Maersk joins global effort to promote LGBTI rights

Published by Jesper Toft Madsen on 23 July 2018

A.P. Moller - Maersk has signed the UN’s LGBTI Standards for Business, reinforcing its long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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According to the United Nations, violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people cannot be ended by governments alone. Businesses can foster diversity and promote a culture of respect and equality both in the workplace and in the communities where they and their business partners operate.

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.

“Signing the UN standards means that we take responsibility as a company to help tackle a global problem and promote equality for LGBTI people,” says Ulf Hahnemann, Chief Human Resources Officer of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

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. The standards present measures that companies can take to make their policies and practices more inclusive for individuals making up the LGBTI spectrum.

Two-sided effort enables progress

To sustain and further accelerate progress, it is essential that Maersk focuses on both diversity and inclusion, says Ulf Hahnemann.

“Being inclusive means ensuring that Maersk is a company where talented individuals from any background can succeed. It’s about being able to work across differences and being able to make decisions free from bias, respecting each other and leveraging the uniqueness everyone brings to work.”

Maersk has been focusing on diversity and inclusion for years and has made progress on increasing diversity of its leadership. Since 2014, the number of low-income OECD countries – or target nationalities – has doubled at the top level of the organisation while also seeing a steady increase in female representation from Job Level 5 and above.

“We will continue to invest in women’s and regional development programmes that help us to ensure that we’re leveraging the full talent pool internally. We have targets in place to help us keep on track and measure our progress and diversity is a key focus throughout all of our people processes and policies,” says Rachel Osikoya, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Maersk.

Read more about Maersk’s diversity improvements and targets in the Sustainability Report 2017.


Why diversity and inclusion matters for business

  1. Ability to access and leverage the widest talent pool. It is important to be able to attract the right talent from different backgrounds, race, nationality, gender, religion, disability, age and sexual orientation.
  2. Increased access to diversity of thought and ultimately innovation.
  3. Maersk is a truly global company with distinctive stakeholders from customers to suppliers, governments and partners. Successful business in a global environment means having employees that are able to work across an unprecedented level of diversity and complexity.
  4. Our Employees – respecting the diversity and uniqueness of its employees is one of Maersk’s Core Values.