Employee relations and labour rights

We respect and uphold fundamental labour rights and determinedly pursue constructive employee relations in every area of our business.

Why employee relations and labour rights matter

The way we treat our employees, and their representatives, is fundamental to our success – and never more so as our landside operations expand. We are committed to respecting labour rights and ensuring constructive employee relations in all our workplaces.

These commitments are based on core ILO conventions and internationally accepted frameworks from the UN and OECD, as well as compliance with applicable local legislation where we operate.

Employee relations and labour rights

Our employee relations and labour rights targets: 2023

Of our people trained in employee labour rights

Our ambition

We offer decent, fair and equal working conditions and strive to make Maersk a good place to work for all employees. We identify risks for third-party labour and implement mitigating and preventive actions. We also involve employees in our efforts to ensure that we adequately consider our responsibilities towards our people as our business grows.

Employee relation and labor rights

Priorities and actions

Our priority is to ensure constructive employee relations with full support for the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. We actively engage with trade unions, workers councils and other employee representative bodies, and take a proactive approach to managing new challenges responsibly as the scope of our business grows.

Managing our commitments

We manage our employee and labour rights commitments through a rule in our central governance system, Commit, as well as through policies covering specific areas of our business.

Maersk has an established Employee Relations Council, which sets direction and monitors our progress, and a network of global, regional and local employee relations specialists. All our employees receive training on employee relations and labour rights.

Driving better labour practices all the way

Beyond our ongoing activities, we are also investing in solutions to emerging issues resulting from our business growth or external developments. Areas where this is driving stronger focus include third-party labour working conditions.

Our Global Integrator-strategy has a built-in expansion for our labour rights-related activities on land. This means that we assume responsibility for ESG challenges related to our customers’ supply chain, so that we drive improvements together – all the way.

Growing and modernising responsibly

Our strategy to transform global logistics will inevitably change and modernise some of our ways of working. For example, our focus on digitisation will include more extensive use of automation, particularly in our port terminals.

We continue to build an approach for engaging employee representatives in these processes and actions in a timely manner to secure that our growth strategy adequately considers our responsibility towards employees.

Growing and modernising responsibly

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