Human Rights

Taking action to integrate social responsibility into our business practices.

How we work with human rights

Respecting human rights

We work to ensure that we respect human rights in line with our Maersk values and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). We strive to integrate human rights risk management into existing business processes across A.P. Moller - Maersk operations.

In line with our values and commitments, we respect human rights throughout our activities and business relations. In every country where we operate, whether high or low risk, conflict-affected or not, our goal is to ensure that we do not have adverse impact on human rights.

Our commitment to human rights is expressed through our status as a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact - where we annually and publicly report on our progress in our Communication on Progress (COP)- and by our acknowledgment of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Our approach is to integrate human rights risk management and due diligence into existing business processes, working in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

UK Modern Slavery Act

The 2015 UK Modern Slavery Act is intended to tackle modern forms of slavery work, ranging from abusive working and living conditions, to withholding of wages or passports, to use of trafficked labour. The Act applies to UK incorporated entities and foreign entities, conducting business in the UK, that have an annual turnover of £36m or more. These entities must produce an annual online Statement describing policies, and measures taken to mitigate slavery risks during the reporting year.

Within A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S, we have identified relevant legal entities, either UK incorporated entities or foreign entities with relevant presence in the UK, subject to this reporting requirement. We produce one statement approved and signed by the board of all relevant legal entities, since Maersk policies and procedures relating to the management of the risk of modern slavery are applied across all businesses.


Human rights risks are managed as part of A.P. Moller - Maersk programmes such as Responsible Procurement, Global Labour Principles, and Anti-Corruption, as well as our Health and Safety work, Maersk’s enterprise risk management system and in the due diligence process for mergers and acquisitions.

The management of human rights risks is the responsibility of Maersk’s businesses, including government relations and social investments in host countries to assist a give country’s social and economic development.