-being. Preparing the next generation of leaders as part of succession planning is important to Sembcorp Marine’s growth and long-term competitiveness.


Sembcorp Marine complies with the labour laws in its various countries of operation, including fair employment guidelines in accordance with the Ministry of Manpower Employment Act of Singapore, which is a member country of the International Labour Organization. Aligned with the principles advocated by the national Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP), the Group respects employees’ right to freedom of association and embraces fair employment, diversity and inclusivity at the workplace.

Sembcorp Marine’s human capital strategy covers workforce development and retention; competencies building and skills enhancement; organisational development; as well as cultivation of a strong company culture and identity. The Group seeks to offer a compelling employment experience, competitive compensation and benefits, opportunities for personal and professional development, as well as an enriching environment that promotes merit-based progression. 

The Group gears its people development systems towards business excellence to support the attainment of recognised accreditations; such as ISO 9001, SPRING Singapore Quality Class, Singapore Innovation Class and People Developer standards, which involve structured review and evaluation processes. Various engagement platforms and communication channels gather employee feedback in order to achieve continuous improvement.

Material impact:

Customers, Employees, Business Partners, Community, Regulators


Sembcorp Marine is fully committed to creating and maintaining a culture where safety is at the forefront of all operations. The Group actively mitigates health and safety risks in the workplace. Measures are in place to ensure that employees, contractors, suppliers and other stakeholders uphold high standards of occupational safety and health.


A Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Quality Policy governs Sembcorp Marine’s approach to total workplace safety and health. It ensures that the Group complies with national legislation (e.g. Singapore’s Workplace Safety and Health Act), international regulations and recognised standards (e.g. OHSAS 18001). The Group’s workplace safety and health (WSH) strategy comprises four pillars: enhancing HSE competencies and capabilities; building up commitment and leadership towards a better WSH culture; garnering support from stakeholders; and continuously improving risk and safety management systems. The Group’s WSH strategy is integrated into all levels of operations and overseen by the Board Risk Committee. Regular reviews are conducted to evaluate the Group’s WSH strategy and performance.

Material impact:

Customers, Employees, Business Partners, Community, Regulators


Sembcorp Marine recognises the importance of active involvement in the community. Contributing towards community improvements and social advancements enables the Group to extend its positive influence as an agent for change and value creation.


The Community Committee champions the Group’s community engagement strategy, which focuses on ‘youth and education’, ‘community care and involvement’, ‘environmental care’, ‘arts and cultural promotion’, ‘sports, health and active lifestyle’ and ‘industry outreach’. The Group contributes to society through various activities that support capability development, education outreach, employment creation, community building and social improvement. Regular reviews are conducted to evaluate the scope of Sembcorp Marine’s social outreach efforts and the effectiveness of its community initiatives.

Material impact:

Customers, Employees, Business Partners, Community

Engaging Our Stakeholders

Sembcorp Marine leverages diverse platforms to engage different stakeholder groups. The feedback gathered from stakeholders through our ongoing engagement initiatives enable us to understand their expectations and identify areas for continuous improvement.


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Code of Business Conduct

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Verification Statement

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