human rights

Mercuria is committed to protecting the wellbeing of its employees and the wider community. The company’s leadership works tirelessly to ensure that Mercuria’s businesses operate to their fullest potential while maintaining a culture of integrity and protecting the welfare of its employees. Mercuria also considers the welfare of others involved in its supply chains and operations.

At this time of innovation and development, Mercuria is taking the time to consider the implications of how it can transition to a greener world in a way that improves both the climate and social issues. 

Mercuria is aware of the potential for human rights violations in certain industries and is committed to working with its suppliers and partners to address these issues.

Mercuria conducts its business in a way that is respectful of the cultural heritage, customs, and rights of the communities located near its operations. The company never conducts its business in a way that causes or contributes to a violation of human rights.

Mercuria’s approach to human rights is aligned with international standards, including the UN’s Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on Business and Human Rights and the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. This approach is embedded in Mercuria’s policies and processes and is applicable to all employees and stakeholders.

Wherever possible, Mercuria’s leadership engages with NGOs and other stakeholders to ensure that the company is incorporating their perspectives into its processes.

Anti-slavery & human trafficking

Modern slavery is a serious crime that involves the exploitation of people for profit. It can take many forms, including forced labour, human trafficking, and debt bondage. Mercuria has a zero-tolerance policy for modern slavery and is committed to combating it in all its forms.

As part of its commitment to combating modern slavery, Mercuria has implemented a number of procedures and policies. These include:

  • Conducting due diligence on all potential and existing business investments and acquisitions.
  • Conducting due diligence on business partners, suppliers, and consumers.
  • Including contractual provisions in its contracts that require compliance with anti-slavery laws.
  • Having various policies applicable to staff that relate to compliance with anti-slavery laws.

All Mercuria employees are required to be familiar with and comply with the company’s position on modern slavery and human trafficking.

Mercuria is committed to working with its stakeholders to combat modern slavery. The company believes that it is important to raise awareness of the issue and to work together to find solutions.

Public people commitments


Minerva Bunkering’s fleet management division MM Marine, in its role as a leader in promoting positive evolution in the maritime industry, has joined more than 300 companies and organizations in signing the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change. Managing and operating one of the world’s largest and most modern fleets dedicated to bunkering service, and employing more than 500 mariners, MM Marine has a responsibility to help ensure that the crew change crisis that resulted from COVID-19 is resolved as soon and effectively as possible.

The declaration defines four principal steps to facilitate crew changes and keep global supply chains functioning:

  • Recognize seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to COVID-19 vaccines
  • Establish and implement gold standard health protocols based on existing best practices
  • Increase collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes
  • Ensure air connectivity between key maritime hubs for seafarers

The crew change crisis resulted from the inability for personnel to be rotated on and off ships during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to minimize the number of crew personnel being changed at any one time to maintain continuity of knowledge aboard our vessels. While the travel restrictions from COVID-19 have mostly been lifted, it has taken some time to catch up from the disruption it caused.

Minerva Bunkering is committed to the health and well- being of our team and to improving the quality of life for all crew working across the shipping industry. The integral role that seafarers play in facilitating global trade has never been more important. The Neptune Declaration represents a call to action and addresses some of the most pressing challenges facing seafarers during the current era of COVID-19 restrictions and this is a call Minerva is stepping up to help answer.

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