Cultural transformation and prevention at sea
Ensuring a psychologically safe and inclusive environment is paramount, no matter where you work.
Setting a global standard
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. We have launched a global policy which:
- Sets out the minimum standards of behaviour we need from our employees
- Helps our employees identify any situation of misconduct
- Empowers people to speak up if they witness anything inappropriate.
Every employee has the right to work in an environment that is free from prejudice, bias, offensive and inappropriate behavior. That makes it a key principle for us to handle all reported incidents promptly, fairly, and transparently and to work hard to promote an environment where people speak up and receive our support to do so.
Our mission is to constantly develop a workplace where everybody can thrive and live to their full potential regardless of background, gender, nationality, religion or sexual orientation. While many initiatives have taken place to date, we recognize that we need to build not only a physically safe workplace, but a psychologically safe environment where people speak up if they feel or see something inappropriate.
A cultural transformation at sea
We know that the vast majority of Maersk seafarers are highly honorable, respectful, hardworking women and men. However, we also know from internal investigations that we have not fully had a safe and trusted environment across all social settings on our vessels. We are determined to change this, and that is why we have set out to create a cultural transformation of the work environment on our vessels.
Read about key initiatives in our Cultural Transformation at sea
We have improved our complaint procedure, trained the people who handle the reports and opened new lines of reporting
On Our Respect Radar campaign
In June 2022, we launched the “On Our Respect Radar” campaign which focuses on enabling people to identify harassment of any kind as well as ensure they know how to react to it. It addresses all seafarers but has a special focus on leaders. As part of the campaign, all 2,500 seagoing leaders and relevant office personnel have received anti-sexual assault/anti-sexual harassment training.
Training sessions are currently being conducted onboard all vessels for all crew. Furthermore all Senior Officers and all crew have customised anti-SASH e-Learning available. The aim of the campaign is to make sure that all have a common vocabulary and know what constitutes sexual harassment and what to do if one experiences a situation of misconduct.
A new leadership program for all seagoing leaders and their shore-based managers have been launched. The leadership program addresses behaviour skills and how to provide a psychologically safe working environment. The program will run for two years. All Senior Officers and ship management functions will receive face-to-face training in the following capabilities:
- Trust & Inclusion
- Guarding our Safety
- I am a Role Model
- I Lead with Presence
The program is fully dedicated to supporting the cultural transformation and equip all leaders with the tools they need to build a work culture of inclusion and respect.
Cadet culture program
Listening to the seafarers
We listen to and connect with the seafarers regularly to understand the prevailing culture and gauge our progress on the transformation, including
- Quarterly Pulse Surveys
- Bi-annual Engagement Survey
- Crew Connects with all seafarers