The Ocean Framework The OCEAN APPROVED® Label

Evaluate the impact of your activities on the Ocean

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A Fondation de la Mer initiative

Because it interacts on all levels with humankind and with the entire planet, Fondation de la Mer offers a global and inclusive business approach to the Ocean. On the one hand, this initiative acts to improve our understanding of the Ocean by funding doctoral research grants and participating in the work of think tanks. On the other hand, it endeavours to protect the Ocean from threats by promoting and financing citizenship initiatives (e.g., Un Geste Pour la Mer, SOS Corail). At the same time, the Fondation de la Mer initiative works to mobilize key players across the board: the general public, students, and businesses.

Businesses should play a major role in preserving the Ocean while cultivating its natural riches. With the support of global consulting firm BCG and the French Ministry of the Sea, Fondation de la Mer built the Ocean Framework to support and encourage businesses in this role. A world first, this tool allows companies to identify and evaluate all of their interactions with the Ocean. Following a rigorous and comprehensive assessment, companies can then design and implement high-impact action plans, to the benefit of the Ocean, and equally so to the benefit of their own strategy.

The OCEAN APPROVED® label, based on the Ocean Framework, allows companies to enhance and make visible their commitment.

Corporate leaders committed to the Ocean, this Ocean Approved© platform is for you. You will find all the information you need for your action, the latest innovations, and discoveries. You will be able to test your knowledge, exchange freely with peers from other companies, and get in touch with Fondation de la Mer to receive support.

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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.


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.


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.


Sabine Roux de Bézieux

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

« 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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