Strategy and governance

The A.P. Moller - Maersk sustainability strategy is designed to support our business strategy and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our actions are guided by our Values and policies, and our continued commitment to the principles of the UN Global Compact.

Maersk Strategy Model 2019 with SDG 01

As seen in the graphic above it is made up of four shared value programmes and is based on responsible business practices on all material issues. The four priority programmes are the major issues where we can use our business to develop large-scale solutions that can alleviate some of the world’s major sustainability challenges while at the same time supporting the development of our business.

The overall governance responsibility for sustainability resides with the Executive Leadership Team.  The A.P. Moller - Maersk Board of Directors receives sustainability strategy updates, and also reviews and approves the annual Sustainability Report.

Our work is guided by policies based on our values as well as external standards and commitments. These are described in the A.P. Moller - Maersk Code of Conduct for employees which also covers sustainability issues, including human rights, supplier relationships, labour standards, anti-corruption and environmental responsibility. The Code of Conduct is underpinned by 35 internal governance rules in our Commit system. Each rule has a designated owner in the organisation who is responsible for progress and accountable for reporting into the newly established cross-organisational Commit Council. This Council will oversee compliance and implementation with the Commit Rules and the Code of Conduct.

In line with our integration strategy, over the last two years we have worked to incorporate sustainability into our commercial and operations departments, making sustainability a much more integrated part of decision-making, discussions with customers and day-to-day business. At the end of 2019, we incorporated our four shared value commitments further into our business, aiming to ensure that sustainability is a fundamental and inseparable part of how we do business. 

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