Diversity, equity and inclusion

To work at Maersk is to work with the world. We commit to ensuring that every Maersk employee feels equally included and valued for who they are and what they contribute.

Working with us

Diversity inspires us, our culture connects us. Our modern, inclusive workplaces are filled with amazing individuals who share our values and vision to go all the way. If you want to work for a truly diverse, inclusive and innovative workplace, we welcome you to explore our current career opportunities.

Why diversity, equity and inclusion matter

Respect for diversity is a core value at Maersk. It is a fundamental responsibility to not discriminate against any of our employees. Discrimination bars people from living up to their full potential and creates inequality and less stable and prosperous societies.

We also depend on diversity of thought to continue improving and developing our business. Facilitating a culture where everyone feels comfortable, respected and fairly treated will help us gain access to a larger, more diverse pool of talent.

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Cultural transformation and prevention at sea

Ensuring a psychologically safe and inclusive environment is paramount, no matter where you work. Maersk has zero tolerance against bullying, discrimination, violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault or harassment of any kind. We want every employee to be treated with respect and dignity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where diversity is valued.
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Our ambition

We want to facilitate diversity of thought and create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, where employees feel able to bring their whole selves to work and contribute their fullest. Our key priority is to foster gender diversity.

Diversity equity and inclusion

Our targets


Women in management and leadership (job level 4+) by 2025

Diverse nationality (non-OECD) of executives by 2025

Highlights in 2023

Diverse nationality of executives
Through focus and intent, we increased target nationality at the leadership level.
Women in management and leadership
Continued steady progress despite toughening markets.
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Women on the Board of Directors

Priorities and actions

We understand diversity as ‘who is in the room'; inclusion as 'how we create a sense of belonging for every person in the room'; and equity as exploring ‘who is trying to get into the room, but cannot’.

We have made DE&I a special priority in our ESG strategy to drive progress in these areas. This sharpens and operationalises our focus on locating and eliminating the barriers that may prevent individuals from joining and thriving at Maersk and guides targeted actions to embed DE&I in our business.

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Taking visible action on rights

  • We implement actions and policies to protect and further the rights of groups that experience discrimination in society.
  • We also strive to meet the expectations of customers, investors and benchmarking agencies, who are increasingly interested in our approach to DE&I.

People strategy

  • Launched in 2022, our new People strategy has DE&I at its core. It ensures we measure our near- and long-term progress to track our performance and address any gaps.

Gender representation targets 2025

  • Targets for gender representation include all management levels, split by business area, and anchored in our Executive Leadership Team.
  • Targets have recommended actions for attraction, retention and inclusion. New requirements are established for the documentation of women considered by executive search providers, and new processes to drive early identification of talent.

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Strengthening our support for colleagues with diverse ability

Creating a culture built on respect, fairness and a strong sense of belonging is key to improving our business and transforming our industry. To get where we want to go, we need access to 100% of the global talent pool.

In 2023, Maersk’s broadened its scope of inclusiveness with a new Diverse Abilities policy designed to eliminate barriers and ensure equal opportunities so people with diverse abilities can fully participate in all aspects of employment, and a series of training programs on neurodiversity in the workplace. We call disabilities ‘diverse abilities’ to focus on our colleagues’ skills and capabilities, rather than their perceived limitations.

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