The United Nations Global Compact Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business, of which Equinor is a founding patron, was launched last week on 8 June, World Oceans Day, at the UN in New York, US.
“Equinor provides energy to millions of people every day from our offshore operations around the world. As one of the world’s largest offshore operators of oil and gas and an innovator in offshore wind, ocean sustainability is at the heart of our operations and strategy. We are proud to be part of the leadership in the United Nations Global Compact action platform for sustainable oceans,” said Bjørn Otto Sverdrup, Senior Vice President for Corporate Sustainability in Equinor.
“Caring for the oceans is part of our DNA. With our background from Norway, one of the world’s leading ocean economies, we recognise that the ocean is our greatest common resource. We are inspired and guided in our activities by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and we look forward to forming new partnerships to leverage the ocean as a resource to deliver the Global Goals,” added Sverdrup.
Equinor has been a UN Global Compact signatory since its inception in 2000. The Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business is a three-year global programme bringing together business, civil society, the UN and governments to advance the ocean economy and sustainable development.
“This platform is a unique opportunity to collaborate in developing innovative approaches to progress the UN Sustainable Development agenda. Equinor’s commitment to long-term sustainable value creation is in line with the principles of the United Nation’s Global Compact,” commented Sverdrup.
Supported by the government of Norway, the action platform will develop a business leadership framework focused on the growth, innovation and sustainability of the ocean, with a specific aim to scale-up the commitments and performance of companies on this critical agenda.
The programme is part of a broader portfolio of Action Platforms introduced by the UN Global Compact to facilitate the achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Global Goals. Equinor is also participating in the action platform on Pathways to Low-Carbon and Resilient Development, to continue and deepen the company’s contributions to solving the climate challenge.
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