Maersk admits going too far in US lobby effort

Following heavy criticism of Maersk's lobbying efforts against the US Food Aid Program, which subsidiary Maersk Line Limited is part of, the group now admits that it has gone too far and has decided to withdraw from the debate.

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For the last two years Maersk has sustained a lobbying effort against the Obama administration's reform of the US Food Aid Program, which eliminates the need for sailing food aid from the United States to crisis-stricken areas, making the program much more efficient than it is today.

A lobbying effort that was at first heavily criticized in the journal Foreign Policy, and which relief organization Care criticizes today, Wednesday, in an editorial in Danish newspaper Børsen, describing the case as embarrassing, adding that it contradicts the commitments under the Global Compact, the UN's guidelines for social responsibility, which Maersk is a part of and where the right to food is one of the binding international human rights.

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