Maersk is committed to respecting human rights, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and as a member of the UN Global Compact.
Why human rights matter
Many of our ESG commitments touch on human rights: from our action on climate change and our focus on sustainable supply chains, to the way we use data and build and recycle our vessels.
Because of this, we recognise that our conduct in our own business and in our business relationships has the potential to significantly impact society – both positively and negatively. Increasing regulation and growing stakeholder expectations also confirm that human rights is an area where Maersk can and should take a lead.
Our human rights targets
Priorities and actions
Maersk Human Rights Policy
Determining our key risks
We conduct corporate-level human rights assessments to refresh our understanding of potential and actual human rights risks that may impact our value chain. From our latest human rights assessment, current issues identified include health and safety and working conditions (wages, benefits and hours) in the supply chain, plus access to remedy.
We continue to define action plans and prioritise areas for action based on our risk assessments. We will continue efforts to improve due diligence on high-risk suppliers and strengthening our grievance mechanisms. We are also working to better understand emerging issues linked to our growth strategy, including data ethics and just transition.
Committing to a just transition
We understand that global action on climate change may have unintended impacts on peoples’ rights and livelihoods, and that new supply chains (for example biofuel sourcing) may affect communities.
We are therefore taking a human-centred approach to our decarbonisation strategy. We will adhere to international human rights standards and actively engage with all stakeholder groups and policy debates to ensure that the energy transition is a just transition.