Zooming in on critical suppliers in high-risk categories
The Maersk Group makes thousands of purchasing decisions each year, with a large share of these decisions made at the local level. Our suppliers are spread across the globe and work in accordance with varying standards and cultural norms. Our Responsible Procurement programme aims for risk management, continuous improvement, and capability-building, while also recognising the diversity of practices in our supply chain.
The suppliers we work with through our Responsible Procurement programme all belong to one of the top ten high-risk categories with the highest risk of severe social or environmental impacts*.
This provides us with a group of 1,500-5,000 suppliers, that we assess using a combination of audits, self-assessments and documentation reviews, where suppliers’ performance is compared against the requirements of the Maersk Third Party Code of Conduct. Where the findings show that suppliers are unable to meet some of the requirements we introduce an improvement plan to anchor more responsible practices.
- Assets under construction
- Manning and crewing agencies
- Security companies
- Chemicals and paint
- Cleaning and canteen services
- Dry Docking and Repair
- Warehousing and distribution
- Promotional items
- Logistics and transportation
- Raw materials
* Each of the Maersk Group business work according to their own list of high risk categories.
We have a small group of suppliers with whom we have recurring business with high monetary value, allowing for a closer relationship and cooperation over sustainability issues. These are all part of our responsible procurement programme.