We recognise that our activities have an impact on the environment. As a service provider to high risk and specialised industries, we are committed to reducing this through action taken across our portfolio of assets and operations. The safety of our people and protection of the environment underpin our business best practices at all levels of the organisation. Our emphasis on complete commitment to our stakeholders earns us a competitive advantage in our business activities everywhere.
Leadership in health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ) practices is a core value that drives our business and sustainability tops our management agenda. In an age when environmentally motivated regulations are becoming the most important cost-driver of our industry, we undertake a proactive approach to managing HSEQ awareness, education and enforcement across our diverse global operations. Our policy of aiming for the highest achievable HSEQ standards anchors our SafeShip strategy for sustainable growth.
We aim for continuous improvement in baseline work and environmental performance, steps that are critical to validating our sustainability credentials. We believe that a culture that ensures zero injuries and a clean environment is essential to create value for customers, employees, shareholders and other stakeholders.
P&O Maritime incorporates robust and integrated management systems tailored to the requirements of our operations in diverse geographical locations and business environments. Our strategy is to stay ahead of the curve by constantly investing in clean technology and effective employee training programmes to deliver long-term performance improvements. We have achieved ISO9001:2008, ISO14001, OHSAS18001 and AS/NZ4801 certifications, and all our vessels operate in line with International Safety Management (ISM) codes. We use operational efficiency as a baseline to proactively identify opportunities that add value and service excellence, and seek to create value chain partnerships in the international maritime service industry.
Our people are our most valuable assets. We nurture, P&O’s guiding belief that employee well-being is critical to retaining top talent. We also recognise that our global reach brings diversity. As a major employer and contributor to the communities in which we operate it is important to us that we attract local talent that work with us to build a sustainable future. Our success is enhanced by the diversity of our people, who benefit from our equal opportunities policies. We take pride in the rich and diverse mix of backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, skills and knowledge that come together to embellish our business success and performance.
A business is only as strong as the community it serves. We recognise that our deep bonds with global and local societies, industry and the environment place a responsibility on our shoulders that requires an integrated response. Building sustainable value chains through strategic community investment is central to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. Our CR programmes are designed to deliver community benefit and value by supporting activities that directly serve local people. As a world class business integral to the supply chain of our customers, we act with integrity in the development of solutions for the communities where we operate. Our strategy is to respond to emerging socio-economic changes to create business value that also benefits the environment and those communities. We have Corporate Responsibility champions in each region, whose passion and commitment sustain the enduring bonds we have with our stakeholders.