Five Danish shipping companies – Torm, Nordic Tankers, Maersk, Lauritzen and Norden – have agreed to the UN human rights principles by signing the UN Global Compact. This has led to an increase in focus on social responsibility in the shipping companies according to the 2012 Danish Shipowners’ Association annual report published recently. Among other things, the principles provide guidelines to working conditions, environment and anti-corruption measures and are able to do a big difference for the companies, Norden CSR Director Ulla Eithz Nielsen says.
“In our first year as members of the UN Global Compact, the 10 principles have helped us restructure our CSR efforts and our CSR reporting. After having worked on CSR for some years, we now use the UN Global Compact to support the work we are doing on our key CSR areas which are: energy and climate, maritime security, worker conditions and anti-corruption. We think the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles into our strategies, business procedures and operations in all relevant areas of our business”, Ulla Eithz Nielsen says.