Committed to a sustainable future

The Hamburg Süd Sustainability Report

Sustainability Report

Under the title “On a sustainable course”, Hamburg Süd reports on more than 80 pages about key aspects, successes achieved, and relevant developments in 2016 and 2017, based on the “Core” option of the new guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Hamburg Süd also refers to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The content of the report was determined on the basis of a survey of various stakeholder groups such as customers, suppliers, NGOs, and employees. Environmental aspects such as oil spills, air emissions, and energy efficiency were particularly important to all stakeholders. Occupational safety and data privacy are also very important. Hamburg Süd has a positive balance on all issues. CO2e emissions were reduced further – by as much as 40 percent per TEUkm by the end of the reporting period compared to the base year 2009. Consumption and emissions are listed in a detailed environmental balance sheet. In addition over both years no oil spills or data breaches were registered company-wide.

Sustainability Report 2016/2017
Additional information relating to the Sustainability Report 2016/2017

Sustainability Report 2014/2015
Additional information relating to the Sustainability Report 2014/2015

Selected sustainability projects

Cap San Tainaro and Santa Catarina
Fuel changeover in Chile

In collaboration with our customer Electrolux, we launched a project in Chile in 2017, as well as in Mexico, Peru, and Chile in 2018, to reduce our sulphur emissions. It entailed switching over from heavy marine oil to marine gas oil during our stay in the port, and resulted in a savings in sulphur emissions of over 98 percent. The project shows: Together, we can achieve even more when it comes to sustainability.

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Seafarer training in the South Pacific
50 years of seafarer training in the South Pacific

A half century ago, Hamburg Süd co-founded the Maritime Training Centre (MTC) on Kiribati’s Tarawa Atoll. To date, more than 5,000 seafarers have been trained there – giving the young people of Kiribati a truly positive future outlook. For Hamburg Süd and its partnering shipping companies, too, the seafarers’ school in the South Pacific is a win all round.

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Together for more sustainability

Guidelines for our actions


Our sustainability policy is anchored in the principles of our social and environmental responsibility; our Safety, Environmental, and Quality Policy; and our Code of Conduct.

Principles of Social and Ecological Responsibility
Safety, Environmental, and Quality Policy
Code of Conduct for Suppliers

Do you have any further questions?


Feel free to contact us:

Dr. Frank Dubielzig
Environmental Officer
+49 40 37050

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