Helping you meet and exceed global human rights standards in the maritime environment
Our Core Philosophy
Human rights apply at sea, as they do on land.
This is the core philosophy underpinning all our work.
We are a socially-purposed business consultancy which aims to invest in development and philanthropic activities protecting both people and the marine environment from abuse and exploitation.
Who We Are
HRAS International is a human rights consultancy specialising in the maritime environment, globally.
Led by the Founder and former CEO of the UK charity, Human Rights at Sea, we work with states, businesses and third sector organisations around the world supporting them to raise their human rights standards and protections.
Our expertise helps our clients meet and exceed global human rights standards. We specialise in the complexity of the maritime environment offering practical, integrated, and principled approaches to human rights.
We want to ensure our clients benefit from the security, transparency, and financial returns that best practice human rights approaches bring.
We work closely with like-minded organsations, state and non-state entities in the protection of the marine environment.
Educating Superyacht Crew
Superyacht Crew Development and Training
Progressive Crew Career Programme supports the next generation of prospective Superyacht crew of any age, background, or belief structure if they want to try to enter the industry.
"Wesfarmers Group engaged Human Rights at Sea to advise the Group on appropriate contract clauses to include in agreements with carriers to safeguard the human rights of seafarers. The team were extremely knowledgeable and professional to work with and generous with their time in sharing their expertise."
"Human Rights at Sea International was instructed by Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG to undertake discreet and sensitive work in a foreign state to assist in the release of a senior crew member on a detained vessel. The subsequent human rights focused report in multiple languages assisted in a successful outcome, allowing the crew member to be repatriated after a 15-month absence from his family. We are grateful to the Human Rights at Sea International team for their professionalism."
"Whilst all vessels operating at SGSSI are strictly regulated, we sadly recognise that human rights violations are an endemic risk within the maritime world; therefore, we have chosen to work with HRAS as the leading experts in this area. This initial training was incredibly thought-provoking and has been a valuable first step in raising awareness as we develop our proactive approach to protecting seafarers in our waters."
The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
"We have worked closely with Human Rights at Sea International since 2020 seeking to achieve justice for families of fisheries observers lost at sea, as well as helping to develop policy changes for crew human and labour rights standards across the fishing fleets of the Western and Central Pacific region. Their investigatory and consultancy work is comprehensive and objective, and it can be relied upon for high-level commercial and state-level decision making. We would recommend them to any new client."