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Our approach to sustainability

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At Maersk, we strive to create long-term value by balancing social and environmental responsibility with the obvious need to remain profitable.

Our approach to sustainability is guided by our commitment to the United Nations’ Global Compact and our participation in the Global Compact LEAD programme. Based on our sustainability vision and our formal sustainability strategy, we are systematically integrating sustainability into all our business processes.

Our sustainability journey


  • First Group Sustainability Strategy (2010–2013)
  • Global Labour Principles
  • Whistleblower Programme
  • Group Sustainability Council
  • First Group Sustainability Report


  • Member of UN Global Compact LEAD
  • Member of the Logistics Emergency Teams (LET)
  • Responsible Procurement Programme
  • Climate Change Strategy
  • Group Health & Safety Strategy
  • First Annual Executive Sustainability Day


  • Brazil impact study
  • Integration of sustainability in internal training programmes
  • Human Rights Framework
  • Sustainability index in Employee Engagement Survey
  • Sustainability integrated in enterprise risk management


  • China impact study
  • Group materiality assessment
  • The goal of integrating sustainability at corporate level in systems and governance processes was achieved
  • Sustainability strategy 2014–2018

Maersk sustainability governance framework