By Ayya Lmahamad
The Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC (Port of Baku) has
been accepted as a member of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact
joining the 18 other seaports and port management companies under
the initiative of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
and adopting socially responsible policies, Azernews reports.
Through her welcome letter, UN Global Compact Executive
Director, UN Assistant Secretary-General Sanda Ojiambo has kindly
recognized and congratulated the Port of Baku on this acceptance of
participation, and highlighted the UN system's support of the
efforts of the port to embrace the ten universal principles of the
UN Global Compact and contribute to a more sustainable and
inclusive global economy.
By joining the UN Global Compact, the Port of Baku will closely
cooperate with the specialized UN Agencies in the port's ongoing
and perspective sustainability efforts to identify strategies and
actions to make the international corridors green, sustainable and
resilient in order to strengthen global connectivity.
Prior to joining the UN Global Compact, the Port of Baku's
achievements in the implementation of exemplary solutions for
digitalization, operational efficiency and sustainable development
have been also endorsed by various prominent international
In this regard, the port has become the first Green Port
(EcoPort) in the region to develop a zero-emissions 2035 Climate
Change Action Plan and received the European Seaports
Organization's EcoPort certificate in 2019, which was successfully
re-certified in 2021.
Such green initiatives of the Port of Baku promote environmental
awareness amongst the ports of the Caspian region and help
Azerbaijan reach sustainable development targets.
As of today, with more than 14,000 companies in over 160
countries, the UN Global Compact is the world's largest corporate
sustainability initiative. The UN Global Compact helps businesses
to set and fulfill their sustainability agenda by enabling them to
connect, learn, lead, communicate, and be recognized for their
progress across supply chains, industries and development areas
locally, regionally, and globally.
The Port of Baku, as a central logistics and transportation hub
of the region, formally strives to align its own operational
principals as well as influence its supply chain to adhere to
sustainable business practices, hence, contribute to the global
sustainable development agenda. The port's ambition and actions
aimed to contribute to eleven of the seventeen SDGs are formally
incorporated in its mission statement and action plans.
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