Sustainable procurement

As an end-to-end logistics provider, we have both the ability and responsibility 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.

Why sustainable procurement matters

Progress in 2021

To strengthen the impact of our Sustainable Development Programme, we laid out new paths in 2021 to transform our approach to integrating sustainability management into our supply chains by adopting a supplier lifestyle perspective.

As part of this transformation, we have incorporated sustainable criteria at procurement category level. See how we plan to integrate ESG criteria into all phases of the supplier engagement cycle below.

Our ambition

We will integrate ESG as a strategic topic across supplier lifecycle stages and establish 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

Priorities and actions

The A.P. Moller – Maersk Supplier Code of Conduct sets out the minimum requirement for our direct suppliers and select sub-suppliers to operate in accordance with our responsible business practices and in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Engaging with high-risk suppliers

Compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct is regularly assessed using due diligence activities such as audits, self-assessments, and documentation reviews.

Out of a total of 60,000 suppliers, we have around 4,200 suppliers in high-risk categories. Using a risk-based approach, we prioritise our due diligence activities in categories such as trucking, warehousing, and third-party labour. Where possible, we engage in partnerships and collaborations to increase our leverage and promote positive change.

You can learn more about what we expect from our suppliers here.

Our sustainable procurement targets for 2024


Suppliers committed to our Supplier Code of Conduct


Strategic suppliers undergoing ESG assessments


High-risk category suppliers with Improvement Plan successfully closed

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

Maersk Sustainability Report 2021

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

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