Action Platform

Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business

Mobilize Businesses for a productive and healthy ocean

The UN Global Compact’s Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform convenes leading actors from business, academia, and government institutions to determine how ocean industries can advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The work of the platform also builds upon the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, which outline business responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption.

Why Sustainable Ocean Business?

The ocean is vital to the wellbeing and prosperity of humankind. To achieve the world community’s ambitions as laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals, there is a need to expand our use of the ocean to produce food, energy, raw materials and transportation. Carrying out these activities in a sustainable manner will contribute to reducing global warming and environmental degradation. Today, threats such as overfishing, marine litter and acidification have put the health of the world’s oceans in a very fragile state.

Maintaining healthy ocean environments is a fundamental precondition for business to operate in the long-term, and addressing current challenges provides a significant business opportunity.

Join the UN Global Compact Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business to:
  • Develop a Framework for Leadership for the Global Goals and the Ocean: Facilitate the development of a business leadership framework on oceans, seas and marine resources.
  • Inspire partnership and local action: Expand existing successful partnerships at the country-level and foster innovative solutions to advance the implementation of the Global Goals through ocean sustainability.
  • Engage in advocacy and public policy: Design policy advocacy toolkits on critical issues.
  • Map and gather new data: Map industry-level impact on sustainable ocean development.

Ensuring a healthy ocean provides significant opportunities for business and global economic growth.

Businesses have a shared responsibility, alongside Government and civil society, to take necessary actions to secure a healthy ocean. By contributing to its research, development and deployment capabilities and providing new products, services and business models, companies can negate harmful impacts on ocean ecosystems and contribute to their restoration.

As a resource for new growth, renewable energy, food and climate action, protecting the health of our ocean holds significant potential to support the achievement of the Global Goals. Moreover, there is broad recognition that sustainable use of the ocean must go hand in hand with Goal 14: Life Below Water.

The UN Global Compact Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business will focus on growth, innovation and sustainability, exploring how to best protect the health of the ocean. It aims to mobilize the private sector to take tangible action, make investments and form partnerships to leverage the ocean as a resource to deliver the Global Goals.

Platform Activities

The Sustainable Ocean Principles
Ocean Governance and Regulation

The Action Platform has, in consultation with more than 300 stakeholders worldwide, developed the Sustainable Ocean Principles in order to emphasize the responsibility of businesses to take necessary actions to secure a healthy and productive ocean.

Sign the Ocean principles and commit to ocean sustainability

Released in September 2018 in collaboration with DNV GL and the Stockholm Resilience Center. The working paper provides a comprehensive overview of the current multi-lateral rules and regulations for the ocean. In addition to outlining current mechanisms in place for ocean governance, the paper also identifies potential gaps in certain areas. The report will be updated for the 2020 UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon

Global Goals, Ocean Opportunities
5 Tipping Points for a Healthy and Productive Ocean

Launched in June 2019, the report outlines the linkages between a healthy, productive, and well-governed ocean and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The report further elaborates on how private sector innovation and investment, together with strong public and private governance frameworks, could exponentially increase the amount of sustainable ocean resources, including healthy food, affordable clean energy, and more efficient and lower-carbon transport.

A healthy and productive ocean can accelerate our ambitions to achieve all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals. There are five tipping points that will be key to accelerate progress: fully traceable seafood, set sail for zero, ocean electricity, mapping the ocean and zero plastic entering the ocean.


Mr. Erik Giercksky

Mr. Ignace Beguin

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    StormGeo Support Services Norway
    Gard AS Nonlife Insurance Norway
    Kongsberg Gruppen ASA General Industrials Norway
    Grieg Star Group AS Industrial Transportation Norway
    A.P. Moller - Maersk Industrial Transportation Denmark