Responsible procurement

We are dedicated to managing the risk of supplier noncompliance with our Third Party Code of Conduct.


The issue

International companies’ purchasing decisions impact environmental, social and economic conditions around the world. For A.P. Moller - Maersk, the trust in our brand and leadership will be damaged, if we are unable to monitor and address our supply chain sustainability risks.

What we do

A.P. Moller - Maersk continues to manage our direct suppliers through our programme for responsible procurement. As a minimum, all suppliers are expected to acknowledge the Maersk Third Party Code of Conduct. The Code is based on the UNGC Principles and core ILO conventions.

We focus on suppliers in high-risk categories and countries in our transportation and logistics activities. We engage with approximately 3,000 suppliers through due diligence activities such as audits, self-assessments, documentation reviews, and improvement plans. It is out of a population of approximately 24,000 suppliers with whom we have a contract and a total population of around 72,000 suppliers.

We work on subcontractor conditions, particularly in shipbuilding yards and terminal construction sites with due diligence through audits and improvement plans.

Our business strategy leads to an expansion of activities in logistics and transport on land, leading to an even stronger connection between the trucking industry and A.P. Moller - Maersk. From our internal analysis we know that trucking has a widespread presence of issues related to safety and security, labour conditions and rights, emissions to air and corruption, and we have included trucking in our list of high-risk categories. Hence trucking will be one of our priority categories to drive responsible procurement.

As a member of the UN Global Compact Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains, we have signed six broad commitments on decent work in global supply chains.

Third Party Code of Conduct - Learn more here

Responsible Procurement in Maersk – Learn more here

UN Global Compact Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains - Learn more here