APM Terminals aspires to unlock growth for society and our business. We are driven to reduce barriers to trade, to invest in education and improve our social and environmental performance. We approach sustainability from three angles – economic, environmental and social – striving to create value on all three fronts. We are committed to the UN Global Compact’s Principles, and to mitigate our most material environmental and social risks in our businesses and in the communities that surround our businesses globally. 

Sustainable port development 
We design sustainability and optimized safety performance into our terminals and other operations from initial concept to operational implementation. Striving for the best possible outcome for our business and society means taking into account our interaction with communities and the natural environment . We aim to avoid, reduce or mitigate potential negative impacts and we manage this through a process called Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). 


Operational effectiveness 
Operational effectiveness initiatives deliver a social or environmental benefit; through reducing our resource use, waste and emissions, or by improving employee working conditions, health care and education. Such initiatives help us to become more efficient and effective in our operations.

Investment in society 
We invest in society through financial donations, staff time, equipment and free container-handling services in case of emergencies. These initiatives are long-term, mutually beneficial investments that help us engage our local communities, helping them become more resilient, and fostering socio-economic development.

Maasvlakte II
APM Terminals Maasvlakte II (MVII) in the Rotterdam harbor is a prime example of a low impact facility, setting new standards in our industry in terms of automation, safety and environmental impact. MVII was built on a foundation of recycled materials including 20,000 concrete blocks from Maasvlakte’s block dam, weighing 43 tons each and 2 million tons of quarry stone from the old seawall. Having officially opened in April 2015, it illustrates our commitment as the world’s first terminal that uses fully automated cranes and cargo-handling equipment, significantly reducing risk of accident or injury to the terminal workforce. MVII is the world’s first zero-emissions terminal, operating exclusively on renewable energy from on- and offshore wind farms to power its quay and yard cranes, as well as 62 battery-powered Lift-Automatic Guided Vehicles that transport containers between the quay and the yard. MVII  also utilises 35 Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicles to transport personnel throughout the facility. 

To learn more download our 2015 sustainability report

We are part of the Logistics Emergency Team

The Logistic Emergency Teams (LET) is  a partnership between the UN World Food Programme, Maersk Group, UPS and Agility, facilitated by the World Economic Forum.

In the event of a large scale natural disaster, LET provides emergency support in the form of logistics.