As the health of the marine environment declines and the marine environment is subject to increasing commercial use, ocean industries have much to gain by developing and delivering solutions to sustainability and much to lose if they continue to be perceived only as the cause of ocean problems. However, balanced, comprehensive information on industry efforts to address marine environmental issues is often absent. Therefore, a cross-sectoral ocean business community of leadership and collaboration is needed to address marine environmental issues, differentiate good performers, create collaboration with like-minded companies within and across sectors, and engage ocean stakeholders and policy processes. Serving as a platform for the ocean business community, the World Ocean Council (WOC) is committed to catalyzing international ocean business leadership and collaboration. So far the WOC has achieved tremendous progress in ocean sustainable environment: an increasing number and range of ocean industry companies from around the world are distinguishing themselves as leaders in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” by joining the WOC in support of a safe, sustainable Blue Economy.
This article was originally the conference paper for Silk Road Forum 2016 and has been granted authorization to use by World Ocean Council.
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