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We put our planet first.

We believe that working in a sustainable and responsible way is essential to us building a strong business for our customers, our people and our society. Our World, Our Future is our global programme to bring sustainability into every aspect of our work. 

We are investing in the long term in our ports around the world, and so drive best practice, invest in innovation and measure and report on our progress, always seeking to go further and do more. We focus on four commitments to:

• Minimise impacts on our environment by better managing natural resources and emissions

• Invest in our people by embracing diversity, encouraging personal development and providing them with the tools to drive change

• Ensure the safety of our people and strive for zero harm at work

• Build a vibrant, secure and resilient society through strategic investment in the issues that affect our people and our industry


Sustainability Advisory Committee

We’re embedding sustainability into our business so that it becomes part of everything we do.

Our UK Sustainability Committee helps to ensure that strategies, policies and programmes are delivered in a sustainable way and that our performance is continually monitored and improved.

 It meets twice a year. The members are:

  • Alan Shaoul, Chief Financial Officer DP World in the UK (Chair)
  • Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer DP World in the UK
  • Nick Loader, Chief Operating Officer DP World in the UK
  • Julian Plescia, Head of Legal, Compliance and Sustainability DP World in the UK
  • Victoria Tobin, Head of Human Resources DP World in the UK
  • Aart Hille Ris Lambers, Head of Commercial DP World in the UK
  • Andrew Bowen, Port Operations Director DP World London Gateway
  • Steve McCrindle, Port Operations Director DP World Southampton
  • Matt Thornbur, Head of Operations DP World London Gateway

Watch our video to find out more:

DP World Global Education Programme from DP World on Vimeo.

*Please note: the Community Investment Fund is now closed for 2019*

We’re committed to our employees and our local community. We're therefore keen to support local initiatives and activities. We ay be able to provide funding for projects that meet the below criteria:

'Raising the aspirations of local youth through education specifically in engineering, IT and logistics'

Download an application form here.

DP World London Gateway is unable to support:

  • Opportunities occurring in less than four months time
  • Politically sensitive or controversial matters
  • Activities with a perceived high level of risk
  • Content featuring a maritime crisis (e.g. an incident or hijacking)
  • Content featuring traumatic violence
  • Content that impacts negatively on our brand values
  • Individual sponsorship or charity match funding
  • Team sponsorship
  • Charitable donations/ Philanthropic causes
  • and other areas that we do not feel support our goals. 

We will consider each opportunity on its merits.    

Download DP World London Gateway, Tracking Project Progress


We believe that working in a sustainable and responsible way is essential to us building a strong business for our customers, our people and our society. Our World, Our Future is our global programme to bring sustainability into every aspect of our work

We focus on four commitments to:

• Minimise impacts on our environment by better managing natural resources and emissions

• Invest in our people by embracing diversity, encouraging personal development and providing them with the tools to drive change

• Ensure the safety of our people and strive for zero harm at work

• Build a vibrant, secure and resilient society through strategic investment in the issues that affect our people and our industry

We have developed a sustainability plan for DP World London Gateway that outlines how we will deliver on these four commitments on a local level.  It considers the country and the community in which we are based and how we can have the most impact both locally and globally.

We measure our progress and report our performance to Head Office who publish our group performance. We always look for ways to innovate and improve across all our commitments. Download our sustainability plan below:

Download DP World London Gateway 2019 Sustainability Plan (PDF)

DP World London Gateway has a structured Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for the management of the environmental impacts relating to the construction and operation of the DP World London Gateway Port & Logistics Park development. Download our environmental policy below. 

Download DP World London Gateway Environmental Policy (PDF)



Beach Clean  

Saturday August 10, 2019

Make a difference; join our beach clean at Canvey Island. Avail of the free bus from Hardie Park, Stanford-le-Hope - leaving at 9.30am and returning for 2.00pm. Booking is essential as spaces are limited.  Participants must be aged 13 years or over and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.  Lunch will be provided.

Final details will be sent via email once you have registered and your place confirmed.

Please confirm everyone in your group is over 13 years old and that any under 18s will be accompanied by an adult.

Please confirm that everyone in your party will be wearing appropriate footwear (sturdy boots / walking boots) during the beach clean.

Press and media photographs and videos may be taken whilst attending this co-organised event hosted by Castle Point Motors, Thames21, Keep Britain Tidy and DP World London Gateway and shared amongst them. Please note that each of these organisations has its own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies or processing of your personal data. Some of these images may constitute personal data, in which case they may be processed only in accordance with the Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulation.

Images, videos and information collected at the event is retained, and may be shared or released for promotional, advertising, training or other such related purpose, for as long as we think it appropriate and relevant.  We may also use the images, videos and information on our website or publications.

