Sustainability Highlights 2017

A changing world

“Companies can no longer stay on the sidelines when it comes to global issues” – CEO, Søren Skou

Help multiply the benefits of trade

Trade is at the heart of economic development and globalisation – and A.P. Moller - Maersk is at the heart of trade. We help multiply the benefits of trade by improving conditions for businesses and industries to participate in global trade.

Help to decarbonise logistics

Maersk Line has reduced relative CO2-emissions by 43% since 2007. We will continue to strive for CO2-efficiency and develop low-carbon offerings to our customers while collaborating to find ways to decarbonise logistics.

Contribute to halving food loss

Using the expertise and competencies in our cold chain business, we will contribute to halving food loss through investing in innovations in the transportation chain and forming partnerships in emerging markets.

Lead change in the ship recycling industry

We aspire to lead the transformation of the global ship recycling industry to promote responsible practices and greater transparency.


“Safety is part of our heritage and is central to running a good, sound business. We’re disappointed when we fail to meet our own standards. Going forward, my colleagues and I will actively ensure even more management attention to safety. ” -Claus Hemmingsen, Vice CEO, Chair of the Sustainability Council, A.P. Moller - Maersk

Diversity and inclusion

Progress has been made on gender diversity, but the pace of change needs to be accelerated. In 2017, our new strategy for diversity and inclusion was approved.

Human and labour rights

Human rights provide a compass for corporate conduct in a world of rapid change and disruption.

Responsible procurement

In 2017, an increased number of 68 audits was performed, 569 self-assessment questionnaires were filled, and 33 training workshops for 327 employees was conducted across all businesses as part of our Responsible Procurement programme.

Environmental impacts

Air emissions and spills have negative effects on the natural environment and human health. We strive to minimise our operations’ negative impact on the natural environment and are committed to full compliance with regulatory demands.


In 2017, Maersk Line-owned vessels reducted facilitation payments by 96%. Damco reduced facilitation payments by approximately 50%.

Responsible tax

In response to development in stakeholder interest and changes in the international tax legislative framework, we have reviewed and updated the A.P. Moller - Maersk tax principles in 2017.

Our commitment to sustainability

Our commitment to sustainability remains consistent across all A.P. Moller - Maersk businesses.