20 December 2012: The report for the World Ocean Council (WOC) meeting of Arctic industry representatives to explore creating an “Arctic Business Leadership Council” (Reykjavik, 16 September, 2012) is now available here.

In a separate event, the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) held its first ever “Informal Business Dialogue” (Reykjavik, 17 September 2013), and invited the WOC and industry representatives to provide input to the forum. WOC Members and business participants in the SDWG Business Dialogue may contact WOC for a summary of the discussions.

The WOC Arctic business meeting brought together more than 30 representatives from shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, mining, marine science/technology and other industries with Arctic interests and operations. Over two-thirds of the participating companies were non-WOC Members, several of whom joined the WOC soon after the Reykjavik meeting.

The WOC gathering created a unique opportunity for the private sector to explore how to catalyze multi-sectoral leadership and collaboration among responsible companies on the future of the Arctic. Key discussion areas included the interest of many companies in the collecting and sharing Arctic data, consistent with the WOC Smart Ocean/Smart Industries program.

Industry participants requested the WOC to follow up by engaging with companies to develop a workable set of prioritized issues and activities and determine if there is a critical mass of companies interested to collaborate on these.

WOC efforts to advance industry leadership and collaboration on responsible Arctic stewardship will continue during the WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (22-24 April, 2013, Washington, D.C.). In addition, the WOC is a Supporter of the Economist Arctic Summit (12 March 2013, Oslo).

About the Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013 (SOS 2013)

The Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013 (SOS 2013) will be hosted by the World Ocean Council, aPRIL 22-24, 2013 in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott at Metro Center and is the only international ocean business community gathering dedicated to industry leadership and collaboration in developing solutions to ocean sustainability challenges. The theme of SOS 2013 is “Oceans 2050 – The Ocean Business Community and Sustainable Seas”, a process that will continue beyond the summit through WOC themes and working groups.

The World Ocean Council acknowledges the generosity of the 2013 Sustainable Ocean Summit Sponsors: BP International, Battelle Memorial Institute, TOTAL, Ocean Conservancy, Rockefeller & Co., Heidmar, Louisbourg Seafoods and SubCtech GmbH.

To learn more about SOS 2013 and to register, click here.

About the World Ocean Council (WOC)

The WOC is the only international, cross-sectoral alliance for private sector leadership and collaboration in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. Companies and associations worldwide are distinguishing themselves as leaders in ocean sustainability and stewardship by joining the WOC.

Members to date include over 55 leadership organizations from a wide range of ocean industries: oil and gas, shipping, seafood, fisheries, mining, renewable energy, ocean technology, maritime law, marine environmental services and other areas. For the current list of WOC Members, click here.