Our Approach

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Our Approach to Sustainability

Enabling smarter trade to create a better future for everyone.

Our World, Our Future

As a global logistics leader, DP World enables smarter trade to create a better future for everyone. DP World’s ‘Our World, Our Future’ sustainability strategy guides our approach. It helps us to work in a responsible way that prioritises sustainability and impact on the people, communities and environment in which we operate.Global trade has been an enormous force for good in recent decades. But it’s increasingly clear that this growth is not without consequence – from the scale of energy required to make, move and use goods to the resource intensity of logistics and the challenges economic growth can bring. As a leading enabler of global trade, we believe we have the tools, ingenuity and drive to lead a revolution in logistics.We do this by using new smart technologies to make our operations more sustainable. In doing so, we cut energy and resource use, and create a fairer and more connected planet. The ‘Our World, Our Future’ strategy is designed to deliver responsible operations. At the same time, it prepares us for a radical shift in how business in general, and logistics in particular, respond to the great challenges of climate change, education and social inequality.

Find out more about our approach to Sustainability in our Annual Report 2022 and our ESG Report 2022

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DP World’s ‘Our World, Our Future’ strategy is split into two components which align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The first, ‘Our World’, focuses on the efforts we are making today to operate as a responsible business across seven priority areas. It is delivered through ambitious commitments, to be achieved by 2030. The second part of the strategy, ‘Our Future’, looks at the lasting legacy we will leave on our industry and society. It focuses on three areas where we can make a positive difference for future generations: Women, Education and Water. We have set out a series of pledges to be delivered by 2030.

To deliver our strategy we are working with leading organisations, partners, individuals and institutions. In 2019, we were pleased to join the UN Global Compact. We also committed to platforms at the World Economic Forum to drive collaborative steps for growth and development. And we created new initiatives with our existing partners Blue Marine Foundation, Logistics Emergency Team and IMPACT2030.

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DP World and the Jane Goodall Institute

DP World is supporting the Jane Goodall Institute's growth of Roots & Shoots in the UAE and around the world to help deliver our sustainability and impact strategy in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It is through partnerships like this that we are able to contribute significant positive impact towards SDG number 15 – “Life on Land”, and also build on the concept of SDG number 17 – “Partnerships for the Goals, to influence commitment and cooperation”.

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The Impact of Trade

The Impact of Trade: DP World Berbera

In 2016, we won a 30-year concession for the management and development of a multi-purpose port project at Berbera, Republic of Somaliland. With investment of up to $442 million, the initial phase kicked off in 2018, building a 400m quay, 250,000 m2 yard extension, and a free zone.

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The Impact of Trade: DP World Dakar

Our impact study on Senegal showed our existing terminal in Dakar supported the livelihoods of 31,000 Senegalese nationals and facilitated a 63 percent increase in imports and exports from 2010 to 2015. Our port productivity improvements drive trade and support the diversification of economies and growth.

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