ILO promotes social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. The organization have addressed concerns with regards to established practices related to Shipbreaking as undertaken in countries such as Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. A summary of their involvement can be found here.

The International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, adopted in May 2009 developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enter into force only after 15 States representing 40 per cent of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage have ratified it. Furthermore, the combined maximum annual ship recycling volume of those States must, during the preceding 10 years, constitute not less than 3 per cent of their combined merchant shipping tonnage