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


  1. Trucking / Intermodal
  2. Warehousing services
  3. Facility management
  4. Outsourced labour
  5. Terminals
  6. Shipbuilding yards / Drydocks
  7. Security offshore
  8. Promotional items
  9. Custom agents
  10. Security onshore
  11. Construction
  12. Chemicals / Paints
  13. Equipment / Maintenance / Repair (EMR)
  14. Container manufacturers
  15. Manning - Seafarers



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 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.

Commitments and frameworks

Our commitment to Responsible Procurement is set out in A.P. Moller-Maersk's Third Party Code of Conduct and in our Commit Rule (governance framework) 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 highest management level of the businesses and brands as well as 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.