The newly-launched Sustainable Ocean Principles highlight the urgency on tackling climate change which severely impacts on the oceans, resulting to high temperatures, acidification, and pollution from land and sea.

#1 Ocean health and Productivity

  • Principle 1: Assess the short- and long-term impact of their activities on ocean health and incorporate such impacts into their strategy and policies.
  • Principle 2: Consider sustainable business opportunities that promote or contribute to restoring, protecting or maintaining ocean health and productivity and livelihoods dependent on the ocean.
  • Principle 3: Take action to prevent pollution affecting the ocean, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their operations to prevent ocean warming and acidification, and work towards a circular economy.
  • Principle 4: Plan and manage their use of and impact on marine resources and space in a manner that ensures long-term sustainability and take precautionary measures where their activities may impact vulnerable marine and coastal areas and the communities that are dependent upon them.

#2 Governance and engagement 

  • Principle 5: Engage responsibly with relevant regulatory or enforcement bodies on ocean-related laws, regulations and other frameworks.
  • Principle 6: Follow and support the development of standards and best practices that are recognized in the relevant sector or market contributing to a healthy and productive ocean and secure livelihoods.
  • Principle 7: Respect human-, labour- and indigenous peoples’ rights in the company’s oceanrelated activities, including exercise appropriate due diligence in their supply-chain, consult and engage with relevant stakeholders and communities in a timely, transparent and inclusive manner, and address identified impacts.

#3 Data and transparency 

  • Principle 8: Where appropriate, share relevant scientific data to support research on and mapping of relevance to the ocean.
  •  Principle 9: Be transparent about their ocean-related activities, impacts and dependencies in line with relevant reporting frameworks.

We, as signatories of these principles, recognize the urgency and global importance of a healthy ocean, and will take action to promote the well-being of the ocean for current and future generations

... UNGC stated.

In addition, the Principles have been welcomed by Gard, with Rolf Thore Roppestad, CEO of Gard commenting

I am proud that Gard has endorsed the Sustainable Ocean Principles of the United Nations Global Compact. As a leading marine insurer, sustainable maritime development is a fundamental part of our mission.

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