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.

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.

Supplier sustainability guidance