Maersk is committed to respecting human rights, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and as a long-standing signatory to the UN Global Compact.
Why human rights matters
Our conduct – in our own business and through our business relationships across our value chain – has the potential to impact society, both positively and negatively. Our recognition of this is closely connected to our purpose: “Improving life for all by integrating the world”. Increasing regulation and stakeholder expectations relating to human rights also confirm that this is an area where Maersk can and should take a lead.
Many of our ESG commitments touch on human rights: from our actions on climate change and supply chain sustainability, to the way we use data and build and recycle our vessels. Human rights perspectives inform and guide several categories in our ESG strategy and governance approach. It is also an ESG category in its own right, ensuring we have the right level of engagement and oversight.
We will continue to align our business practices with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and ensure that human rights considerations are integrated into our due diligence processes and ESG governance mechanisms.
Priorities and actions
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Operating in complex environments
At Maersk, there is a strong belief that global trade can be a powerful enabler for development when carried out in a responsible and sustainable way.
In 2023, we conducted a heightened human rights due diligence, assessment in Myanmar, with the support of external consultants. The assessment concluded that it is possible for Maersk to responsibly operate there with the support of robust management systems. In addition, Maersk in Myanmar positively impacts an estimated 12,500 people in terms of employment, standard setting, and economic contributions and services to the market and partners. We will continue our engagement with all stakeholders to support responsible business practices in the country.
Green fuel sourcing
With our transition towards green fuels comes the need to consider emerging risks from new business activities such as the development of green fuel supply chains. In 2023, we developed a green fuel sourcing due diligence framework including assessment of high-risk suppliers’ ability to identify and manage potential impacts on people, with the purpose of influencing suppliers’ mitigation of such potential impacts.