The local community is our people
DCT Gdańsk has published its 2020 Sustainable Development Report
Safety, care for the natural environment, our employees, and support for local communities – these have been the pillars of the sustainable development strategy implemented by DCT Gdańsk (“DCT”), the largest container terminal in the Baltic Sea. The company has published its latest Sustainable Development Report which summarises its CSR activities in 2020.
DCT first launched its inaugural Sustainable Development Report in 2018 which is aligned to the International Standard Global Reporting Initiative. To-date, it is the only container terminal in Poland that regularly publishes an annual sustainability report.
Supporting Local Communities
Albeit myriad challenges that came with the COVID-19 global pandemic, DCT has continued its undertaking of CSR initiatives for the benefit of the local communities. In 2020, due to sanitary safety requirements, it was not possible to carry out many activities in the usual manner. Nevertheless, DCT organized 20 social projects with 15 different partners during the year. Most of the initiatives were aimed at combating the pandemic, including programs to improve the mental wellbeing, physical health and safety of employees while continuing to develop their skillsets.
Within the communities, DCT worked closely with the authorities as well as other organisations to aid local segments such as medics and hospitals, children and teens. In particular, we focused on the support for senior citizens – residents of the surrounding districts – and the organization of a summer cinema on the beach in the Stogi district, which was met with great interest by the residents of the neighbouring districts and Gdańsk residents from remote parts of the city.
Taking Care of the Environment
At DCT Gdańsk, we are convinced that business objectives must be accomplished with respect for the natural environment. We have taken several initiatives resulting in a reduction of 20 000 disposable plastic bottles between 2018 and 2019 and a complete elimination of single-use plastic in 2020. DCT also purchases green electricity. The complete electrification of one of our terminals has allowed us to reduce carbon dioxide emission and supply costs by ca. 80%.
Making Health & Safety a Priority
DCT cares about safety: we have built a safety culture through organising a wide range of actions, campaigns and workshops aimed at promoting healthy, sustainable, and safe life, both at work and beyond the workplace. The company has continued upgrading and implementing procedures aimed at workplace risks reduction, and prevention of accidents and occupational diseases. In 2020 we recorded zero fatal accidents. Moreover, we carried on with appreciating safest employees-all while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.
“Running a business in line with the goals of Sustainable Development is not just a marketing action, it is an integral part of our strategy. Here at DCT, we think of our presence in Poland from a long-term perspective; we aim to do our best to be a responsible corporate citizen and a good neighbour to our local communities with whom we continuously stay in touch. As a leading player in the maritime industry, we understand our broader responsibility in spearheading sustainable development initiatives – built upon deep and thorough consideration for the social and economic impacts, the preservation of the natural environment, and the broader macroeconomic factors. Thanks to the use of new technologies, we consistently reduce our carbon footprint.” says Charles Baker, Chief Executive Officer of DCT Gdańsk.
In the report, Dominika Milion, Director of Sustainable Development at DCT Gdańsk, recaps: “DCT Gdańsk is not only about transparent business activities, efficient financial management and respect for human rights. DCT Gdańsk is also a responsibility, the meaning and role of which we understand very well. Our facilities are located near an area of exceptional natural value covered by the Natura 2000 network. Moreover, we are aware of the impact that our presence and activities may have on the local community that we want to support – after all, most of our employees live in the area. We can proudly say that the local community is our people.”
You can find the report on DCT webpage in “About DCT” or “CSR”.
Direct link: Sustainability Report
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About DCT Gdańsk
DCT Gdańsk was launched in 2007 and has a throughput capacity of 3 million TEU. The terminal handles over 600 ships annually, including 100 calls of the largest container ships in the world. In 2020, DCT Gdańsk handled over 1.9 million TEU, and on April 8, 2021, it reached 15 million TEU, in total handled since its inauguration 14 years ago.
The terminal has a significant impact on the economy; employs over 1,000 employees, of which over 50 percent. lives in Gdańsk and its vicinity. In addition, it generates over PLN 12 billion a year from VAT, excise duty and customs duties to the state budget. DCT Gdańsk also undertakes activities for the benefit of local communities, and clearly defined, measurable goals of sustainable development are an integral part of DCT’s business activities.
The terminal is owned by PSA International (40%), Polish Development Fund (30%) and IFM Global Infrastructure Fund advised by IFM Investors (30%). PSA International is a leading global port group and a trusted partner for cargo companies around the world. With flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp, PSA’s global network includes more than 50 locations in 26 countries around the world. The Polish Development Fund Group (PFR) is a group of financial institutions offering instruments for the development of enterprises, local governments, and private individuals, investing in sustainable social and economic development. IFM Investors is a global institutional fund management company worth $ 118 billion (as of March 31, 2021).