Responsible Procurement

Responsible Procurement is about mitigating ethical, social and environmental risks in our supply chain. We expect our suppliers to make continuous improvements towards sustainable business conduct.

High-Risk Categories

  • Assets under construction
  • Manning and crewing agencies
  • Security companies
  • Chemicals and paint
  • Cleaning and canteen services
  • Docking and Repair
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Promotional items
  • Logistics and transportation
  • Raw materials

* Each A.P. Moller - Maersk business work according to their own list of high risk categories.

Zooming in on critical suppliers in high-risk categories

A.P. Moller - Maersk 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 A.P. Moller - 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.

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.

Commitments and frameworks

A.P. Moller - Maersk's commitment to Responsible Procurement is set out in Maersk's Third Party Code of Conduct and in our Commit Rule on Responsible Procurement. The programme and the Code reflect our commitment to the UN Global Compact principles for business sustainability, and international standards such as the core labour conventions of the International Labour Organisation and the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It addresses anti-corruption, respect for human rights, safe and decent labour practices, and environmental protection. All supplier contracts should include the Code of Conduct and after signing, relevant suppliers are engaged in the programme.

Programme management

In practice, integrating responsible procurement takes place through supplier invitations and registrations, assessments of social and environmental performance, improvement plans, supplier workshops and suppliers' contractual commitment as well as training of our procurement staff.  The A.P. Moller - Maersk Sustainability Council is responsible for endorsing the direction and measuring the progress on implementation of the programme. The CEOs of the businesses and the Head of Procurement in the Transport & Logistics division are responsible for integrating the Responsible Procurement programme into existing procurement policies and processes in the supplier relationships they respectively own or manage.

Whistleblower system

We take seriously any possible violations of laws or Commit Rules also in areas such as human rights, safety and environment in our operations or business relations. Allegations can be reported without fear of retaliation by any person within or outside Maersk through our Whistle-blower System, which is available worldwide in more than 75 languages.