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Advisory Network

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“The members of the Advisory Network share the Ocean Panel’s resolve to advance a new relationship between humanity and the sea that protects the ocean and optimises its value to humankind.” — Maria Damanaki

The Advisory Network comprises more than 125 private sector, non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations across 35 countries—and it continues to grow. It brings a wider stakeholder voice to the Ocean Panel, representing not only relevant sectors to the ocean economy, but also broad regional representation.

The network is coordinated by three eminent co-chairs: Naoko Ishii, Director, Center for Global Commons / Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives of The University of Tokyo; Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever; and Maria Damanaki, former European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

The network brings together a diverse array of stakeholders to convert the Ocean Panel’s vision of a sustainable ocean economy into action. The group advises the Ocean Panel on its action agenda, disseminates and amplifies the Ocean Panel’s work, and helps implement, accelerate and scale action within their own institutions and through voluntary Action Coalitions.

Advisory Network Co-Chairs

Center for Global Commons, Institute for Future Initiatives
Chairman and Managing Director
Hindustan Unilever
Former European Commissioner For Oceans and Fisheries

Recognizing that transformative change will only come from coordinated, multi-stakeholder, scalable and accelerated initiatives, network members are forming Action Coalitions around key topics.

These Action Coalitions vary in origin, composition as well as how they drive change. In some cases, Action Coalitions are emerging from the Advisory Network in response to the work of the Ocean Panel and many of the Blue Papers and Special Reports. In other cases, the Ocean Panel is bringing political profile and government engagement to important existing efforts for accelerated and more coordinated action.

Action Coalitions consist of diverse entities from public, private, financial, research, and civil society sectors. There are industry-led initiatives, like OREAC, that is creating a toolkit and roadmap for governments to increase ocean-based renewable energy. Others are a combined effort of private sector, NGOs and IGOs, like the Blue Food Coalition and the Tourism for People and Nature Action Coalition. Other initiatives, like the Decarbonizing Shipping Action Coalition and Global Ocean Accounts Partnership, are bringing together existing initiatives under one umbrella or serving as a bridge to the Ocean Panel governments. All of them are basing their work on the Ocean Panel’s efforts.

The Ocean Panel continues to monitor this welcomed response and looks forward to seeing more action from these pioneers in the transition to a sustainable ocean economy.

Advisory Network Participants

The current list of participating organisations is detailed below. We note that this inclusive network will continue to be developed.

  • Business

  • Aeon Co. Limited
  • Aqua-Spark
  • Austral Fisheries
  • Biomar
  • Biota
  • BCI
  • Blue Oceans Partner
  • Blue-X Adventure
  • Cargill
  • Cermaq
  • Credit Suisse
  • Equinor Equity Group Holdings Limited
  • Fynd Ocean Ventures
  • G Adventures
  • Hatch
  • Hurtigruten AS
  • Iberostar
  • Inmarsat
  • Intrepid Travel
  • Katapult Ocean
  • Kongsberg
  • Metro AG
  • MOWI
  • Nissui (Nippon Suisan Kaisha)
  • OceanHub Africa
  • Odfjell
  • Orsted
  • PADI
  • Rockefeller Capital Management
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Stena Line
  • Salmones Camanchaca
  • Thai Union
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Unilever
  • Willis Towers Watson
  • Wilhelmsen
  • NGO

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • 5 Gyres
  • Aquaculture Stewardship Council
  • Blue Finance
  • Centro Desarrollo y Pesca Sustentable (CedePesca)
  • CLEAR Caribbean
  • Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Conservation International
  • Coral Reef Alliance
  • Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (CORDIO)
  • EAT
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • FishWise
  • Fauna & Flora International
  • George Washington University's International Institute of Tourism Studies
  • Global Fishing Watch
  • Global Maritime Forum
  • Global Penguin Society
  • Global Sustainable Tourism Council
  • Good Planet Foundation
  • International Collective in Support of Fish workers (ICSF)
  • International Pole and Line Foundation
  • International Seafood Sustainability Foundation
  • IUCN
  • Marine Conservation Institute
  • Marine Stewardship Council
  • Marviva
  • Millennium Institute
  • Minderoo Foundation
  • National Geographic Society
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • Ocean Energy Group
  • Ocean Impact Organization
  • Ocean Outcomes
  • Oceana
  • Oceano Azul Foundation
  • Pathfinder Foundation
  • Planet Tracker
  • Rare
  • REV Ocean
  • The Ocean Foundation
  • The Ocean Policy Research Institute
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • University of Tokyo Center for Global Commons
  • Verite
  • World Resources Institute
  • WWF International
  • IGO

  • GEF
  • African Development Bank
  • Asia Pacific-Economic Cooperation
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
  • Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
  • Indian Ocean Rim Association
  • Interamerican Development Bank
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
  • International Labour Organization
  • International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • International Renewable Energy Organization (IRENA)
  • Nordic Development Fund
  • Norwegian Seafood Council
  • Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment 
  • Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
  • Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)
  • The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea & Gulf of Aden (PERSGA)
  • UN Conference on Trade and Development
  • UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • UN Global Compact
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
  • United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)
  • Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organisation
  • Initiative

  • Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
  • Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA)
  • Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
  • Fisheries Transparency Initiative
  • Global Salmon Initiative
  • International Chamber of Shipping
  • International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA)
  • Natural Capital Coalition
  • Ocean Energy Group
  • Ocean Unite
  • Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship
  • Seafood Nutrition Partnership
  • Sustainable Ocean Alliance
  • World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers
  • Foundation

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies