People performance

In 2015, Maersk Drilling employed a total of 3,965 full-time-equivalent employees across the world. As an offshore drilling contractor, the majority of Maersk Drilling’s employees work offshore on our drilling units. The offshore drilling industry is still dominated by men. In 2015, 9.12% of Maersk Drilling’s employees were women.

A ‘world’ of employees

Maersk Drilling operates in 13 countries. Our employees represent different nationalities, cultures and local legislative requirements. We adhere to the Maersk Group’s Global Labour Principles to ensure that every employee throughout the world is properly treated in accordance with our standards.

At Maersk Drilling we believe that a diverse workplace increases our scope for securing our share of global talent, both onshore and offshore, and brings in different ways of thinking, which leads to better business results.



A culturally diverse and growing workplace, can pose trans-cultural challenges such as defining shared interest and common values across cultural and national borders. The question is: How does Maersk Drilling sustain organisational cohesion? We do not have the answers.

In search of answers, we began investigating the delineation of trans-cultural dimensions in the organisation; our set-up regarding clarification and alignment of expectations; qualifications and responsibility of the diverse group of employees; language barriers (including body language); the ‘just’, ‘trust’ and ‘respect’ culture; trans-cultural tools and utilisation in the organisation; and, how Maersk Drilling’s values play out in different cultural contexts.

The purpose of this trans-cultural mapping is to identify ways of improving the working environment through an improved understanding of how we can successfully tackle cultural diversity in the daily operation in order to increase operational stability and better application of human resources.

Working systematically with human rights

Maersk Drilling’s work with human rights is present in many areas of the organisation. Human rights are integrated in our global labour principles, in our anti-corruption programme, in our responsible procurement programme, and in our day-to-day human resource activities.

For Maersk Drilling, the concept of ‘human rights’, encompasses issues relating to recruitment and employment, such as discrimination, unfair labour conditions and involuntary labour. Every time Maersk Drilling prepares to enter a new market, we consider the risks of human rights violations.

Human rights risks are formally integrated into Maersk Drilling’s standard country risks assessment. This is the first step, and if it is deemed necessary, a specialised human rights risk assessment is organised on-site.

Third-party experts perform the specialised human rights risk assessment on the basis of a bespoke questionnaire and methodology of analysis developed by Maersk Drilling. The results are used to prepare a site for operations, and when the rig teams arrive, it serves input for their first local CSR plans.

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