Learn more about our industry-leading Global Commitment


Committed to a sustainable future.

As a leader in the shipping industry, we are committed to making sustainability a priority — this is the foundation of our Global Commitment Program, which reflects our dedication to the environment, safety, and community and the development of best practices in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance). The program includes protecting the environment and wildlife in the communities in which we operate. GCT continues to demonstrate our responsible stewardship through innovation, densifying our existing footprints, improving our energy efficiency, investing in more efficient equipment, and decreasing overall emissions. It also means promoting local economic growth and positive impacts in the community, supporting meaningful partnerships with Indigenous Peoples and communities, and providing a safe and equitable workplace for our employees, stakeholders, and customers.

Each of the Global Container Terminals’ shareholders are signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI). IFM Investors, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) are responsible and engaged shareholders with a principled approach to managing risk and opportunities. On behalf of our owners, GCT is an effective steward and a sustainable, clean, and green investment.

Our Global Commitment ensures we challenge ourselves to continuously improve our environmental performance at every terminal, going beyond levels set by regulators. In 2014, GCT joined Green Marine, an environmental certification program for the North American Marine Industry. GCT Canada is Climate Smart certified and shows continual improvement in reducing absolute and per TEU emissions.

Global Container Terminals is honoured to operate within the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, particularly the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Tsawwassen Nations.

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Working together for something greater.

But we can’t do this alone. GCT’s collaboration with customers, port authorities, industry, community associations, Indigenous Peoples and communities, vendors, and suppliers, is what sets us apart from our peers and competitors. We don’t just implement new procedures within our facilities; we challenge our partners and customers to similarly improve their practices.

In 2017, GCT Canada was honoured with the prestigious Clean50 Top 15 Projects award for our leadership in reducing emissions from third-party trucks calling GCT Deltaport and GCT Vanterm. As the first terminal operator to pioneer truck reservation systems in North America in 2004, our innovative program smooths peak hour traffic and removes 11,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually – or the equivalent of over 2,400 cars off the road – all by reducing idling and dwell times.


As our terminals continue to expand and increase capacity, sustainability and environmentally responsible practices will remain a core focus. We are committed to supporting and protecting the communities in which we operate and already have many successful initiatives in place that are making a difference.

Learn more about GCT’s Global Commitment at GCT Canada.

Reducing truck idling and dwell times.

As leaders in the industry, we are working with our partners and stakeholders to find solutions that improve overall efficiency and operational safety. One of our key areas of focus is reducing truck idling and dwell times through the introduction of reservation systems, automated gate transactions, and night gate operations. These initiatives not only alleviate congestion, but also help to reduce noise, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollutants.

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Energy efficient innovation.

It takes a considerable about of energy to move containers and as such, electrical consumption at our terminals can be high. In order to offset the effect this might have on the environment, we have invested in technology that allows us to capture and reuse some of the energy used in daily operations. This enables us to reduce fuel usage while also reducing the emission of greenhouse gases and pollutants—even while our overall volumes are increasing.

Preserving coastal habitats.

Since so much of our business takes place near delicate coastal habitats, we try to densify our operations within our existing footprint instead of using additional land. A key part of our terminal development projects is the restoration of surrounding water and land ecosystems.

By actively participating in these initiatives, we strive to contribute to the long-term health and sustainability of coastal habitats. Our commitment to minimizing environmental impact remains a fundamental aspect of our operations.


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Safety is our first priority.

Everything we do at GCT revolves around safety and ensuring that anyone interacting with our facility is kept out of harm’s way. This approach has driven many of our innovations including the recent expansion projects at GCT Deltaport that introduced semi-automated machinery, a redesigned complex, and remote operations centres. It is our belief that safety is everyone’s responsibility and we count on our employees, workforce, stakeholders, and customers to help us uphold our high standards.

Going beyond the minimum.

When it comes to safety, we believe in doing more than just the regulatory minimum. In fact, GCT Canada is leading industry safety standards in Port of Vancouver with the support of the BCMEA and the ILWU.


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A strong community means a strong future.

We believe it is our responsibility—not only as a business but also as good neighbours—to ensure the future of generations to come. 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.

GCT is also committed to developing effective and meaningful partnerships with Indigenous communities and Indigenous-owned businesses. Together with Indigenous Peoples, local communities, Government, port authority, and supply chain partners we can build long-term, sustainable, and mutually beneficial relationships.

Our approach goes beyond just meeting the minimum 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.

Community feedback is welcomed. Please contact us via feedback@globalterminals.com for assistance.

Community Giving

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GCT Global Container Terminals is proud to support initiatives that create positive results in our communities. As part of our Global Commitment program, we are committed to supporting and protecting the communities in which we operate and already have many successful initiatives in place that are making a difference.

GCT Global Container Terminals traditionally supports community giving in areas that align with our Values and drive positive outcomes in our communities:

  • Child and Youth Sport, Education and Development
  • Health & Safety
  • Community Economic Development
  • Environment and Sustainability

Learn more about some of GCT’s recent community giving recipients:

Do you have a project, initiative, or event that aligns with advancing our communities? Please apply here.

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