Diversity, equity and inclusion

To work at Maersk is to work with the world. We commit to ensuring that every Maersk employee feels equally included and valued for who they are and what they contribute.

Working with us

Diversity inspires us, our culture connects us. Our modern, inclusive workplaces are filled with amazing individuals who share our values and vision to go all the way. If you want to work for a truly diverse, inclusive and innovative workplace, we welcome you to explore our current career opportunities.

Why diversity, equity and inclusion matter

Respect for diversity is a core value at Maersk. It is a fundamental responsibility to not discriminate against any of our employees. Discrimination bars people from living up to their full potential and creates inequality and less stable and prosperous societies.

We also depend on diversity of thought to continue improving and developing our business. Facilitating a culture where everyone feels comfortable, respected and fairly treated will help us gain access to a larger, more diverse pool of talent.

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Cultural transformation and prevention at sea

Ensuring a psychologically safe and inclusive environment is paramount, no matter where you work. Maersk has zero tolerance against bullying, discrimination, violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault or harassment of any kind. We want every employee to be treated with respect and dignity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where diversity is valued.
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Our ambition

We want to facilitate diversity of thought and create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, where employees feel able to bring their whole selves to work and contribute their fullest. Our key priority is to foster gender diversity.

Diversity equity and inclusion

Our targets


Women in management and leadership (job level 4+) by 2025

Diverse nationality (non-OECD) of executives by 2025

Highlights in 2022

Women on Board of Directors 
We achieved our target for 2022 based on a total of eight members on our Board of Directors
Women in management and leadership
An increase which puts us well on track to meet our target of +40% by 2025
DEI integrated in our People Strategy
Making DEI a strategic priority ensures we keep a sharp focus on securing and sustaining a diverse workforce

Priorities and actions

We understand diversity as ‘who is in the room'; inclusion as 'how we create a sense of belonging for every person in the room'; and equity as exploring ‘who is trying to get into the room, but cannot’.

We have made DEI a special priority in our ESG strategy to drive progress in these areas. This sharpens and operationalises our focus on locating and eliminating the barriers that may prevent individuals from joining and thriving at Maersk and guides targeted actions to embed DEI in our business.

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Taking visible action on rights

  • We implement actions and policies to protect and further the rights of groups that experience discrimination in society.
  • We also strive to meet the expectations of customers, investors and benchmarking agencies, who are increasingly interested in our approach to DEI.

People strategy

  • Launched in 2022, our new People strategy has DEI at its core. It ensures we measure our near- and long-term progress to track our performance and address any gaps.

Gender representation targets 2025

  • Targets for gender representation include all management levels, split by business area, and anchored in our Executive Leadership Team.
  • Targets have recommended actions for attraction, retention and inclusion. New requirements are established for the documentation of women considered by executive search providers, and new processes to drive early identification of talent.

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Shifting the balance with Equal at Sea

Breaking the gender bias is an urgent priority as Maersk competes to access the broadest talent pool possible. To proactively address the attraction and retention challenges that stem from male-dominated working environments, we create toolkits and programmes to equip our leaders to integrate DEI throughout our People process.

Attracting women seafarers is a particular challenge. In markets like India, women seafarers make up just 0.5% of our workforce. To redress the balance, we launched the ‘Equal at Sea’ campaign, which aims to achieve equal gender participation in its cadet pool in India by 2027.

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