As an owner and supplier of critical infrastructure, we believe it is our duty to make a positive contribution to society. We recognise that to deliver competitive returns to our shareholders, sustainable value to our customers and opportunities for our employees, Global Ports has to operate with the utmost integrity and behave in a responsible way, consistent with the broader interests of society.
We consider the core components of Corporate Responsibility (CR) of Environment, Society and Governance as fundamental to the Group’s future success and not mere additions to how we operate. As such, CR has an essential place in our strategy and is a vital part of our value proposition. Our CR approach aims to embed and reinforce our industry leadership position and corporate reputation and is in line with the Group’s values.
We believe that actively addressing ESG priorities helps to strengthen the business and improve corporate resilience. The impact of the pandemic crisis has led to a heightened focus on all aspects of Corporate Responsibility, especially Safety. The effectiveness of the Group’s pandemic response in 2020 in part reflects the work undertaken to improve all aspects of our corporate responsibility agenda.
We are deeply committed to being a responsible organisation and an active participant in the community, which means ensuring responsible environmental stewardship, promoting safe working conditions for our employees, supporting our local communities and creating long-term economic value for all our stakeholders.
The importance of ESG has risen dramatically in the eyes of customers, investors, media and markets — and rightly so given today’s climate change challenge and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the sustainability reporting landscape is evolving rapidly, and we recognize that when it comes to reporting, we, like other companies, are on a long journey. As we develop our Sustainability Approach, our intention is to ensure that our reporting is kept at a level that we deem appropriate for the Group and also useful for our stakeholders.