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CMA CGM celebrates its 40 year anniversary

40 years ago, on September 13th, 1978, Jacques R. Saadé launched the first maritime line between Marseilles and Beirut, with only one ship and 4 employees. This day marked the beginning of an extraordinary humane and entrepreneurial adventure, says an official statement.

40 years later, CMA CGM has become a recognized world leader, with 34,000 employees and a presence in more than 160 countries. 

Today headed by Rodolphe Saadé, the CMA CGM Group has become a global reference in the maritime transportation industry, and is pursuing its development around five strategic priorities:

La ‘‘Customer Centricity‘‘by creating real innovative partnerships with customers: launch of new offers like Serenity, Reeflex and Climactive, the most advanced technology for the transportation of highly sensitive fruits and vegetables by active controlled atmosphere.

The development of the Group in the maritime, logistics and in-land sectors: acquisition of a stake of 25% in CEVA to propose a complete range of services

Innovation and digitalization: ZeBox, the start-up incubator and accelerator initiated by CMA CGM, will open its doors soon in Marseilles and will welcome initiatives from all around the world

Reinforcement of human expertise combined to an agile organization.


A committed Group with strong humane and family values

CMA CGM is also a responsible Group committed to the protection of the environment. For more than 15 years now, the Group has initiated an ambitious policy in this field which already allowed for a reduction of 50% in carbon emissions by transported container per kilometer, between 2005 and 2015. The Group has set the goal of an additional 30% reduction in CO2 emissions for 2025.

As a Group with strong humane and family values, CMA CGM is committed to support fragilized children through the CMA CGM Corporate Foundation’s action. Presided by Naïla Saadé, the Corporate Foundation has been supporting more than 200 projects in France and Lebanon since its creation in 2005. 

On this anniversary day, the 34,000 employees of the CMA CGM Group, on land and on all the seas of the globe, celebrate this unique adventure and the success of a family Group that was built around four core values, which have forged its force and identity: Initiative, Boldness, Integrity and Imagination.

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