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


We aspire to act responsibly in all we do

DFDS aspires to act responsibly when we carry passengers and freight on our ships and provide transport and logistics solutions to manufacturers.

This includes goals for reducing our impact on the environment, keeping people and goods safe, securing jobs and good working conditions, taking social initiatives and being a diverse company as regards nationality, gender, race and age. We also act to protect our company against fraud and to communicate and engage with our stakeholders in a trustworthy manner.

This is all part of our efforts to create value for both society and our stakeholders.

Every year, we strive to make progress in our Corporate Responsibility work. We support new initiatives that benefit our environment and other stakeholder groups, as long as it is done on equal terms for all parties involved. Our investment in scrubbers demonstrates our will and ability to react efficiently to major environmental challenges in line with our The DFDS Way operating model based on continuous improvement and doings things a little better every day in all parts of our company.

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)

DFDS CR report

CR report 2015

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 CR report 2015


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