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Maersk vessel Yantian

Maersk Group Sustainability

The A. P. Moller-Maersk Group in China

2013-2014 (8 months)


How a country is connected to the world through maritime transport matters. The study documents how China has benefitted from second-to-none maritime transport connections and assesses Maersk’s particular role in providing these maritime connections as well as their impact on China’s trade.


Client testimony

Maersk Group has worked with Qbis on a number of impact studies in key markets, including China and India. Qbis has a good ability to engage with our business in identifying and assessing, in a fact-based and balanced way, key socio-economic indicators capturing how our businesses contribute societal value. The study outputs have been useful platforms for our businesses to engage with stakeholders, particularly on solutions to enable trade and growth by facilitating more efficient transport and logistics.

Lene Bjørn Serpa

Head of Governance and Research, Group Sustainability

A. P Moller-Maersk

Project background

The objective of the study was to better understand Maersk’s role in the context of China’s re-emergence as a global power as well as the broader contribution of maritime transport and logistics to China’s trade induced economic growth. The study quantifies and evaluates both past contributions as well as future opportunities for more economic growth, increased national competitiveness and sustainable development. It concludes that China’s maritime container transport is unique on a global scale and has contributed substantially to China’s trade-induced economic growth. It further concludes that logistics performance constitutes a barrier for China’s competitiveness and future development. Maersk has used to results to engage in dialogue with customers and Chinese government officials on how to further optimise global supply chains and secure sustainable economic growth.

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