Approximately one in eight jobs in Hamburg has some connection with cargo handling at the Port of Hamburg. This means that the port and associated industries are major employers in the greater Hamburg metropolitan region. HHLA handles around three quarters of Hamburg’s container throughput or more than half of the total throughput in tonnes. The company therefore sees itself as an integral part of economic developments in the greater Hamburg metropolitan area. It is well aware of its responsibility towards society both here and at all its other sites.
HHLA engages in regular dialogue with its stakeholders.The company also promotes a number of educational projects focusing on the port and logistics.
Recognising the link between the port, logistics and the water helps us understand the global division of labour and the importance of sustainable business activities. HHLA’s support for educational projects focuses on two particular projects: “Hafen Scouts”, a joint initiative of HHLA, which teaches schoolchildren about the transport of goods around the world, how the port functions and what careers the port offers. As well as “Hafen Scouts”, the “Aqua-Agenten” project initiated by the Michael Otto Foundation is another cornerstone of HHLA’s commitment to educational projects. This project has already received multiple awards (e.g. as an official project of the UN’s World Decade “Education for Sustainable Development” and as a “Landmark in the Land of Ideas”). It takes a fun approach to teaching schoolchildren aged about eight or nine why water is important for people, nature and the economy. School classes learn about the significance of shipping and ports for world trade at HHLA’s container terminals. In the reporting year, more than 1,000 schoolchildren visited HHLA facilities as part of these education projects. Since the “Aqua-Agenten” project was launched in 2009, more than 10,000 children have been taught about the importance of water and ports.
Compliance with legal requirements and internal company guidelines is a key part of HHLA’s corporate governance policy. HHLA’s compliance system centres on a code of conduct which formulates overriding principles on relevant topics for compliance, such as conduct in the competitive environment, prevention of corruption and conflicts of interest, and how to deal with sensitive corporate information.