An internal report was prepared by AUTh in the frame of the Component C3 requirements, in which a relevant stakeholders’ management handbook should be prepared. In the report, a theoretical examination and review of the application of stakeholder theory in the port industry can be found, together with its application in the three ports of: Kavala, Lagos, Volos, with whom AUTh works together, in SuPorts.
This internal report prepared by AUTh is based on Dr. Alkiviadis Tromaras related PhD work on the Airspace Industry. It is interesting to see how ideas/concepts/systems, successfully applied in other industrial sectors can be transferred in the port sector, an issue that was initially examined in the EU project WORKPORT, where AUTh acted as coordinator.
Stakeholder management can play a significant role in enabling organizations to identify, manage and face future environmental issues and demands, based on increasing environmental legislation driven corporate responsibility.
According to the findings of the report, environmental care and port performance are not necessary conflicting issues. Both are needed for achieving community support and commercial success. Therefore, strong conflict with stakeholders regarding environmental issues must be avoided. Hence, ports should develop organisational processes and cultures that enhance stakeholder satisfaction and involvement in the managing of environmental issues. In addition, a greater focus on external stakeholders may increase the port activities’ legitimacy and may also contribute to sustainable port development.
Greek small ports experience such stakeholder pressure in their activities and try to manage it in their own terms. The report attempts, among others, to explore what the three ports of Volos, Kavala, and Lagos are practicing in terms of stakeholder engagement and the management of environmental issues. Furthermore, it maps the ports’ environmental stakeholders and their influence on environmental issues and proposes a stakeholder engagement plan.
The report provides a brief overview of stakeholders’ theory, gives an overview of good practices on stakeholders’ engagement in environmental management for ports, describes the stakeholders management process plan, presents the case studies of the ports of Volos, Lagos and Kavala, and highlights conclusions and proposals for further research and application.