Images or video coverage taken/gained at the event shall be used for the legitimate interest of the business of promoting the services of DP World London Gateway and may include its customers, tenants, users or those that we have a relationship with.  We may release some of the images (photos or videos) to the media including press, TV and social media. 

Please be informed that for such promotional and advertising events, the press and media may be in attendance.

You are obliged to allow our processing of your personal data as a condition of accessing the event.  You have certain rights set out in data protection law, including the right to request access to, rectification or erasure of personal data that we hold about you, as well as a right to object to, and to a restriction of our processing of, your personal data. 

If we choose to store any images on servers outside the UK, we will ensure that appropriate mechanisms are in place to protect the rights and freedoms of those people appearing in the images.

For further information about our approach to privacy, please visit our privacy policy on our website or email us directly at

Our business depends on the sea, it is the artery of global trade and its well-being is key to our future. More than ever before, the state of our Oceans are being highlighted by the world’s media. So, we have selected Oceans as an issue to highlight their importance to us all and to join hands with partners to focus attention on them.

Plastic: the facts

  • nearly half of all plastic ever manufactured has been made since 2000
  • roughly half of annual plastic production is destined for a single-use product
  • the main cause for the increase in plastic production is plastic packaging
  • 40 percent of plastic produced is packaging,used just once and then discarded
  • nearly a million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute around the world
  • plastic bottles and their lids represent 10% of all litter found in the River Thames
  • every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans
  • there may now be around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean, weighing up to 269,000 tonnes
  • over 150 plastic bottles litter each mile of UK beaches
  • 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually.

We recognize the value and need in establishing partnerships to undertake robust ocean stewardship and combat marine pollution. Our experience and expertise across our network in marine environments will contribute to ocean conservation and support our commitment to protect the ocean’s natural resources as part of our sustainability programme, ‘Our World, Our Future.

World Ocean Council

DP World has become the first company in its sector to join the World Ocean Council (WOC) as part of its leadership journey to actively engage in the protection of the world’s oceans. By becoming a member of the growing international multi-industry alliance on ‘Corporate Ocean Responsibility’, we’ll commence, enhance and advance our role as a responsible leadership company. We’re working with the WOC to promote sustainable development in ocean protection and conservation.

Ocean’s Together Fourm

At DP World London Gateway, we’ve made a commitment to be single use plastic free by 2020. 

We’ve established a taskforce of suppliers and local businesses to help reduce the amount of single-use plastic being used in their supply chains.

21 of our suppliers have already agreed to help eradicate unnecessary plastic use and are engaging with a further 23 suppliers, urging them to do the same.

We know that we can’t ‘go it alone’ when trying to make a difference on this matter, The Oceans Together Forum seeks to encourage our suppliers to make changes across their own businesses.

Castle Point Motors, an independent garage based in Benfleet, has swapped plastic seat covers for fabric ones. While Euro Car Parts, a supplier of car service parts with branches across Essex, has started delivering parts in recyclable cardboard boxes.

Forum members are also encouraging their own suppliers to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that they use.

Emma Cowper, Sustainability Manager, DP World London Gateway, said: We’re focused on improving the sustainability of all of our operations, regardless of the type, and increasing the amount of recycled and renewable material. We continue to make changes to honour our commitment to be single-use plastic free enterprise by 2020.”

Owen Draper, General Manager, Castle Point Motors, said:It takes persistence and a bit of innovative thinking to swap plastic items for alternatives, but when you weigh up the consequences for the ocean and marine life of continuing with the use of single-use plastics, it is worth the effort; it’s all part of operating a responsible business.”

Forum members:

  • Castlepoint Motors
  •  Eurotunnel
  • Clean Green
  • Gold Crest Oil
  • Ringway Jacobs
  • 727 Truck Parts and Railscape

Join the Oceans Together Forum. Contact

Get involved. Take the Plastic Free Promise.

We’re encouraging all local businesses to join us in making a Plastic Free Promise to reduce and eradicate single-use plastic from their operations.

The promise you make depends on the number of actions that you agree to take:


Four actions


Five or six actions


Seven or more actions


Reserved for businesses that have eradiated the use of single-use plastic from their supply chain.

You will receive support through the Ocean's Together Forum to help you implement your chosen changes.


Action ideas:

  • Remove all plastic cups and glasses
  • Make free tap water refills available to everyone

Sign up Make the Plastic Free Promise TODAY.



Schools Work

DP World runs a Global Education Programme. We partner with local schools to deliver an educational programme targeted at children aged 8-14 years, designed to inspire them to work in the diverse shipping, maritime and transport logistics industry.

Together with top education specialists and support from teachers, DP World has developed eight educational modules covering a range of subjects including Maths, English and Science to teach and engage young people about our trade in a fun and educational way.

