The blue sea is the guiding principle for CMP’s activities in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The company’s CSR activities comprise the voluntary efforts that CMP is making to integrate social and environmental concerns, both in its own operations and in relation to external stakeholders.

CMP’s CSR work comprises activities which go beyond the company’s legal and contractual obligations and touch upon areas that are linked to the marine environment and shipping. CMP has produced a set of guidelines for this work, where the emphasis is on the following areas:

  • A cleaner marine environment and a cleaner environment in the ports
  • A safer life at sea, in the ports and by the shore
  • Education and training to assist those working on the sea or in shipping-related activities

Four focus areas

CMP’s CSR policy is aimed at employees, customers, shareholders and partners as well as society at large. The policy identifies four key areas, which serve as focal points for the activities: Environment, Safety, Training/Research/Competence and Social Responsibility. Through activities in these areas, CMP helps to promote long-term sustainable development for the benefit of human beings and the environment.

The practical CSR activities are managed by a project group, which evaluates proposals, and coordinates and present proposals for CMP’s activities. The project group meets four times a year and ensures that CSR issues remain on the agenda. These issues can also be addressed at the company’s regular dialogue meetings, in CMP’s M/S Progress internal target and improvement programme, and through the knowledge exchange groups which have been established in 2012. These groups have a broad membership and help to improve the exchange of knowledge among different parts of the organisation. In 2011 the focus was on the following CSR activities:

External activities

  • World Maritime University (WMU), where CMP is contributing to the training activities through a number of talks
  • Sponsorship of the Danish and Swedish sea rescue services
  • Installation and operation of an underwater camera in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University
  • Support for Søfartens Fremme, the Danish maritime administration
  • The Swedish Seamen’s Church (Swedish Church Abroad), which receives support in the form of services to the Board of Directors and accounting services 
  • Support for a 40,000 m2 bird habitat in Malmö’s North Port
  • A study of emissions from port activities in Copenhagen in collaboration with Ekologiska Rådet, a trade association
  • Evaluation of prospects for storage and distribution of liquid natural gas (LNG) at CMP. Over the longer term LNG is expected to become an alternative fuel for the shipping industry
  • Leisure activities for the crews of cruise ships calling at the port
  • Free WiFi access for crews on ships calling at the port

Internal activities

  • Staff training under CMP’s Eco Drive initiative to reduce the company’s diesel emissions 
  • Motion detectors and timers in the company’s premises to reduce energy consumption
  • Installation of particle filters in work machines to reduce emissions
  • Installation of ignition interlock devices on work machines
  • Solar panels to reduce energy use in staff buildings in Copenhagen
  • It is now a requirement that all electricity used in the company must be produced from renewable energy sources
  • Installation of an automated, GPS-guided oil boom in the oil port in Malmö
  • Evaluation of opportunities for using videoconferencing to cut down on business trips in the company

Supporting tomorrow’s maritime leaders

CMP has close ties with the World Maritime University in Malmö. During one week each year leaders from CMP give lectures to the students and arrange study trips to the ports in Copenhagen and Malmö.

The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö is a centre for higher education which attracts students from across the world who want to study for a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Maritime Safety and Environmental Management, Maritime Law and Policy, Maritime Education and Training or Shipping and Port Management. 

Since the university’s inception, the Port of Malmö has supported the education offered to students, many of whom come from developing countries. At WMU they can complete an important part of their education, which can serve as a springboard for highly qualified jobs and positions of leadership in the maritime world, and it was therefore quite natural that this important undertaking should continue when the Port of Malmö merged with the Port of Copenhagen to become CMP.

It takes 14 months to complete an M.Sc. at WMU, and during one week each year leaders from CMP provide the tuition in the form of lectures and, not least, study trips to the ports, which supplement the theoretical studies. CMP can provide practical know-how and introduce students to the many aspects involved in the leadership, planning and management of a modern port. 

WMU currently has 101 students, most of whom come from Asia, Africa and South America. The university was established to cater for young people from developing countries, but now also takes in students from other countries. Contacts with the students creates opportunities to build an important global network that can benefit CMP.

WMU was founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialised agency of the United Nations. The university therefore has the status and privileges of a UN institution in Sweden. WMU’s budget is covered by voluntary contributions from countries and companies around the world. Two M.Sc. courses are held in Shanghai and Dalian in China. WMU currently takes in about 100 students a year, with many from China, the Philippines, Nigeria, India and Indonesia.