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 chain.

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 responsible – 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 by 2024.
More than 85% of strategic suppliers undergoing ESG assessments by 2024.
More than 80% of high-risk category suppliers with Improvement Plan successfully closed by 2024.
100% procurement staff trained in Sustainable Procurement by 2024.

Highlights in 2023

Decision Making
Sustainable procurement training
Sustainable Procurement course rolled out to all procurement colleagues, target of 100% completion by 2024.
Partnering with suppliers on DE&I
Collaboration with key clients, including pilots to develop a structured, efficient process for collecting supplier statistics.
Document sharing
ESG risk assessment tool rollout
A supplier ESG risk assessment tool for Maersk buyers and suppliers, to monitor and evaluate supplier ESG performance.

Priorities and actions

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.

Efficient Returns Management

Upholding social standards for third party labour

As our strategy drives significant logistics growth, we’re increasingly dependent on outsourced services and suppliers to deliver customer solutions. It is crucial that our third-party contractors maintain the same standards to ensure that these extended colleagues are treated responsibly. Our core focus areas include:

  • Ensuring that supplier-facing safety and security standards are appropriate and in line with our internal standards.
  • Collaborating with key client partners around gathering insights on, and supporting, supplier diversity goals
Sustainable integration

Working with our suppliers on decarbonisation

Our suppliers are key to decarbonising Maersk’s own and our customers’ supply chains. Our commitment extends to strengthening our suppliers’ capabilities, providing education on sustainable procurement practices, and emphasizing their pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions.

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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 2023

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

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