June 8, is the date indicated in the calendar by the United Nations to celebrate the World Oceans Day with the objective of sensitizing humanity about the real importance of taking care of the oceans in our lives.
Now, more than ever, is when we must become aware and make sustainable use of the resources that the oceans offer us. Due to the many threats they face, there is a growing need to find innovative, fast and effective solutions and entities to promote them.
That is why the United Nations has established as the theme for this year “Innovation for a sustainable ocean”, in line with the Agenda 2030 on sustainable development, which seeks greater international cooperation through scientific and technological progress and thus achieve the changes that help heal and save the only possible home for human beings, planet Earth.
Overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, etc. Future generations will know an ocean very different from the present one, characterized by degradation, depletion, pollution and garbage.
The UN Global Compact for sustainable development involves governments and public and private organisations from all over the world; of these, 9,900 are companies, 1,280 Spanish, 13%, confirm from the Spanish Network.
Companies play a key role in this regard. There are certain companies whose core business is more directly linked to this objective, such as those in the agri-food and fishing sector, tourism or the construction sector. However, all companies, regardless of their sector, can take action to help save the oceans.
How can businesses contribute?
By implementing business policies and practices that prevent pollution and overexploitation of oceans and seas.
By developing a policy that respects biodiversity and marine ecosystems in the supply chain.
Implementing and certifying environmental management systems that prevent and minimize the impact of company activities on aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity.
Adopting circular economy criteria for the reduction and reuse of plastics or packaging.
Reducing the use of toxic substances and non-biodegradable materials.
In the case of construction and tourism companies, promoting sustainable urbanization of the coast and the coastline.
In the case of companies in the agri-food and fishing sectors, promoting sustainable fishing methods and the prevention of overfishing.
Investing in innovative technologies that contribute to sustainable fishing, such as the development of techniques and equipment for the release of non-target species.
Gradually reducing the use of fossil fuels in company operations, and replacing their use with renewable energy sources.
Investing in more sustainable and less carbon-intensive technologies and progressively introducing them into the company’s activities and facilities.
Including climate change mitigation and adaptation actions in its action plans.
Using the company’s products and services to promote the sustainable management of oceans and seas. For example, by investing in technologies and projects that protect marine biodiversity.
Raising awareness of the importance of ocean and sea conservation through marketing and advertising campaigns.
Supporting initiatives such as those aimed at involving governments, the general public and the private sector in the protection of marine biodiversity.
Sharing good practices related to the sustainable management of oceans and seas in the company’s activities.