OCEAN APPROVED® Label

An engaged community for a preserved ocean

The OCEAN APPROVED® label makes it possible to identify and bring together all the organizations (companies, communities) that are committed to reducing their impact on the Ocean beyond compliance with current regulations.

Based on the Ocean Framework, the OCEAN APPROVED® label enables the recognition of this commitment, and makes it visible to all their stakeholders, both local and international: customers, distributors, suppliers, partners, employees, regulators, funders and investors.

Why choose the Ocean Approved® label?

COMMITMENT

Ensure recognition of commitment and results

ANTICIPATION

Be a leader and pioneer to better anticipate market changes

MOBILISATION

Mobilise teams around visible issues

TRANSPARENCY

Commitments are controlled by independent auditors

An accessible process

The OCEAN APPROVED® label is a general and voluntary label. It was designed to be accessible to any organization (company, communities) regardless of their size, sector of activity and country of practice.

The two-level structure of the label allows any organization to enter the labelling process, regardless of its maturity in managing its impacts on the Ocean. The OCEAN APPROVED® label is part of a continuous improvement process of the organization.

Two levels of labelling are offered depending on the maturity of the company.

OCEAN APPROVED® “Committed”: Commitment of means

OCEAN APPROVED® “Advanced”: Obligation of results

The OCEAN APPROVED® label is awarded for a period of three years and is renewable.

A demanding label – Rigorous governance

The OCEAN APPROVED® label guarantees the credibility of your approach to sustainable ocean management, which is why the labeling process is very demanding.

The rules, criteria and labeling process of the OCEAN APPROVED® label take into account the 12 principles of the charter project on CSR labels (Report of the French General Direction of the Treasury – 2021).

A governance committee has been set up, its mission is to guide the work and issue an opinion on the proposals of Fondation de la Mer, owner of the Label. It brings together representatives of various stakeholders (scientists, companies, investors, ministries) and will be consulted at each significant change in the label.

To obtain the OCEAN APPROVED® label, your company’s approach, organization, and action plan will be assessed by the evaluating body of its choice.

The independent labelling committee will meet several times a year to decide whether or not to award the label on the basis of anonymized audit reports.

Auditors

Other independent third-party bodies, in the process of accreditation.

The Label Governance Committee

Aude Sinet

CSR Director
Thalgo

« The OCEAN APPROVED® label is a guarantee of the company's commitment and will represent a strong differentiator for companies in our sector. »

Dominique Moniot

Country manager
Engie - Ocean Winds

« Testing the labelling process via our Gulf of Lion floating offshore (EFGL) project was a real opportunity for Ocean Winds not only to identify, but also to challenge all the actions, innovations and parameters that we integrated into the project design to avoid and/or reduce the direct and indirect impacts of this project on the Gulf of Lion and the ocean in general. The pilot made it possible to validate that the label took into account all of our material impacts on the Ocean, and that it was adaptable for very specific and innovative activities such as ours. We will now study the possibility for the EFGL project to aim for the label as soon as it is in operation in 2023, as the label is demanding and distinguishing, and is aligned with Ocean Winds' values. »

Bruno Forest

Quality & Safety Director
Interxion

« As a leading data centre operator in Europe and worldwide, Interxion was aware of its potential impacts on the Ocean early on and sought to reduce them. We have used the Ocean Framework to structure our commitment and take concrete action. The quality of the OCEAN APPROVED® label, whether in the application, audit, or certification process, or in the high level of requirements demanded in the audit grid, testifies to the seriousness and transparency of this initiative. It concretely supports our CSR commitments by integrating us in a process of continuous improvement towards Ocean conservation, based on concrete and reliable measurement indicators. »

They have tested the labelling process

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