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Joining forces for sustainable transport

With the lack of an international agreement on CO2 reductions in shipping, the onus is on transporters and their customers to push the agenda on reducing CO2. Electrolux and Maersk are stepping up to the plate.

Ms Philly Teixeira, VP Key client management from shipping company Maersk Line, and Henrik Sundström, VP Sustainability AB Electrolux, signing the agreement, together with Electrolux representatives Björn Vang-Jensen, VP Global Logistics and Gregoire Letort, CPO.

International shipping currently accounts for 2.4% of the world’s total CO2 emissions, and its impact is expected to increase exponentially. Despite this, the industry is not within the scope of COP21’s outcome. In this regulatory vacuum, it’s up to suppliers and their customers to push the agenda.

Taking the first step

Through a partnership with shipping company Maersk Line, we are creating initiatives that make an impact in the container shipping industry and are speaking with one strong voice on how to tackle this challenge.

Electrolux and shipping company Maersk Line have signed an agreement to emphasize sustainability in our business relationship. Grounded in our shared ambitions, our CSR Pact aims to improve our sustainability performance, and is intended to inspire similar initiatives in the shipping industry.

Broad collaboration

Primarily intended to reduce the CO2 impact of transporting goods, the partnership includes a range of areas for collaboration. We jointly commit to greater transparency, securing more reliable data on the environmental footprint of our shipping activities, and introducing other sustainability metrics in transport services. But the agreement is not limited to the environmental sphere; we will also explore best practice for addressing social risks in our logistics.

Building strategic partnerships on sustainability in the supply chain like this one, and integrating sustainability criteria in our purchasing decisions will unlock not only commercial potential but also sustainability improvements in areas that are beyond our direct influence.