The Maersk Group makes thousands of purchasing decisions each year, with a large share of these decisions made on the local level. Our suppliers are spread across the globe and work in accordance with varying standards and cultural norms. Because of this diversity, our responsible procurement work aims for continuous improvement, capability-building and risk management, while also recognizing the diversity of practices in our supply chain.
The Responsible Procurement Portal allows for suppliers to register and apply to be an approved provider within the Maersk Group. The portal and process for approval is not intended as  a means of disqualifying or punishing suppliers. Instead, it is meant to help them better understand sustainability performance and to build up capacity and management systems for improving their own performance. Registration on the portal does include legally binding contract terms, on-site audits or improvement plans.