In 2013, we achieved further progress in the fourth quadrant of our corporate responsibility strategy. For the third consecutive year, we jointly convened the international public-private Counter-Piracy Conference with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this year also bringing in Abu Dhabi Ports Company. The theme this year was “Countering Maritime Piracy: Continued Efforts for Regional Capacity Building”.
The regions and business units also worked to promote DP World as a thought leader and connect with key trade associations. Business units are members of local chambers of commerce and industry confederations. In India for example, we are part of the Confederation of Indian Industries. In Canada, we are a member of the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce, BC Wharf Operators Association and Association of Canadian Ports. Our business unit in Argentina also launched its first sustainability report under Global Reporting Index guidelines to be distributed to key stakeholders. This document will also be presented to the United Nations Global Compact as part of their third communication on progress.
The marketplace quadrant links directly with our global strategy, in particular the customer and operational strategic priorities as we work with customers and suppliers to ensure responsible business operations. We are committed to conducting business with ethical and socially responsible suppliers and integrating principles and practices of sustainability and responsibility into the procurement of goods, services and construction activities. Suppliers with contract values over $100 million are requested to submit information on corporate responsibility credentials and policies.
In 2014, we aim to work with suppliers to understand common corporate responsibility standards and identify ways in which we can work together to ensure a sustainable and responsible supply chain. We will also look to our customers and their strong corporate responsibility programmes to identify opportunities for future co-operation.
“THE BATTLE AGAINST PIRACY MUST CONTINUE UNTIL THERE ARE NO SEAFARERS HELD OR HURT AND NO ATTACKS ON VESSELS MADE.”Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem Chairman