Global operations – 
Our responsibility

In Odfjell, we aim for operational excellence and the highest service level. We care for our employees, for the environment, for our customers, for the local communities where we operate – and we do not compromise on safety.

We ship and store chemicals and liquids used to produce vital everyday products, but these chemicals can be potentially harmful if handled inappropriately. We have a great responsibility, and continue to strive for sustainability by implementing thorough Quality, Health, Safety, Security and Environment (QHSSE) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) measures for our global organization.

As a worldwide service provider, we are dependent on a sound global environment. We know that our actions have impact, and are committed to increase our sustainability measures and decrease our environmental footprints – on board and ashore.

Odfjell actively initiates and promotes a proactive QHSSE culture, and engages in global and regional CSR programs to improve sustainability. Taking care of our employees and our surroundings is at the core.

Odfjell’s overall targets embrace ambitious measures for the Company’s efforts and impact on Environment, Governance and Compliance. This is diligent work, to be continuously improved – we can always do better.

To guide our work, Odfjell has committed to the ten United Nations’ (UN) Global Compact Principles, the Sustainable Ocean Principles and a set of targets based on a campaign initiated by the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) on UN's 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). Odfjell is also a member of the ‘Getting to Zero’ coalition, a global alliance working to operate zero-emission vessels on deep-sea trades by 2030. 

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their strategy and operations by ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. This initiative sets a framework for the implementation of the principles and thereby facilitates reporting of progress with an annually published ‘Communication on Progress’. You find Odfjell’s latest Communication on Progress below under Files & Information.

CEO Kristian Mørch presented some of Odfjell’s sustainability initiatives at Bergen Chamber’s annual conference in 2018: 

UN Global Compact Sustainability in Odfjell: Our strategy


Shipping is recognized as being the most environmentally friendly way of transportation option when compared to the alternative. However, given that 90% of all goods are ...


Advanced Propulsion

To optimize efficiency, Odfjell initiated a project in 2015 to upgrade the propulsion system on 19 of our chemical tankers. The end result is a reduction of fuel consumpt...


Weather Routing

Advanced weather forecast analysis optimizes our vessels' safety and efficiency on their journeys.



Odfjell uses a Compliance Management System, which regulates the signing of policies and supports compliance training. 


Social Responsibility

Odfjell depends on its professional, competent and safety-conscious personnel. We also depend on local communities in the countries where we operate.