Reporting according to the GRI standard

We consider transparent communication regarding our sustainability activities to be part of our corporate responsibility. In 2011, HHLA became the first maritime company to submit a declaration according to the German Sustainability Code (GSC). From that point on, we have reported yearly on the progress of our sustainability performance according to the reporting standard of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). This report is integrated into the Annual Report.

Current sustainability report

Further information on sustainability at HHLA and its activities can be found in our current sustainability report.

See the reportArchive

In September 2015, the United Nations passed Agenda 2030. It is a framework with which the international community has established a foundation for sustainable global development, consisting of 17 goals. These Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are based on economic development that takes account of social justice and the Earth’s ecological limits. All sectors of society are called on equally to play a role in achieving the goals. HHLA supports the United Nations’ SDGs, although the 17 goals are not all equally relevant for our business activities. Our focus is on five goals that are within our activities’ sphere of influence in particular: “Quality education”, “affordable and clean energy”, “humane working conditions and economic growth”, “industry, innovation and infrastructure” and “steps to protect the climate”.

Sustainable Development Goals

Protecting the health and well-being of our employees is something we do as a matter of course. Comprehensive workplace safety management and a range of measures to promote occupational health are implemented in a targeted manner. The electrification of our container terminals and the use of low-emission equipment and machinery also reduce pollutants and noise substantially.

Fields of activity:

  • Health and occupational safety

Knowledge, health, motivation and an inclusive company culture are not only important factors for the satisfaction of staff members – they are also a basic requirement for the long-term success of a company. As well as providing numerous apprenticeships every year, we offer employees a wide range of further training options. In addition, we support the Port Scouts, an education project that provides school pupils with practical knowledge about the port as a maritime industry.

Fields of activity:

  • Working world
  • Social responsibility

HHLA encourages and requires employees to treat each other fairly and with respect and, with its Group-wide Code of Conduct, opposes all forms of discrimination unambiguously. In addition to being key considerations when hiring staff, diversity and equal opportunities form the basis for career and employee development at HHLA.

Fields of activity:

  • Working world

HHLA conserves resources. Although container handling and transportation are not water-intensive activities, the consumption of fresh water is reduced through the use of water treatment plants at Container Terminals Burchardkai and Tollerort. This measure minimises the volume of waste water, as most of the treated water can be kept in circulation.

Fields of activity:

  • Climate and resource protection

Establishing environmentally friendly logistics chains is one of HHLA’s key priorities. By expanding its intermodal transport activities, the company is helping to shift traffic from roads to railways. With the increasing electrification of its container terminals and use of renewable energies, HHLA is making a significant contribution in this area.

Fields of activity:

  • Climate-friendly logistics chains
  • Climate protection and energy efficiency

The Port of Hamburg is one of the most important economic factors in northern Germany. As a hub for the international movement of goods, it plays a key role – not just for Germany, but also for Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. HHLA provides attractive workplaces, thereby making a lasting contribution to social prosperity at all of its locations.

Fields of activity:

  • Business partners
  • Added value and innovation

Intelligent innovation and state-of-the-art infrastructure are HHLA’s responses to the challenges of our time. The use of digital technologies helps us to create resource-efficient logistics processes. By expanding our inland terminals and investing extensively in locomotives and lightweight flat wagons, we are playing a key part in developing sustainable infrastructure.

Fields of activity:

  • Climate-friendly logistics chains
  • Area optimisation
  • Added value and innovation

By developing its container terminals in a way that optimises the use of space, improving air quality and reducing light emissions, HHLA has a particular impact on sustainable cities and communities. In addition, HHLA puts incentives in place that promote the use of public transport as well as cycling.

Fields of activity:

  • Area optimisation
  • Climate and resource protection
  • Social responsibility

Sustainable business practices have been embedded in the DNA of the company for a very long time. We generate electricity from fruit and food waste, use recycled building material to renovate the terminals and purify and reuse hydraulic oils. Through HHLA Pure, we also help our partners to make their logistics chains CO2-neutral. A supplier code of conduct and business partner screening tool reflect our aim to use sustainable supply chains.

Fields of activity:

  • Climate and resource protection

In order to counteract climate change, ambitious measures to reduce climate-damaging emissions are needed. By electrifying our terminal processes, using electricity from renewable energy sources and implementing a diverse range of energy-efficiency measures, we are reducing our CO2 emissions significantly. The target is to cut absolute CO2 emissions by at least 50 % by 2030 (base year: 2018). HHLA is aiming to operate on a climate-neutral basis by 2040.

Fields of activity:

  • Climate-friendly logistics chains
  • Climate protection and energy efficiency
  • Climate and resource protection

For HHLA, planning how space is used at its terminals is a key priority. The establishment of optimal traffic flows and the use of storage crane systems lead to a particularly high degree of optimal space usage. We use the space as efficiently as possible and, with our beehives at CTA, we help to maintain biodiversity.

Fields of activity:

  • Area optimisation

Compliance with corporate guidelines and the statutory provisions relevant to the company’s activities is regarded as an essential part of corporate governance at HHLA. Employees must adhere to a code of conduct that formulates overriding principles on topics such as conduct in the competitive environment, prevention of corruption and conflicts of interest, and how to deal with sensitive corporate information. Our purchasing conditions, contracts and supplier code of conduct provide security along our supply chains.

Fields of activity:

  • Business partners