Acting as the building blocks of global trade, containers connect producers and customers across the world. Continuous trade expansion and access to global markets can help generate economic development, stimulate job creation, increase people’s income and raise living standards. However, in growth markets where the need for this is biggest, various obstacles continue to hamper trade - the lack of infrastructure, corruption, burdensome documentation processes, supply-chain inefficiencies, and lack of logistics know-how, to mention just a few.
We can play an important role in addressing these challenges through professional and educational training of the future workforce in the impacted communities. Two of Safmarine’s long– term involvements in educational projects are shared below enabling further growth and development of the communities in this area.
In commemoration of Safmarine’s heritage, it comes as a natural step to the company to pioneer with the ‘Containers in the community’ programme in South Africa. Over the past 21 years, the reuse of containers created more than 200 schools and pre-schools, educating approximately 30,000 children and young adults every day. Overall, we’ve donated more than 8000 decommissioned containers to approximately 3000 projects. Over the past years education-based container projects became an integral part of the African community and spread also to Liberia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya.
One such project is a partnership between fruit exporter, Karsten Farms and Albert Hein Supermarkets in the Netherlands whereby decommissioned Safmarine containers have been 'up-cycled' into computer laboratories, classrooms/libraries and kitchens for rural schools in the Northern Cape and North West Province.
According to Maria Webster, Safmarine Southern Africa's PR, Communications and CSR Manager, “Safmarine’s partnership project with Karsten started in 2008 when containers were donated to build two computer labs. Today they have five container kitchens, 12 computer centres and ten libraries/classrooms.”
Safmarine’s long- term financial commitment enables a unique program combining maritime industry expertise with secondary school level education to grow and flourish since 20 years – creating positive change within disadvantaged South African communities. With the received education the Graduates specialize on Maritime Economics and nautical science that provides them with the opportunity of finding employment in the maritime job market. It prepares the students for a broader set of sea-going careers and provides our industry with a well-educated and skilled workforce on and offshore.
We’re committed to conducting our business in a responsible and transparent manner. This extends to a number of different issues of key importance to responsible business practice. These include anti-corruption, health and safety, a sustainable supply chain and making investments in the communities where we operate. Our commitment is an integral part of our core values.
At Safmarine, we lead the way in ‘doing more with less’. We constantly seek out innovative and commercially viable ways to reduce our environmental impacts, be it CO2 and other air emissions, ballast water, or the materials we use to build our vessels. With the launch of our new 60% CO2 reduction target in 2014, we are accelerating our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint whilst growing our business.
UN Global Compact Lead
As a member of the UNGC LEAD programme, the Maersk Group has joined 50 other leading global companies striving to the highest levels of sustainability performance through ambitious commitments and targets, and by transparent reporting on our progress and challenges.
Logistics Emergency Team
As part of the Logistics Emergency Teams, led by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Maersk Group is working with governments and LET-partners Agility and UPS to use our common logistics expertise and equipment to respond more effectively when disasters strike.
Throughout all aspects of our vessel and shore operations, we’re committed to conducting our business in a responsible and lawful manner with respect for the wider economic, social and environmental impacts of our activities. It’s always been integral to the way we do business at the Maersk Group. We strive to promote the same principles in our relationships with our customers, our suppliers and our business partners.
The Sustainability Policy for Safmarine is anchored in the Maersk Group’s core values and policies, as well as our commitment to the UN Global Compact. It emphasizes our commitment to driving continual improvement in Health & Safe, Environment, Human & Labor Rights, Anti-Corruption and Security.
To achieve the objectives of this policy, we’ll proactively identify and mitigate risks of negative impacts in these areas. At the same time, we’ll communicate openly and honestly about our performance.
Any breaches of the policy should be reported via appropriate channels, starting with direct management. Safmarine’s global whistleblower system can be used to escalate violations of specific areas of the policy and is available to both external parties and employees of Safmarine.
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