global terminal sustainability

The Global Commitment

Where tomorrow arrives today.

As a leader in the shipping industry, we are committed to making sustainability a priority. This includes protecting the environment and wildlife in the communities in which we operate, investing in more efficient equipment, promoting local economical growth, and of course, providing a safe work place for all of our employees, stakeholders, and customers.

As a signatory to the United Nations backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI), our shareholder Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), is a responsible and engaged shareholder with a principled approach to managing risk and opportunities. Through GCT, OTPP is an effective steward of owning a “clean and green” investment.

A green partnership.

In Q4 2014, GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. joined Green Marine, a voluntary environmental certification program for the North American Marine Industry. In early 2015, GCT officially completed the certification process for all four terminals, including GCT New York. As the only member to individually certify all its facilities, GCT scored among the highest marks awarded to a first time participant.

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gct sustainability practices

Working together for something greater.

Our collaboration with customers, port authorities, industry and community associations, vendors, and suppliers is what sets us apart from our peers and competitors. We don’t just implement new procedures within our own facilities, we challenge our partners and customers to similarly improve their operations.

Our Environmental Policy

As GCT New York continues to expand and increase capacity, sustainability and environmentally responsible practices will remain a core focus, both locally and globally. We are committed to supporting and protecting the communities in which we operate and have many successful initiatives in place at GCT New York that are already making a difference.

Our Social Responsibility


A strong community means a strong future.

We believe it is our responsibility—not only as a business but also as good citizens—to ensure the future of generations to come. And while we are a global company, we are committed to strengthening the local communities in which we operate and enriching the lives of those who live there—many of whom are employees of GCT. Our many initiatives include buying and hiring locally, participating in charitable events, and protecting the surrounding environment and wildlife.

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Our approach goes beyond just meeting the minimum legal regulations. We are continually pushing ourselves to proactively find ways to do things better like reducing fuel consumption and emissions, using resources wisely, and reducing our environmental footprint—all while maintaining our economic competitiveness.