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.

LGBTQI+ inclusion at Maersk

Maersk is fully committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and we are proud to support every employee that helps our business thrive. This is why we respect, attract, support and retain talented lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and professionals of other gender and sexual-orientation identities.

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

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 LGBTQI+ leaders.

Strengthening our global LGBTQI+ allyship

Christian Wirawan is a Regional Product Owner for Maersk E-commerce solutions. He also leads the pride@maersk network, our global community for LGBTQI+ 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.

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. Maersk’s clients have also showed interest in the use of these rainbow containers to move their goods around the world, and during the tour they have visited a range of customer sites.

“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

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.
“Signing the standards brings with it a responsibility to help shape inclusive work environments, where every Maersk employee can be their authentic self and contribute their fullest.”
— Susana Elvira. Chief People Officer, A.P. Moller - Maersk

Working with the embassy model

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

“The embassy model creates safe, inclusive workplaces internally for all our LGBTQI+ employees,” explains Wallace Wang, Global DEI Partner at Maersk. “It enables us to enforce our corporate policies for LGBTQI+ inclusion, regardless of local context, and  supports our work to promote tolerance among local employees.”

Embassy model – A group of employees in an office.
Wallace Wang (second from the left), Global DEI Partner at Maersk

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