APM Terminals is an integral part of many local communities. Understanding and managing local social, environmental and economic impacts is a key component of APM Terminals’ license to operate.
As we become more engaged, particularly in emerging markets where the socio-economic impacts of new investments can be considerable, this principle has become even more important. The presence of terminals can become a significant positive influence through the introduction of new technologies, employment and educational opportunities, implementation of global safety, health and operating standards, increased tax revenue, economic expansion through employment and payments to local suppliers.
In recognition of the importance of local communities, we introduced a set of Community Investment Guidelines in 2012. These guidelines help us to direct local investments in line with our three strategic areas:
1. Supporting safety in our surrounding communities
2. Health promotion and awareness
3. Education and training programs
These principles help us to make real positive impacts as a result of our investments, as demonstrated in Monrovia, Liberia, where APM Terminals has collaborated with partners and a local NGO to invest in education through the construction of a new school for disadvantaged local children.