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    Transcending Boundaries: Maersk on the need to reduce the barriers to global trade


    In the latest perspective in our Transcending Boundaries series, Signe Bruun Jensen, Global Head of Sustainability, Maersk Line, makes the case for the reduction of trade barriers in order to increase global trade and catalyse developing economies.

    Signe outlines the various obstacles that are hampering global trade, including poor infrastructure, supply chain inefficiencies and corruption. She argues that in order to reduce these, we need combined efforts by port authorities, terminal operators and shipping lines. Signe states “we must do everything we can to lift these barriers”, and in the year where the world convenes to agree on the SDGs, there is no better time to act than now.

    Signe Bruun Jensen is Global Head of Sustainability for Maersk Line responsible for reducing Maersk Line’s exposure to operational, reputational and financial risk from sustainability issues as well as developing new commercial opportunities and business models for sustainable, profitable growth. Signe also serves as Trustee and Board Member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and represents Maersk Line on the CSR Committee of the Danish Shipowners’ Association and within the Confederation of Danish Industry’s Sustainability Network.

    Prior to joining the A.P. Møller – Maersk in 2011, Signe served as Special Advisor on Climate Change to Danish Minister and COP15 President Connie Hedegaard, focusing on international climate diplomacy in the context of the United Nations climate treaty negotiations. She has also spent several years in Brussels working as an analyst and consultant to the EU institutions specializing in EU – Asia relations. Signe holds an M.A. (Honors) in Chinese from the University of Edinburgh.

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