Our purpose is to make trade flow and change what's possible for everyone.
We are committed to enabling resilience and building a smart and sustainable future for our stakeholders. Delivering against our ESG ambitions is integral to our mission of making trade more efficient and accessible.
Scroll down to read some of our 2022 ESG highlights.
"As the leading provider of smart logistics solutions, enabling the flow of trade across the globe, we have a responsibility to address the impact of our operations and recent acquisitions. From pushing nature-based solutions to exploring new technologies, we will use our resources to create a positive impact for the planet and our communities – without leaving anyone behind."
Group Chief People and Sustainability Officer
Key ESG Highlights and Achievements in 2022
Reportable injury frequency rate (RIFR)
Serious environmental incidents
Invested in global education projects
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) climate change response score
Renewable electricity share of total electricity
% of reclaimed waste from total generated waste
Spend on people training and development
Women and girls supported through our community projects
We are committed to ensuring the highest standards and our commitment to sustainability is embodied in our prudent governance structure and processes.
In 2022 we established an Executive Sustainability Council to further enhance our sustainability governance framework. The council is responsible for providing strategic oversight of the Group’s sustainability strategy, ensuring alignment with the overall business strategy, and identifying and managing ESG risks and opportunities.
Driving Emotional Health in Angola
As part of our commitment to promoting sustainable development and achieving SDG 3, “Good Health & Well-being,” our team in Luanda launched a new Emotional Health Programme during SDG week. This program aims to enhance the well-being of our employees by providing psychological and social support, thereby fostering a healthy workplace, and promoting a high quality of life for all.
We recognise the importance of promoting emotional health and well-being in Angola, and our program reflects our dedication to driving positive change in this area.
Partnering with the Senegalese League Against Cancer
In partnership with the Senegalese League Against Cancer (LISCA), our colleagues in Dakar helped midwives and health agents screen women for breast and cervical cancer through a Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme.
Cervical cancer is a significant health risk amongst women in Senegal and there has been a demand for a cervical cancer prevention programme from women’s associations in the region. Since 2016, this programme has screened 14K women and identified 271 precancerous legions.
Installing water systems and bio-toilets across villages and schools in India
Our team India is progressing on the charge of addressing access to clean water. Our colleagues installed water systems and bio-toilets across five villages and schools in Marul Haveli & Ransai, Maharashtra Sachana, Gujarat Diwana & Jhattipur, and Haryana. The installations benefited 15,300 people, 5650 households and 1,171 students. A similar project was carried out in other regions, where our colleagues from India assisted in building rainwater harvesting structures for recharging bore wells to improve quantity and quality of accessible water, changing the lives of 9,000 residents in Kondakarai Village and the surrounding areas.
Certifying DP World Chile as using 100% renewable electricity
DP World Chile has made history by becoming the first port operator in South America to secure a renewable electricity certification. This certification showcases how the port's electricity is derived from hydro-electric plants and is a significant achievement in our goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
Other DP World ports in Chile are also making progress towards renewable electricity, with 54% of the electricity used at San Antonio and 30% of the electricity used at Lirquen being hydro-electric power.
Achieving zero landfill in Santos
DP World’s port terminal in Santos, Brazil has partnered with the “Aterro Zero” project to treat and repurpose all its waste, eliminating the need for it to be sent to landfills. This waste is currently accounted for under our Scope 3 emissions. The non-recyclable waste is converted into thermal energy, which is used as a fuel for industrial furnaces in cement production. This initiative not only reduces the environmental impact of the operations, but also conserves natural resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, creates jobs, and improves local health. The Santos terminal is the first in Brazil to achieve 100% waste reuse within the company.
Announcing DP World Chairman as the Middle East’s first Heforshe Champion
On International Women’s Day 2022, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World, was announced as the latest member of the HeForShe Alliance. As the first leader from the Middle East region to join this prestigious group, Mr. Bin Sulayem is committed to making a positive impact that increases female representation, eliminates skills shortages, and advocates for diversity in the industry.
Graduating first batch of female solar engineers from rural Senegal
Our partnership with Barefoot College International (BCI) has enabled us to train the first batch of women from rural areas of Senegal as solar energy and maintenance technicians. The participating women completed an intensive four-month training course and are now fully qualified to positively impact their local communities. DP World's nearly $400,000 donation to equip the training centre and cover the cost of training included the tools and resources needed for them to become business owners in the solar energy sector. The aim of this initiative is to sustainably inspire the development of local economies, ultimately empowering and encouraging women to join the sector.
Tapping young tech innovators to create new global trade solutions
We established a programme for students from leading universities in the United Arab Emirates and India to foster creativity and innovation by challenging participants to develop new technology-based solutions for optimising global supply chains. The Big Tech Project initiative challenged the students to design and build prototypes of their proposed trade solutions under the guidance of mentors from DP World’s Global Technology Team. The winners of the first ever student innovators created a 3D visual guidance equipment maintenance and inspection system for port terminal equipment.
Committing to minimising waste in Türkiye
Our colleagues in Yarimca, Türkiye have partnered with the Mind Your Waste Foundation and Kocaeli University to launch a project to reduce plastic waste by educating children on the importance of considering their usage and disposing waste sustainably. The programme not only targets children, but also raises awareness and teaches colleagues at the Yarımca location how to minimise their waste in the workplace. This project highlights our commitment to sustainability and our role in promoting environmentally-friendly practices within the communities where it operates.
Backing Prince William’s Earthshot innovators with £1million global investment
In line with our commitment to protect the ocean, leaders from DP World participated in the first-ever Earthshot Prize Innovation Showcase. As a Founding Partner of The Earthshot Prize, DP World announced a £1million investment to scale the work of two Earthshot Prize Finalists in the UAE and Middle East. The investment will go towards developing a strategy for large-scale reef restoration in the UAE with Bahamas-based Coral Vita and creating panels to mimic natural habitats for marine life with Australia-based Living Seawalls.
Partnering with Wateraid to deliver water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure
DP World has entered into a three-year partnership agreement with WaterAid, an international organization working to address the global water security crisis. DP World will invest £200,000 annually over the next three years to allow WaterAid to design and implement long-lasting, comprehensive water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) nfrastructure starting in Mozambique and looking to expand in 2023.