How These Companies are Showing Leadership for Protecting Life Below the Water #SDG14

The Global Sourcing Council

 Share Your Success Story to Drive Action for the SDGs
Contact us to showcase your sustainable practices
transforming business and the world!


The Global Challenge
Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and the oxygen we breathe, are ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. But ocean acidification has risen 26% since the beginning of the industrial revolution, and an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter can be found on every square kilometer of ocean. Currently, 30% of the world’s fish stocks are overexploited compromising their ability to produce sustainable yields.
Your Business Opportunity
The oceans are estimated to have financial worth of US$24 trillion, including the jobs they generate in tourism, biotechnology, fishing and shipping. Given the scale of the oceans and ocean-related challenges, collaborative platforms are necessary for each actor to have an impact.

GSC Expert Webinar Featuring CDP Supply Chains Program
Wednesday, June 8th, 12:00 pm ET
This joint webinar with CDP will highlight how global companies are: Integrating CDP data into their procurement processes; Using CDP data to set targets for GHG emissions and water conservation; and Collaborating with suppliers on climate change initiatives that drive carbon and cost savings. Register Here.
Make a Difference on SDG 14
SDG 14 calls to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” Its targets address marine pollution (target 14.1), conserving, restoring marine and coastal ecosystems and building their resilience (14.2 and 14.5), minimizing acidification (14.3), ending overfishing and destructive fishing and restoring fish stocks (14.4 and 14.6), and increasing economic benefits of marine sources for developing countries, including small islands.
  Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 14
Marks and Spencer image

Boots, King of Shaves, Marks and Spencer, Unilever
Target 14.1
By the end of 2016, these four companies will stop producing items that contain plastic microbeads. Marks and Spencer reports that it has reformulated all products six months ahead of that commitment, to ensure nothing is made using microplastics. In addition, L’Oréal, Johnson & Johnson, and Reckitt Benckiser will stop making products with plastic microbeads by 2017. Learn more.
Saltwater Brewery image

Saltwater Brewery
Targets 14.1, 14.2
The Saltwater Brewery, a craft microbrewery in in Florida, US, has designed and produced biodegradable, edible, compostable beer six-pack rings, to protect marine life. The rings are made with beer-making byproducts. The Brewery says the rings do not trap marine life such as ducks, turtles and fish, nor cause them to die from ingesting plastic. The NGO PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – has awarded the Brewery its Compassionate Business Award in recognition of the invention, and advises beer drinkers to crush used cans flat and cut up plastic six-pack rings. Saltwater says its goal is to “maintain the world’s greatest wonder by giving back to the ocean,” through collaboration with Surfrider, Ocean Foundation, MOTE Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and other NGOs. Learn more.
Jet Blue
Targets 14.2, 14.5
Through a partnership with the Ocean Foundation, Jet Blue is quantifying the economic value of coastal conservation. Jet Blue says that “by attempting to attach actual dollar values to unspoiled shorelines,” it aims to strengthen interest in protecting destinations’ ecosystems and promote the economic importance of shoreline conservation. The project is part of Jet Blue’s commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative.  In another partnership, the airline works with the Surfrider Foundation to protect, preserve and clean the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Learn more.
Tiffany image

Tiffany & Co.
Target 14.2
The Tiffany & Co. Foundation opposes the removal of coral from the oceans for use in jewelry or home décor, a “simple business decision” to eliminate coral from its products and invest in efforts to protect coral reefs. The Foundation has invested over $10 million since 2000 in Mission Blue, Pew Environment Group and Oceans 5, among other organizations, to support research, preservation and management of coral reefs, and educate consumers, marine tourism providers and others of the importance of corals and marine ecosystems. Learn more.
In collaboration with Global Fishing Watch and Oceana, technology being developed by Google has the potential to stem illegal fishing, by tracking fishing vessels and mapping activity. Learn more.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
UN SDG 14 image

Our Oceans Challenge
Our Oceans Challenge (OOC) is a partner network of companies, such as KPMG, committed to generating innovative business models that promote clean and healthy oceans, through financial support as well as sharing expertise and know-how with entrepreneurs and start-ups. Learn more.
Evaluate Certification Options
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade issued a report showing that the percentage of seafood certified as sustainable has increased from 0.5% of global production in 2005, to 14% in 2015. The majority of certification schemes, however, do not address protection of worker’s rights, the groups reported.  Learn more.
Join the Sustainable Sourcing Community:
Become a GSC Member to Drive Results
Download 17/17 Prospectus

As a GSC member, you will gain global exposure for your sustainability efforts and benefit from the ability to demonstrate leadership, educate and inspire more action in sourcing, supply chains and procurement.
As part of your GSC membership, you will also have the opportunity to communicate your SDG support of the 17 Weeks / 17 SDGs initiative and sponsor the 3S Awards.
   GSC 17/17 Media Partners   
GA Institute SIG 3BL Media 2Degrees Network
Highlight your Work for Goal 14:
Apply Today for 2016 3S Awards
3S Contact Form

3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier supporting marine conservation in your supply chain? Do you know of others working to address ocean and coastal challenges?
Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director to learn how to participate in the 2016 3S (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing) Awards and Gala taking place in New York in November.
Join the Conversation and Share your SDG 14 Story: Follow GSC  

Tweet GSC1717 to share your sustainability story and highlight your support of SDG14 actions and commitments. Follow @GlobalSourcing
Like GlobalSourcingCounciil on FB

GSC LinkedIn Group

Attend an Upcoming Event on Sustainable Business and SDGs
GSCS 2016

The Global Sourcing & Cloud Summit presented by The World BPO/ITO Forum
June 13 – June 14
This exclusive executive summit is tailored for C-suite and senior decision-makers from mid to large-cap U.S. enterprise companies, currently using sourcing and cloud services or are interested in evaluating these opportunities.
As a partner of The World BPO/ITO Forum, GSC community members that qualify” will receive a complimentary pass. Register with code: VIPGSC. 
*To qualify for this VIP invitation, you must be a senior-level executive from an enterprise company that is not a BPO/ITO service/solution provider or consultant/advisory firm.
More GSC Partner Events

Industry Events on Sustainability and Business

To add your event, contact us at for listing opportunities and sponsorship packages.
More of the Latest News on SDG 14