Sheltersuit and Maersk are amplifying each other's strengths to empower local aid organizations and support people experiencing homelessness. Starting with a pilot in five Latin American countries, this joint venture provides innovative protective solutions for hard-to-reach, vulnerable communities.
Leveraging Maersk's logistic and transportation expertise we are able to distribute effectively and efficiently. Working closely with local distribution partners, we ensure the best possible outcomes for distribution in a new territory.
With this sustainable partnership, we are ultimately seeking to establish local production to create jobs and opportunities in Latin America.
It is part of our social responsibility to support a foundation like Sheltersuit, which has created a significant impact in the most vulnerable communities. Not only by delivering Sheltersuits, but creating a network to make them and in our case providing the logistical capacity to make them reach the whole world.
Robbert Van Trooijen, VP Maersk Latin America
About A.P. Moller - Maersk
A.P. Moller – Maersk, the world’s biggest shipping company, donated 990 Sheltersuits and Shelterbags to be distributed in 5 countries in Latin America.
As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries where it services more than 100.000 businesses and employs about 105,000 people.
Maersk´s purpose states: Improving life for all by integrating the world. Taking active responsibility to support the societies where they operate, is grounded in Maersk’s core values.
With this unique collaboration, we are able to improve the lives of those in need by bringing a solution that was developed in Europe to communities in Latin America.
Leveraging the expertise of Maersk
Maersk supported Sheltersuit by providing transportation on board their vessels from our production sites in South Africa and the Netherlands to Panama. From there, the 990 items were distributed to 5 countries in Latin America: Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, and Honduras.
Maersk volunteers throughout these countries worked together in a collaborative effort to coordinate the shipments and ensure these items reached the hands of those in need.
We recognise that, as a company, we have the potential to significantly impact society – both positively and negatively. That is why our ESG agenda (Environment, Social and Governance) is a priority for A.P. Moller Maersk globally.
Catherine Rinkel, Maersk Latin America
Local partners for local impact
By partnering with local help organizations and leaning on their knowledge and expertise of the local homeless situation, we were able to make sure that the Sheltersuits and Shelterbags reached those who needed them the most.
There are too many people in the world who are forced to sleep outdoors. When companies like Maersk support, many more people can be reached. Not only because of the financial help they can offer, but also because of their reputation, their network and their knowledge of the local environment.
Bas Timmer, founder of Sheltersuit
Want to know more about this project?
At Sheltersuit, we are always looking for new partnerships to support our mission. Does your company want to support us in protecting the homeless with specially designed solutions while reducing waste and creating new jobs for people with a distance to the labour force? Send me a message and let’s talk.
Director at Sheltersuit USA Foundation