ITOPF has joined the World Ocean Council (WOC) an international, cross-sectoral alliance for private sector leadership and collaboration in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. ITOPF is particularly interested to link with WOC’s work to catalyse circumpolar, multi-industry collaboration on responsible Arctic activities.
Dr. Karen Purnell, ITOPF Managing Director said, “With our remit as a not-for-profit organisation established by the world's shipowners to promote an effective response to marine spills of oil, chemicals and other hazardous substances, this fits well with the WOC mission to create cross-sectoral industry leadership and collaboration on marine environmental challenges”.
“While our remit is global, we are especially interested to engage with leadership companies through the WOC to further progress an ‘Arctic Business Leadership Council’ in order to help ensure the safe and responsible activities in the Arctic”, she added.
Dr Tim Lunel, Support & Development Director at ITOPF will be co-chairing and presenting in a special Arctic session at the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS 2013), 22-24 April, 2013, Washington D.C. In this session WOC will continue to advance the effectiveness of the “Arctic Business Leadership Council”.
The SOS 2103 Arctic session will build on the WOC “Arctic Business Leadership Council” workshop (Reykjavik, 16 September, 2012) that brought together more than 30 representatives from shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, mining, marine science/technology and other industries. These companies also participated in the Arctic Council’s first ever “Informal Business Dialogue” convened by its Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) (Reykjavik, 17 September 2013).
At the SOS 2013, companies will further explore how to mobilise multi-sectoral leadership and collaboration among responsible companies on the future of the Arctic.