Safety and security

We employ more than 100,000 people across 130 countries. It is our prime responsibility to keep them safe and secure while they work at sea, in the air, and in terminals, warehouses and offices.

Why safety and security matter

Safety and security at work is a basic human right. As a global employer, we have a duty of care for all our employees worldwide as well as anyone operating on our sites.

Constant care is a core value at Maersk. We see safety and security as our first ethical priority towards our employees, their families and our communities.

Our ambition

We ensure that everyone gets home safe by preventing fatal and life-altering incidents.

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Our targets

Of Learning Teams completed following a High Potential Incident by 2023
Global Leadership (top 1,200 leaders) upskilled in Maersk Safety & Security Principles by 2023

Highlights in 2022

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18,000+ Gembas completed
Maersk leaders participated in 18,000+ safety walks, or ‘Gembas’, on our operational frontlines to ensure employees have what they need to operate safely
Manages risk and unpredictability
Risk assessments strengthened
We set new targets on key indicators for safety capacity and strengthened security protocols for operating in high-risk countries

Priorities and actions

The safety and security of our people is one of the three core commitments in our ESG strategy. This ensures we continually work to eliminate fatalities and life-altering injuries and strive for as few lost time injuries as possible. We drive progress by focusing on key priority areas.
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Creating the capacity to fail safely

We work to create open and trust-based environments that are conducive to reporting and learning from safety risks and incidents. If incidents do occur, our safety culture, processes and mitigating actions will have the resilience to ensure that no significant harm results.
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Embedding Maersk Safety and Security Principles

Four strategic principles guide our work to embed safety into the fabric of our business.

  • We lead with care and will improve leadership capabilities
  • We learn and adapt and will build capacity to manage serious risks through controls and safeguards
  • We improve our culture of learning by promoting employee voices, engagement and knowledge sharing
  • We enhance foundations both structurally and operationally with simple, accessible tools and competent advice

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Monitoring and acting on emerging security risks

As we expand into new industries and markets, so does our need to understand and proactively manage emerging security risks – especially in this time of increasing geopolitical tension, local armed conflicts and civil unrest.

We closely monitor the security conditions of our operating sites and respond quickly when necessary. In 2022, we strengthened our security protocols for operations in high-risk countries in response to emerging threats, including the war in Ukraine and risks connected to our operations in Myanmar.

Sustainability Report 2022

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