Sustainable Ocean Summit 2016

November 30, 2016 - December 2, 2016
Rotterdam, Netherlands

What the SOS 2016 Participants say about the Success of the Event…
Of the more than 200 participants at the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) 2016, 100% of respondents to the event survey reported that the SOS 2016 met or exceeded their expectations.


“I came to get an overview of trends and challenges from an industry point of view. I absolutely got what I wanted.”
“It was a very positive experience from my point of view. I got to go to a lot of conference – the best part about all of the SOS 2016 was the variety of people and their high level. (as well as the organization).”

Why the Sustainable Ocean Summit?
The SOS 2016 theme was “Ocean 2030: Sustainable Development Goals and the Ocean Business Community”.

The SOS is uniquely designed to bring together leadership companies from the diverse Ocean Business Community: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, seabed mining, tourism, renewable energy, ports, dredging, mining, submarine cables, marine science, engineering and technology, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others – as well as ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities.

Who organized the Sustainable Ocean Summit?
The SOS was organized by the World Ocean Council (WOC) – the only international business leadership alliance on Corporate Ocean Responsibility.

A steadily growing number of companies from the wide range of ocean industries worldwide are distinguishing themselves as leaders in ocean stewardship and sustainability by becoming WOC Members.

The SOS Organizing Committee included a diverse mix of leadership companies who are engaged in design and development of the event.

What was on the Sustainable Ocean Summit program?

Click here to see the Full Online Program of the SOS 2016.

Click here to see the SOS 2016 Schedule at a Glance

Click here to access the SOS 2016 Full Report.

The SOS 2016 has:

• Addressed the 2016-2030 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and what they mean for the ocean business community.
• Advanced development of SDG targets and indicators being developed with and for the Ocean Business Community via the WOC during 2016.

The SOS 2016 theme recognizes:

• The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the U.N. in 2015 to guide international economic development from 2016-2030.
• The growth of the ocean economy and the diverse ocean business community, and their contribution to the food, energy, transport, communications and other needs of society.
• The role of the ocean business community over the next 15 years, and beyond, in:
– Ensuring the health, productivity and sustainable development of the ocean.
– Advancing responsible ocean economic activity that contributes jobs, income, goods and services in support of societal needs.

Who attended the Sustainable Ocean Summit?

Click here to see the growing number of CEOs and other senior ocean industry stakeholder representatives who participate in the SOS.

SOS participants were primarily the senior management responsible for environment and sustainability in companies and industry associations from a wide range of ocean industries. Other ocean stakeholders were welcomed as well, e.g. senior representatives of international organizations, government agencies, academic/research institutions and non-government organizations.