Through technological developments, process optimisation and knowledge transfer, HHLA has been able to reconcile its entrepreneurial success with its responsibility towards the climate and society for many years now.


In implementing their sustainability strategy with a “Balanced Logistics” theme, HHLA is highlighting its commitment to bringing together environmental, social and economic interests.

Each is a prerequisite for the other, since the company only has the means and opportunity to invest in its employees and meet its obligations to society and the environment if it makes good returns.

HHLA sees innovation and technical excellence as crucial elements in developing sustainable solutions, being environmentally responsible and operating successfully in line with their self-image as the “gateway to the future”. Those who invest in innovative, climate-friendly technologies at an early stage achieve sustainable results faster, which is to the benefit of shareholders, customers, staff members and society.

Open dialogue with our stakeholders is essential for reconciling different interests and developing a mutual understanding. A sustainable future for logistics requires constructive contributions from all sides. Sustainable business practices must go beyond the optimisation of our own processes and technology. Forming a network with other players in the logistics field offers further potential. HHLA wants to follow this path in a purposeful, solution-oriented and harmonious way. In short, Balanced Logistics.

Our sustainability strategy

Today, HHLA connects port terminals to climate-friendly international transport chains through intermodal hinterland networks, thereby showing that sustainable business practices are firmly embedded in the company’s business model. The sustainability strategy is focused on nine areas of action. In addition to climate protection and the design of climate-friendly logistics chains, it focuses on area optimisation. HHLA intends to cut its total CO2 emissions in half by 2030, and to operate climate-neutral by 2040.

Environmentally friendly logistics chains: we create climate and environmentally friendly logistics chains.
Area optimisation: we use the limited space available for port and logistics areas as efficiently as possible.
Environment and resource protection: we reduce our environmental impact and conserve natural resources.
Climate protection and energy efficiency: we reduce our CO2 emissions through energy efficiency and innovation
Health and occupational safety: we ensure safe and fair working conditions and promote health-conscious behaviour.
Working world: we invest in vocational education and training with tailored staff development programmes.
Social responsibility: we engage in dialogue with society to discuss and provide information on topics related to port logistics.
Added value and innovation: we make an ongoing and significant contribution to added value and thus raise prosperity at all locations.
Business partners: we offer tailor-made solutions and work responsibly with our suppliers.


Successfully managing sustainability requires a company culture that is geared towards sustainability and embedded in the Group’s organisation.

Topics relevant to sustainability are the responsibility of the Chairwoman of the Executive Board. She receives direct support from the sustainability team across the Group. In all subsidiaries, there are people responsible for the three dimensions of sustainability: the environment, the economy and social involvement. Various working groups provide a forum for discussing and approving sustainability issues and measures across the Group, as well as for regularly evaluating and updating the existing stakeholder structure.

HHLA engages in regular dialogue with its stakeholders, including customers (e.g. shipping companies), customers’ customers (e.g. forwarders), employees, suppliers, potential and existing shareholders and investors, associations and institutions, research institutes, political decision makers, NGOs, local residents close to the terminals and interested members of the public. The Annual Report is an established medium that supplements this regular dialogue and takes the stakeholder groups’ interests into account.