The 1584 employees of the Antwerp Port Authority ensure the efficient and safe day-to-day operation of the port. In view of their wide-ranging responsibilities the jobs of all these colleagues varies strongly: from lockkeeper to accounting, from quay supervisor to promotional employee and from tug boat captain to crane operator. Together they work on a sustainable future of the Port of Antwerp.
The Shift helps members to make use of the global framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to map their societal ambitions.
13. Climate action
By signing the COP21 engagement letter, we commit to take voluntary action to reduce environmental and carbon footprints. We implement this by setting targets to reduce our current own GHG emissions and/or energy consumption, while also collaborating in supply chains and at sectorial levels. We agree on the need for inspirational and meaningful global action and aligned messaging. We will act as ambassadors for climate action, focusing on solutions and economic opportunities. We will help raise public awareness. We will actively manage climate risks and incorporate them in decision making — not least to realize growth opportunities. We will take steps to implement effective strategies to strengthen not only our companies’ but also societal resilience.
8. Decent work and economic growth
Almost 150,000 people are working (direct and indirect) in the Port of Antwerp. This is important for the companies, the Belgian economy and above all for the employees and their families. Keeping a high diversity and number of decent jobs therefore is essential. Furthermore the created added value of the port community is closely linked to the work carried out by all the motivated employees.
9. Innovation and infrastructure
Almost 900 companies active in the Port of Antwerp. Leading international industrial, logistic and maritime cluster.
17. Partnerships for the goals
The Port of Antwerp is convinced that cooperation between public and private partners on a local scale is the key issue in the transition towards a more sustainable port and thus the contribution to all the SDGs. Beside this cooperation is also essential on a national, international and global scale to optimise a sustainable transition of the global supply chain in which ports play an important role. The sustainable transition process of the Port of Antwerp started in 2010 also as a part of the vision: "Strong through collaboration".