The United Nations Global Compact will launch the Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform on 8 June for World Oceans Day. The long-term health of the ocean is vital to ensuring societal well-being. The world’s ocean is our greatest common resource with a significant potential to create more sustainable food, energy, minerals and transport for a growing world population while also contributing to the achievement of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Yet threats such as overfishing, marine litter and acidification have put the health of the world’s ocean in a very fragile state. This meeting will focus on the global scope and ambitions of the Action Platform as we begin to develop a business leadership framework for ocean, sea and marine resources.