Inclusive, sustainable trade

By connecting and simplifying global supply chains, we help our customers thrive. And by making them more inclusive, we can support that this value is shared for societal benefit.

Why inclusive, sustainable trade matters

We believe global trade can be a powerful enabler for development. But to realise this potential, trade needs to become more accessible, inclusive, trusted and caring towards our planet and resources. In short: more sustainable.

At Maersk, we see it as our purpose to enable sustainable global trade for a growing world. We are working to digitise and decarbonise the world's supply chains – to go all the way to ensure that the growth we facilitate is sustainable. For now, and for the generations that follow us.

Our ambition

We will support the transformation of global trade into a powerful enabler of sustainable development, as expressed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Priorities and actions

We focus on supporting our customers as they strive to make their own operations and supply chains more sustainable. Customer requirements are incorporated into all our ESG priorities, and we have launched green customer solutions to support their decarbonisation journeys. We also focus on driving accessibility and inclusivity in global trade, so it works better for everyone.
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Building resilience to supply chain shocks

Our customers are focusing on resiliency, flexibility and connectivity as supply chain shocks become a new normal, from the increasing impact of climate change and severe weather to disruptions from multiple geopolitical conflicts.

As well as developing closer relationships with our customers, we are also delivering new technical solutions to keep their supply chains running end-to-end.

Digital synergies

Accelerating digital transformation

Our digital platforms are a key enabler for many customers, supporting seamless access to global trade and improved customer experiences.

Our digital interaction with customers across all platforms is growing, especially our industry-first digital solutions such as instant booking confirmation.

Green logistics solutions

Customers increasingly factor ESG requirements into their logistics decision-making processes, with many operators using ESG supplier evaluation platforms such as EcoVadis, which recognised Maersk with a Platinum rating in 2023, representing the top 1% of our industry.

Our green logistics solutions are developed in close and continual dialogue with a broad range of businesses, helping many more deliver on their climate commitments.

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Solutions for small businesses

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are the backbone of many economies, yet are often disproportionately impacted by changing demands for shipping and logistics capacity. Our digital logistics solution for SMEs, Twill, transformed into Maersk Go.

This evolution incorporates the key elements valued by small and medium businesses, providing enhanced accessibility to Maersk’s wider catalogue of transportation products and logistical services. Maersk Go empowers entrepreneurs to book shipments and track and manage everything in one place. The mission persists—to level the playing field for SMEs in international trade—now strengthened with better capabilities.

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Making trade work for women

The contribution made by women-owned businesses in driving inclusive economic growth worldwide is recognised by governments and scientists alike.

Since 2018, Maersk has supported SheTrades, a platform that connects women entrepreneurs all over the world to global markets. Our contributions include a coaching program that pairs Maersk coaches with women entrepreneurs from developing countries. Over the last 5 years, we have enabled over 3,775 beneficiaries to receive technical expertise through training and other solutions in over 88 countries.

Featured highlights and case stories

Advancing women entrepreneurs globally

Inclusive trade is a key driver of economic growth and job creation, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises and including those owned or led by women.

Since 2018, Maersk has partnered with ITC She Trades to support women entrepreneurs, equipping them with the tool and skills to thrive in global markets. One of our She Trades beneficiaries is Olasumbo Adeleke, a shea butter processor and supporter of smallholder farmers in rural communities in Nigeria. Olasumbo learned how to process shea butter from her mother, who learned it from her mother - a generational tradition. Now she is learning how to implement an environmentally friendly production process, creating a sustainable livelihood for smallholder farmers in rural communities in Nigeria.

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Sustainability Report 2023

Explore our progress on environmental, social and governance dimensions in our latest Sustainability Report.




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