Aqaba Container Terminal releases seventh annual sustainability report

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02-08-2018
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Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), the preferred gateway to the Levant region and beyond, recently released its seventh annual sustainability report, detailing the company’s continuous and comprehensive efforts to ensure the long-term sustainability of its operations. For the sixth consecutive year, ACT’s sustainability report was certified by Boston-based Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the international independent standards organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate their impacts on issues such as climate change, human rights and corruption. ACT is the only company in Aqaba – and one of only four companies in the whole country – to issue a GRI-certified sustainability report.

The report highlights ACT’s constant care for the environment, its contribution to the local community through education and healthcare as well as its contribution to the local and the national economy of Jordan. A report of the Jordanian government dated 2014, deemed ACT the most successful public-private partnership in its category (Build-Operate-Transfer).

Since inception in 2006, the terminal’s total contributions to the national GDP amounted to JOD 653 million and 301 million to the government budget in taxes and royalties. Today, ACT’s average salary for blue collar workers is about 2.5 times higher than the average salary of workers from the private sector in Jordan and ACT’s GDP contribution per worker is almost 4.4 times higher than the national GDP per worker (2015 figures).
 
ACT’s nationalization rate of its labor force is a commendable 99.6% with only 4 international employees of a strong workforce of 1,075 employees.
 
ACT’s contribution to the community goes well beyond the fortunate employees as the company developed over the years one of the most effective corporate social responsibility strategy in the region, focused on three key areas – ensuring social wellbeing, promoting environmental protection, and empowering future generations through education. This vast program received a financial support to the tune of JD700,000 from the company and more than 30,000 man hours of dedicated support from the employees over the past 5 years.
 
In addition to promoting environmental protection outside of the Terminal, ACT is deeply committed to reducing its own environmental footprint and delivered an impressive reduction in electricity consumption by 18 percent, in waste generation by 18 percent, water intensity by 27 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent – all of which while increase its volume throughput by 6%.
 
The terminal received the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) certification of environmental compliance, with zero violations, and was recognized as the Most Sustainable Port by the Transport Arabia Excellence Award. The terminal was also nominated as finalist for Lloyds List “Best Port Operator in the South Asia, Middle East and Africa award, “HPH Environment” award and “Lloyd’s List Safety” Award.
 
Commenting on the release of the 2017 sustainability report, ACT CEO Steven Yoogalingam said, “As a strategic partner in Jordan’s national development and economic growth, we at ACT are ever-committed to serving as a model of good, responsible corporate citizenship. This is a commitment that extends far beyond our economic impact, and includes taking care of our employees, supporting local communities, and protecting the environment. Furthermore, by adhering to GRI standards for reporting and disclosure, we are also working to serve as a model of transparency that we hope will become the standard, both across the Kingdom and across our industry.”