Since it was founded, OceanPact has promoted protection, knowledge, monitoring and above all sustainable use of the sea, coast and marine resources. All its actions are aimed at highlighting the ecosystems where OceanPact operates, the impacts caused by the inappropriate use of its resources and what can be done to preserve them.
OceanPact’s environmental, social and economic strategies are based on the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals and they are designed to promote healthy, sustainable and balanced relations between society and the sea.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
OceanPact considers the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in its activities, with emphasis on SDG 14 (Life Below Water) which we understand as our priority cause and main axis of our strategy. In addition to this, we want to:
Encouraging healthy behaviors and improving our employees’ access to health care – SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being)
Contribute to the promotion of gender equality – SDG 5 (Gender Equality)
Positively impact economic growth and employability indicators in a sustainable way – SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth);
Act to combat the advances of climate change and its impacts – SDG 13 (Climate Action);
And Contribute to sustainable development in an accessible and responsible manner for all stakeholders with whom we interact – SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).
OceanPact is a participant of the United Nations Global Compact and it has been working hard in line with its 10 principles related to human rights, work, the environment and anti-corruption. The company has also incorporated these principles into its culture, strategy and day-to-day operations.
See our latest Communication on Progress (COP). COP 2021
Pillars of Activity
OceanPact’s corporate sustainability guidelines are split into two main areas:
Focused on the following aspects of processes and operations:
Economic – Planning and implementation of efficient processes;
Social – Promotion of justice and equity for stakeholders;
Environmental – Reducing the environmental impact of operations through technology and innovation.
PRIVATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT
Support for initiatives that expand our activities and impacts on society:
Socioeconomic – Income creation in locations where the company operates;
Environmental – Urban environmental management, environmental education, culture and science projects, preservation of marine life and ocean conservation.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
A greenhouse gas emissions inventory maps the carbon emission profile of an organization. This diagnosis makes it possible to identify
the activities with the most emissions, facilitating the implementation of strategies to cut emissions.
See OceanPact’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory here
We understand that the main asset of an ethical, humane and sustainable business is people. Therefore, we constantly invest in team training and we promote diversity and inclusion.
Our main objective is for OceanPact’s workforce to increasingly reflect the composition of Brazilian society, resulting in a fair and inclusive work environment. We do this developing our team, promoting female leadership programs, also integrating our PwDs (person with a disability), who are present at all organization’s levels, among other initiatives.
There is a long way to go before this is achieved, but we are aware of the challenges and committed to continuously improving our people management indicators.
OceanPact is committed to ethical and responsible management, guided by legal, moral and diversity standards. Our management is based on the principles of transparency, equity and corporate responsibility, and they are reflected in our processes, aligned with our Code of Ethics and Conduct and respect for human rights.
Our Compliance Program has an outsourced reporting channel, which guarantees anonymity to whistleblowers and is accessible to anyone who wants to report suspected cases of fraud, corruption, harassment, discrimination, conflicts of interest or any other issue.
As a result of the maturity and robustness of its Anti-Bribery Management System, OceanPact obtained ISO 37001 certification in 2021. This international recognition attests to the existence of efficient practices to prevent bribery and corruption.
Supported projects that amplify performance and impact on Society
Instituto Mar Urbano
The Instituto Mar Urbano is a non-governmental organization that generates and shares knowledge about the marine environment, focusing on the well-being of both people and natural resources that are essential for life.
To this end, it disseminates sustainable practices, raises awareness and mobilizes society through environmental education activities and audiovisual products.
In partnership with the institute, OceanPact runs beach cleanups, holds web series and posts educational content on social networks. It also supplies products and initiatives to raise public awareness about the preservation of ecosystems, provide information and encourage responsible behavior.
Espaço Azul, based at the Z-13 Artisanal Fishing Colony Visitors’ Center in Copacabana, was opened on August 19, 2021. Its mission is to raise the awareness of passersby. Located near Copacabana Fort, a major tourist attraction, on Avenida Atlântica, close to Lifeguard Station 6, the space attracts dozens of visitors every day.
Jacques Cousteau always said that “we only preserve what we understand.” For this reason, one of the main objectives of the Instituto Mar Urbano is to bring the people of Rio closer to marine biodiversity, which is still unknown to many. Through photos, videos and conversations, at Espaço Azul it is possible to explore the marine life present around the city and also see the harm that humanity causes to this diversity every day.
Espaço Azul is designed to encourage the people of Rio to adopt a sea culture and not just a beach culture. Periodically, thematic exhibitions are held that address the diversity of local marine life and the risks it faces.
Discover Espaço Azul!
Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Guanabara Verde Project
The Guanabara Verde Project is run by NGO Guardiões do Mar in partnership with the Instituto Mar Urbano and it is funded by OceanPact. The goal is to restore 12,2 hectares of mangroves in the Guapi-Mirim Environmental Protection Area by planting 30,000 trees, and to carry out environmental education activities to spread best practices involving ocean culture and the conservation of coastal ecosystems.
The mangrove vegetation restoration and environmental education activities attend the municipalities of Magé, Guapimirim, Itaboraí and São Gonçalo. The environmental education activities are run in conjunction with the 143rd Sea Scouts Group, located in the neighborhood of Vale das Pedrinhas in Guapimirim.
OceanPact is a member of Blue Keepers, an initiative run by the Brazilian Global Compact Network to fight the dumping of plastic in rivers and oceans.
This initiative involves companies in various sectors, government authorities and civil society. They are working together to identify sources of pollution and propose measures to reduce the flow of plastic waste into the environment.
This project is aligned with the United Nation’s Ocean Decade, a key initiative for OceanPact, which covers the period between 2021 and 2030 and is directly related to UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Below Water.
OceanPact acts both in the Steering Committee, of a deliberative and normative nature, and in the Technical-Scientific Commission, proactively supporting initiatives based on technical analysis and scientific studies.