The individual modules are an hour in length and fit with current curriculum topics, for example, ‘Maritime Maths’.  The sixth weekly session is a tour of the port to see how it works.

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We fundraise to support two local charities – Little Havens Children’s Hospice and Meningitis Now.

Speaking about the company’s fundraising efforts, Chris Lewis, CEO, DP World in the UK, commented:

It is a pleasure to be able to make a substantial donation to two charities that provide people with valuable support and resources. In its five years of business, DP World London Gateway has raised nearly £250,000 for local causes; we are proud to contribute to work that makes a real impact on people’s lives.”

We support Friends of Hardie Park by providing leftover food from our cafe that is then distributed to local families experiencing food poverty. 


Planet Mark

Conscious about our carbon footprint, we work with Planet Mark to lower our emissions. A Planet Mark™ report found that the port reduced its carbon emissions by 10.5% per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit container) from 2016 to 2017.   In part, this reduction has come about through trialling a fully electric shuttle carrier and prioritising use of hybrid shuttle carriers to reduce the amount of red diesel used.  While SH Pratt’s ‘Halo’ temperature - located in our Logistics Park - received Planet Mark™ accreditation having ensured a 16% reduction in carbon emissions during build.

The Planet Mark™ is an internationally-recognised and trusted sustainability certification programme recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability.

Learn more




Nature Reserve

During the development of DP World London Gateway, some areas of intermidal mudflat had to be removed in order to create the port's berths. These areas were feeding grounds for several important bird species.  So, we created mudflats at Stanford Nature Reserve and in North Kent, near Cooling to offer the wildlife an equally suitable alternative.

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United for Wildlife

Illegal trade is one of the largest threats to the survival of some of the world's most iconic species. In particular, elephant ivory, rhino horn and big cats are traded across the world in large quantities. As a major port operator, we know there's a danger that criminals will attempt to ship illegal wildlife products via our terminals. That's why we work with United for Wildlife to encourage greater cooperation between stakeholders to put an end to illegal trafficking.


Go Green

We’re proud to be part of ‘Go Green’ - an annual collaboration between the world’s leading port operators to engage with local communities in promoting environmental awareness. 

 “This environmental initiative shows how industry partnerships can create more impact. As global economies develop it is extremely important that we use natural resources wisely and we work hard to leave a legacy wherever we operate,” said DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.







We’re passionate about our local community! Our employees take part in an extensive volunteering programme. Every member of the team gives up one working day per year to assist with activities aimed at improving and benefitting the local community. These range from gardening at Little Havens Children’s Hospice, in Thundersley, to helping with mock interview days at local schools.  

In 2015, our volunteer days helped benefit 1209 people

In 2016 1,872 people benefitted

In 2017 2,000 people 

In 2018‚Äč 2,200 people


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We are proud to partner with a number of local organisations.

We’re passionate about inspiring young people to reach their potential

We support the Enthuse Partnerships that works alongside local schools to improve participation and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. The scheme aims to address skills shortages in areas such as IT and engineering that are fundamental to our industry.

To specifically improve the perception of engineering as a career path we also support The Engineering UK Robotics Challenge. The yearlong programme gets students aged 11 to 14 working together in teams to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges.

Similarly, we support the DELIVR IT virtual reality programme, run by Essex Skills Board. DELIVR IT is a free Virtual Reality (VR) experience which demonstrates the international logistics process and encourages job-seekers and students alike to consider a career in one of the fastest growing sectors in Essex.

We also partner with Career Ready, a local charity that works to equip young people for the world of work by offering mentoring, internships, masterclasses and workplace visits. We both support them financially and assist in the practical delivery of the programme.

We support the Prince's Trust ‘Get into Logistics’ programme which empowers young people to develop their job skills in this field. The programme provides a professional qualification in customer service and conflict management, CV and interview skills training and a two-week work placement.  Many of the young people that take part in the programme secure full time employment in the industry.

We care for our seafarers

We also partner with Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest, providing a Seafarers’ Centre for docking crew.  We recently (2018) upgraded these facilities. We also provide a free shuttle bus to Tilbury Seafarers' Centre. In 2018, there were 258 trips taken and 625 seafarers transported. 

We are continually working to reduce our carbon footprint. One of the ways we do this is by working with Planet Mark -  a certification programme recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability.

A Planet Mark report (undertaken in 2018) found that the port reduced its carbon emissions by 10.%% per TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit container) from 2016 to 2017.

We have also committed to certifying every new building on our Logistics Park.

SH Pratt’s Halo handling facility was the first warehouse to receive Planet Mark accreditation having ensured a 16% reduction in carbon emissions during build.

Read more here.