Environment and ecosystems

As active citizens of the Earth, we are committed to doing as little harm as possible while at the same time actively participating in restoring ocean and land health and resilience, as well as protecting animal habitats where we operate.

Why our ecosystem impacts matter

Our activities impact life on land and in oceans. The ships, trucks, trains, warehouses, depots and planes we use to store and move our customers’ goods emit pollutants to the air and into water systems. This in turn influences the living environments of humans and other species.

Why our ecosystem impacts matter

Defining our priorities for environment and ecosystems

As part of our sustainability strategy, we have identified four material areas of impact where we can make a significant difference to ocean and land health, including animal habitats.
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Ecosystem health and biodiversity

Where we will protect the ecosystems in which we operate and support scientific research and partnerships where synergies exist.

Environmental Friendly

Waste and pollution, including air emissions

Where we will reduce waste, pollution and emissions in the global supply chain through environmental management systems, global policies, and clear action plans.

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Responsible ship recycling

Where we will ensure safe and responsible ship recycling of our own vessels, and work towards creating opportunities globally to the benefit of workers, environment, responsible yards and shipowners.

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Efficient resource consumption

Where we will work towards efficient resource use, recovery and recycling across our company

Our ambition

We see ourselves as active citizens of the Earth, operating on the oceans as well as increasingly on land. We are committed to doing as little harm as possible while at the same time actively participating in restoring ocean and land health and resilience, as well as protecting animal habitats where we operate.

Environment and ecosystem

Priorities and actions

Working in each of our four priority areas, we assess and monitor the environmental impact of our operations and define targeted actions to deliver continuous improvement on each parameter.

Ecosystem health and biodiversity

We will protect the ecosystems in which we operate and support scientific research and partnerships where synergies exist.

Waste and pollution, including air emissions

We will mitigate waste, pollution and emissions in the global supply chain through environmental management systems and global policies.

Efficient resource consumption

We will work towards efficient resource use, recovery and recycling across our company.

Responsible ship recycling

We will ensure safe and responsible ship recycling of our own vessels, and work towards creating opportunities globally to the benefit of workers, environment, responsible yards and shipowners.

Driving action through engagement

To support progress on our environmental priorities, we provide relevant training to our employees and engage actively with key stakeholders, including customers, civil society, authorities and investors on key environmental issues.

We also participate in scientific partnerships in areas where we have an impact on ecosystems, and where our vessels and expertise can be mobilised to advance research.

As science makes the interconnections between nature, biodiversity and climate change impacts clearer, we are raising our ambitions to go beyond compliance and risk management. We expect to set more detailed targets over the coming years.

Driving action through engagement

Managing our growth sustainably

We are increasingly expected to have externally certified management systems in place across our full business. This is now common in tender requirements and in dialogues with our customers.

We are implementing corporate-wide a management framework with standards for how we operate and grow sustainably as a business and in compliance with global environmental requirements. This framework includes an environmental and social profiling tool and an HSSE due diligence process for highlighting sensitivities in mergers and acquisitions.

Our ocean-based activities have been ISO 14001-certified for over a decade. We are working to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits, risks and opportunities associated with establishing a company-wide third-party verified system.

Managing our growth sustainably

Maersk Sustainability Report 2021

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