The OCEAN APPROVED® Label

Evaluate the impact of your activities on the Ocean

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The Ocean Approved label, first international label for companies dedicated to preserving the Ocean

The magnitude of recent changes in our planet’s climate system, and the current state of many aspects of this system, are without precedent in the last centuries or even millenia (IPCC, 2021).

The Ocean, the primary climate regulator, is the primary victim of global warming: warming and sea level rise, acidification, loss of oxygen, and loss of the ocean’s future effectiveness as a carbon pump. The ocean also suffers from various forms of pollution such as plastics, microplastics and chemical pollution.

Oceanic challenges, although they are intrinsically linked to climate and biodiversity issues that often accompany company transformations, remain under-addressed.

Yet all companies, regardless of their sector of activity, have a relation to the ocean and are likely to have a significant impact, whether direct or indirect: greenhouse gas emissions, garbage waste, plastics, wastewater discharge, marine resource extraction, and more.

The Ocean Approved label is based on a continuous improvement process that aims to identify the company’s impacts on the ocean, and reduce or even eliminate them.

You too can join the community of organizations taking action to protect the Ocean.

CLIMATE

The Ocean: first climate regulator.

A true thermostat for the planet, it heats up and cools down very slowly. It can store heat at 1000 times the atmospheric capacity. By absorbing 30% of the CO2 emitted by humans, the ocean also reduces greenhouse gas effects and limits atmospheric warming.

The Ocean: first victim of climate change.

The warming and acidification of oceans caused by human activity affect the thermal mechanics of our entire planet. They also cause large-scale migration of marine species, and the weakening or even the disappearance of vulnerable ecosystems.

BIODIVERSITY

The Ocean is a biodiversity reservoir.

To date, only a small part of this biodiversity is known. And yet, it is crucial to human well-being and health: it represents the primary protein source for 1 billion people, and contributes to half of all cancer treatments.

Biodiversity is in danger:

As a result of climate change, all forms of water pollution, and the unsustainable exploitation of its resources, marine biodiversity is threatened: as evidenced by the disappearance of half of our corals, and mass extinctions of fish species and marine mammal species.

ECONOMY

The world economy depends on healthy oceans.

One in two humans lives within 60 km from the sea, and 61% of global GDP is generated by activities located less than 100 km from the coast. Over 90% of world trade transits through sea and ocean routes. In France, the ocean contributes the equivalent of 14% of GDP to national wealth. Globally, the total ecosystem value of the ocean is estimated at more than $ 20,000 billion USD. Overexploitation of the oceans, climate change and loss of marine biodiversity pose a serious threat to this economic resource and to the hundreds of millions of associated jobs.

News

Sabine Roux de Bézieux

Director
Fondation de la Mer

« The sea is at the heart of our planet’s equilibrium. We all need a healthy Ocean and we can no longer delay our action. Fondation de la Mer is committed with resolve, leaning on all those who share this conviction. »

Françoise Gaill

Emeritus Director of Research
CNRS

« It is urgent for us to go beyond the international agreements of the 20th century. Our objective is for all agents, public and private, to mobilize under this global cause. The Ocean represents the geostrategic issue and challenge of this century; therefore, we must preserve it. »

Thierry Coquil

Director of Maritime Affairs
French Ministry of the Sea

« Preserving the Ocean represents much more than duty for generations to come: it’s a matter of survival. All companies play a major role in this, even those that may not directly depend on the Ocean. The Framework helps them understand, and act. »

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