Sustainable procurement

As an end-to-end logistics provider, we have both the ability and a duty to advance responsible business practices throughout our supply chains.

Why sustainable procurement matters

Our operations and purchasing decisions impact social, environmental, and economic conditions, both in our industry and across global supply chains. Because of this reach and influence, our customers expect us to ensure that our services are sustainable – all the way.

By addressing sustainability risks in our supply chain, we strengthen our stakeholders’ trust and proactively contribute to a more sustainable global trade. We also remain well prepared for the evolving regulation of due diligence in supply chains.

Our ambition

We will integrate ESG as a strategic topic across supplier lifecycle stages, establishing end-to-end visibility on supplier performance through collaboration and engagement with an ultimate goal of co-development and innovation towards sustainable outcomes.

Sustainable procurement

Our targets

100% of suppliers (in scope) committed to the Supplier Code of Conduct
More than 85% of strategic suppliers undergoing ESG assessments
More than 80% of high-risk category suppliers with Improvement Plan successfully closed

Highlights in 2022

Decision Making
Operational model established
We reached a completion rate of 75% on all of our Sustainable Procurement targets
Roadmap created
Our Sustainable Procurement Roadmap outlines how we will work to achieve supply chain sustainability leadership in our industry
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Supplier ESG process initiated
We have initiated our supplier ESG process mapping & platform and integrated ESG into our procurement objectives

Priorities and actions

Guided by our Sustainable Procurement Steering Committee, we work to establish end-to-end visibility on supplier ESG performance through digitisation and process standardisation, with a prioritised focus on decarbonisation, safety and security, and labour and human rights.

Our Sustainable Procurement Roadmap outlines the activities we will undertake in three key phases to achieve industry leadership in supply chain sustainability.

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2022 progress

Building the foundation

  • Operational model established
  • ESG integrated into procurement objectives
  • Supplier ESG process mapping & platform initiated
  • Initial focus on 3 ESG areas: Decarbonisation, Safety & Security, Labour and Human rights
Efficient Returns Management

Medium to long-term goal

Aspiring to best in industry

  • High quality supplier ESG data on sustainable procurement metrics
  • Customised end-to-end supplier ESG overview through the ESG platform
  • ESG* fully integrated in assessments and supplier engagements for high-risk categories


Driving execution

  • Scale up supplier engagement
  • Initiate actions to integrate other ESG categories in procurement
  • Prepare for regulatory due diligence requirements
  • Embed Source to Pay process with ESG requirements
  • Implement procurement ESG platform
  • Integrate ESG into procurement training

Featured highlights and case stories

Supplier Code of Conduct

The Maersk Supplier Code of Conduct sets out minimum requirements in the areas of anticorruption, working conditions, human rights, and the environment. It’s a foundation that supports our partners as we take sustainable logistics all the way, together.

Supplier Code of Conduct

Sustainability Report 2022

Explore our progress on environmental, social and governance dimensions in our latest Sustainability Report.
Maersk sustainability report

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