Diversity, equity and inclusion at A.P. Moller - Maersk

Integrating the world means more than connecting global supply chains. Our purpose demands that we go all the way to connect diverse talents and perspectives in fair and inclusive workplaces where amazing individuals feel they belong.

LGBTQIA+ inclusion at Maersk

Maersk is fully committed to workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we are proud to support every employee who contributes to the success of our company. This is why we value, attract, support, and retain talented lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other gender and sexual orientation professionals.

We work hard to create an environment and culture where every employee feels they can bring their authentic selves and develop their full potential, mindful of the diversity of lived experiences shared by our LGBTQIA+ colleagues.

LGBTQi+ inclusion at workplace – Four Maersk employees in protective gears standing in front of the rainbow container.


Pride at Maersk is about showing the world, our customers and our industry peers that it's time to change attitudes. It’s about demonstrating that when you work at Maersk you are fully a part of the team, no matter who you are, or who you love.

Our rainbow container touring the beautiful tulip garden on Denkers BV truck of our customer in the Netherlands.
Our rainbow container touring the beautiful tulip garden on Denkers BV truck of our customer in the Netherlands.
Thomas Lindegaard Madsen, one of Maersk’s LGBTQIA+ Leaders and a member of the board of directors.
Meet Thomas Lindegaard Madsen, Maersk Line Captain, Member of the Board of Directors, and one of our LGBTQIA+ leaders.

Strengthening our global LGBTQIA+ allyship

Christian Wirawan is a Global Head of FbM Delivery Middle & Last Mile Standard Adoption and Operations Excellence, FbM Standards & Regional Customer Delivery LAM & IMEA. He also leads the pride@maersk network, our global community for LGBTQIA+ employees and allies.

Hear what drives him personally to help ensure that everyone at Maersk feels safe, accepted and valued as their genuine self.

Rainbow Container World Tour

During their five-month global tour, Maersk’s Rainbow Containers have symbolised inclusion and diversity, boldly sharing with the world our stand on creating a culture where all employees, partners, and customers feel welcomed and can be themselves without judgment. Over 2022 and 2023, our rainbow container has visited over 50 different locations in total, in 2023 specifically it visited 17 locations across 10 countries, including 11 customer sites and two major events, Eurovision and the Global Fashion Summit.

Containers of hope

The containers were made available at strategic points in their journey for Maersk employees to sign and share their hopes for a future of improved diversity and inclusion.

Containers that unite

They not only serve as a symbol for the company but also for our clients too. Maersk’s clients have showed interest in the use of these rainbow containers to move their goods around the world, and during the tour the containers have visited a range of customer sites including PUMA.

“We were pleased the MAERSK rainbow container stopped by at the PUMA headquarters during our Pride Month celebrations. The initiative sparked an open discourse on what diversity and inclusion means for everyone.”
— Dietmar Knoess. Global Director People & Organization at PUMA

Global inclusive parental leave benefit

Our parental leave benefit is offered to all employees globally and is the standard for all genders including LGBTQIA+ employees.
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Embracing UN Free & Equal

As part of A.P. Moller - Maersk’s strategy to increase diversity in the workplace, the company is reinforcing its existing commitment to the UN Global Compact by joining the UN’s LGBTI Standards for Business.

The UN standards are grounded in existing international human rights law and are in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Logos of Maersk and Free & Equal United Nations.
We believe it’s an absolute priority that our colleagues feel safe being themselves, free from prejudice and judgement on their choices in their way of life. We want everyone to feel that their identity is understood and recognised for their uniqueness and authenticity.
— Susana Elvira. Chief People Officer, A.P. Moller - Maersk

Working with the embassy model

Regulations covering LGBTQIA+ inclusion vary globally. To protect our employees and contribute to local LGBTQIA+ communities in jurisdictions where the rights of LGBTQIA+ people are not otherwise respected or protected, Maersk adopts an “embassy” model for inclusion.

Internally, the embassy model creates safe, inclusive workplaces for all of our LGBTQIA+ employees. It allows us to enforce our corporate policies for LGBTQIA+ inclusion regardless of local context, and it supports our efforts to promote tolerance and safe spaces for local employees. The ultimate goal is to create an environment in which everyone feels valued and protected, resulting in a productive and secure working environment. According to Giulio Castagni Parasole, Global DEI Partner at Maersk.

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Wallace Wang (second from the left), Global DEI Partner at Maersk

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