The strength of the WOC lies in its global network and connectivity. Our network of 35,000+ ocean industry stakeholders continues to grow. The breadth of our partnerships, including intergovernmental bodies, governments, business associations and foundations, NGOs and others enables us to effectively develop and advance the “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” agenda of the Ocean Business Community. In addition, the WOC is becoming formally recognized or accredited by a growing number of international organizations.
The WOC has been formally accredited by and is collaborating with a growing number of business and intergovernmental organizations in recognition of its role as the only global, multi-industry organization dedicated to ocean sustainable development, science and stewardship.
- Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) – Memorandum of Understanding
- International Seabed Authority (ISA) – Accredited Observer
- Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – Accredited to attend SBSTTAs and COPs as Observer
- International Whaling Commission (IWC) – Accredited Observer
- UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) – Accredited to attend COPs as Observer
- International Standards Organization (ISO) – Accredited liaison in the ISO Sub-Committee on Underwater acoustics
- Global Business Alliance for Sustainable Development – WOC is a member of this International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) led alliance
- Petroleum Environment Research Forum (PERF) – WOC is an Associate Member
- Group on Earth Observations (GEO) – Accredited Partner
- International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) – Official Observer
- Ocean Climate Platform – Accredited Partner
The WOC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries (DCMMIEMIRATES) in May 2016 at the Offshore Arabia Conference in Dubai.
The WOC constantly seeks new opportunities to collaborate in support of its “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” agenda to address oceans sustainability issues and stewardship.
The WOC is the voice of the Ocean Business Community with a growing number of business associations, intergovernmental bodies, government entities, foundations, NGOs and others. This continuous dialogue enables us to effectively develop and advance the “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” agenda of the ocean business community.
- International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
- International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO)
- Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI)
- European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC)
- International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC)
- International Petroleum Industry Environment and Conservation Association (IPIECA)
- International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
- International Marine Minerals Society (IMMS)
- International Association of Dredging Contractors (IADC)
- Nautical Institute
- International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA)
- International Desalination Association (IDA)
- Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI)
- Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO)
- Arctic Business Council
- U.N. Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (UN DOALOS)
- U.N. International Maritime Organization (IMO)
- U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Fisheries and Aquaculture
- U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP)
- Arctic Council
- European Commission directorates
- UNEP Regional Seas programmes
- UNEP Large Marine Ecosystem programmes