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"On course"

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With the ‘On Course’ sustainability initiative, HHLA has defined clear targets for important tasks. In line with its tradition of responsibility and awareness, as well as its long-term business model, it sets new standards. Linked with this is the comprehensive sustainability management that can draw on colleagues throughout the whole group. They ensure realization of a wide-ranging programme that encompasses the three sectors, ecology, social issues and economy. Under these are ten action areas each backed up by objectives and group policy. Click on the sphere of activity in the following diagrams to navigate to the targets and the group policy.

ÖKOLOGIE SOZIALES ÖKONOMIE Ökologische Transportkosten Klimaschutz / Energieeffizienz Flächenschonung Naturschutz Arbeitsschutz / Gesundheitsschutz Mitarbeiterentwicklung Gesellschaftliche Verantwortung Geschäftspartner Aktionäre Wertschöpfung
Area ecology

Sphere of activity:
ecological transport chains

The CO2 emissions caused by traffic amount to about 19% of the world’s greenhouse gases. Sea traffic, which carries 95% of goods worldwide, accounts for a comparatively low 2.7% of these emissions. Ocean-going vessels show evidence of having the most climate-friendly CO2 balance per ton carried because of their enormous transport capacity. Rail traffic is seen as the ecologically most advantageous carrier on land. HHLA makes its biggest contribution to sustainability and environmental protection by linking ecological transport chains in Hamburg and Odessa with Central and Eastern Europe. Connecting ocean-going vessels with feederships, barges and rail means nothing less than the organization of exemplary multimodal transport chains. These transport chains reduce infrastructure and cause comparatively less noise and fewer accidents. Added to which is Hamburg’s advantageous location deep in the hinterland thanks to the ecological transport route formed by the River Elbe.  
 

Group policy

We are actively networking with other logistics players to create sustainable environmentally-friendly transport chains.
 

Objective

By extending its facilities and networks HHLA meets its requirement for an over-proportional increase in the use of railways in the hinterland. 

Sphere of activity:
Climate protection and energy efficiency

Scientific knowledge suggests that worldwide climate change caused by emissions of greenhouse gases is immediately connected to the use of fossil fuels for energy production. Reducing energy consumption, notably of the main energy sources used by HHLA (diesel and electricity), but also of gas and oil, helps achieve HHLA’s ecological objectives.

Group policy

We exploit all technically meaningful and economically justifiable alternatives in our sphere of influence to reduce CO2.

Objective

HHLA has set itself an objective to reduce emissions of CO2 per handled Container by the year 2020 by at least 30%, based on the year 2008.

Sphere of activity:
Conserving space

The continually growing use of land for transportation, work and housing, not only in Germany, counts as one of the biggest impacts on the environment. No natural life is possible on sealed areas, which also increase the risks of high water and flash flooding, since continuous or heavy rain cannot sink into the ground. Even more problematical are the indirect consequences. Every new container terminal on a greenfield site, for example, needs complete infrastructure connections and often means altering road systems. The density of the container storage positions on compact container terminals like the ones planned and built by HHLA render such facilities especially area-efficient. 
 

Group policy

We utilize the limited port and logistics areas as efficiently as possible.
 

Objective

In the coming years HHLA will considerably increase area productivity in their facilities within the framework of their extension scheme.

Sphere of activity:
nature conservation

Environmental protection is more than climate protection and conserving space. Other factors in our nature conservation, for example, are light and noise protection, watercourses, wastewater disposal, economical use of raw materials, reducing pollutant emissions of every sort and modern waste management. 
 

Group policy

We keep encroachment on nature as limited as possible and actively take part in nature conservation.
 

Objective

HHLA will start a programme to continually raise its recycling rate.

Area social issues

Sphere of activity:
occupational health and safety

Working in wind and weather with heavy equipment and heavy loads 360 days a year (there are five public holidays in the port), 24 hours a day, round the clock, the working conditions at HHLA’s terminals and facilities demand a lot from every individual employee. But the pressure of office work as well as many individual adversities – from sickness and handicaps to personal addictive behaviour – can all also affect and endanger health. 
 

Group policy

We ensure the safety of our own employees and external workers, provide people-friendly working conditions, and promote health-aware behaviour.
 

Objective

Through the introduction of modern occupational safety management HHLA is extending its high standard of health care.  

Sphere of activity:
HR Development

The high level of employee qualification is one of HHLA’s biggest strengths. Initial and in-service training for manual, commercial and academic professions as well as continuous employee development are of outstanding significance at HHLA, and are continually being extended.  
 

Group policy

We invest in initial vocational and in-service training and support our employees individually.
 

Objective

HHLA supports the development and extension of the Maritime Competence Centre (ma-co) to improve and raise the standard of qualification in port logistics.

Sphere of activity:
Responsibilty in the community

Companies have community responsibilities and are dependent on the community’s acceptance. As a large port and logistics company, HHLA with its central function at the heart of North German business, is often in the public eye, especially in the Hamburg metropolitan region.  Conversely HHLA needs political and public support for its operations and its investment programmes, as well as for the infrastructure these require. 
 

Group policy

We shall intensify our dialogue with the community, with widespread discussion and briefing on the subject of port logistics.
 

Policy

HHLA will systematically extend the information programme for schools and young people in the coming years.

Area economy

Sphere of activity:
business partners

Today fair dealing with all business partners, whether with customers, suppliers, investors or creditors, is a basic requirement for a company that wants to claim to be successful in the marketplace. Compliance with sustainability standards also increasingly plays a role. Omissions and mistakes in this area can quickly turn into business risks and disadvantages. 
 

group policy

We work for our customers in a solution and service-oriented way and we are a reliable partner for our suppliers.
 

Objective

HHLA strives for long-standing customer and supplier relationships.

Sphere of activity:
stockholders

As a company represented on the S-Dax, HHLA is subject to high demands on company transparency, the quality and attention to detail in publications, and also the conduct of its management.

Group policy

For our investors we are continually increasing the value of the company and making it transparent.

Objective

HHLA continually improves its investor relations management to provide comprehensive information to investors as well as the capital market.

Sphere of activity:
added value

"Added value" is the extra economic value that a company creates. In concrete terms it is the wages and salaries, taxes, dividends and interest that the company produces. A company’s added value describes the contribution that it makes to the whole added value in the economy. The higher the added value the more significant the company is for the prosperity in individual regions and the economy. 
 

Group policy

We continually provide a considerable contribution to added value, and so to the prosperity of the metropolitan region of Hamburg and all our other locations.
 

Objective

HHLA intends to increase its added value continually.