Corporate Responsibility

Taking responsibility for all we do.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​DFDS is responsible for many employees, their working conditions, safety and health at work. We help to safeguard the infrastructure and supply of goods. We are responsible for our passengers’ safety, for our customers’ freight, and for operating as responsibly as possible in relation to all our stakeholders and the environment.

  • Keeping
    people safe
  • Being a
    fair employer
  • Reducing
    air emissions
  • Collaborating with stakeholders on CSR

Growing with our stakeholders

Our business is to move and connect goods and people. We have been doing so for more than 150 years. Part of the secret of our company’s longevity is a deep-seated belief in taking good care of our customers and all other stakeholders, including the environment.

DFDS’ business model revolves around the operation of ferry routes carrying freight and passengers and providing transport and logistics solutions to a diverse range of manufacturers. A large part of the solutions are carried out using the ferry route network.

In relation to the reporting of activities that fit into the umbrella of CSR, the key goals are to limit the impact of activities on the environment, keep people and goods safe, secure jobs and good working conditions, support social initiatives and be a diverse company as regards nationality, gender, race and age. We also protect our company against fraud and seek to communicate and engage with our stakeholders in a trustworthy manner at all times.

Responsible Supply Chain Management

In December 2015, DFDS joined the IMPA ACT, which is a responsible supply chain management programme. The programme has been developed by Danish Shipowners J. Lauritzen and DS Norden, the leading consultancy company GLOBAL CSR and International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA). The IMPA ACT builds on the UN Guiding Principles and expectations are fully aligned with the newest and strongest development within the field of CR. In 2016 this framework was implemented with key suppliers to DFDS. More information can be found on

See DFDS Supplier Code of Conduct (PDF)
See Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement (PDF)

DFDS CSR report

CSR report 2017

In our comprehensive report we present policies, actions, and our progress covering corporate responsibility efforts. We aim to create value for stakeholders through being a good corporate citizen and ask everyone in the company to make responsibility part of their daily working life.

Read CSR report 2017


DFDS employee in a warehouse

Member of the UN global compact

As of April 2015, DFDS joined the United Nations Global Compact. It includes a set of 10 universally accepted rules within the fields of human rights, labour, environment and anticorruption. With over 12,000 members in over 145 countries, it is the largest voluntary CSR initiative in the world.

Read about the UN Global Compact