1 - General

Boards and Governance

For more than two centuries, concerned people have become aware of the special challenges that seafarers face and the need for people on land to help them. Seafarers typically feel the effects of social isolation, because they are far away from their culture, friends, and family. Many have unaddressed personal, spiritual or other needs as well. Work at sea is an honorable and rewarding career, but there are sometimes additional challenges - working conditions can be dangerous, medical care might be hard to access, and employment conditions are sometimes less than ideal. Organized seafarers’ welfare charities help by sending chaplains and volunteer visitors to ships, by providing seafarers with phone cards, transportation, and spaces to relax, and by advocating for the needs of seafarers in the port, the industry, and their own communities. Yet, it takes more than just good intention and individual kindness to run a seafarers’ welfare charity - a significant part of success is a healthy board and good governance.
  • Introduction to Board Membership
  • Seafarers' Welfare and Boards
  • Why Are Boards Necessary?
  • Why Are Boards Necessary?
  • Who Should Be on a Board?
  • Who Should Be on a Board
  • Strategic Planning Video
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategic Planning Survey Questions
  • To Whom Is a Board Accountable?
  • Director Pitfalls
  • What Not to Do 1: Conflicts of Interest and Undermining the Board
  • What Not to Do 2: Micromanagement and Complacency
  • Final Test
  • Final Survey Questions
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever