David Hammond is the Founder of Human Rights at Sea having conceived the idea for the charity and its role in 2013, and which was first presented at the first London International Shipping Week 2013 followed by its formal launch on 3 April 2014. On 1 October 2017 David stepped back from his role as CEO to become a Trustee.
David is the Executive Director of the Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Glowing (ECLT) Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. He is responsible for the successful leadership, daily management, transformation and delivery of the Foundation and its global activities through the removal of children from conditions of child labour in tobacco-growing communities around the world.
Established in 2000, ECLT is a multi-stakeholder organisation alongside grower associations, major companies and third-party civil society organisations as well as UN agencies. It has implemented 29 projects in nine countries, including Guatemala, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mozambique, the Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to improve the lives of children and their families.