Danish shipping company Torm has become the first of its kind to join the World Ocean Council (WOC) as a founder member, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen. The council is a global, cross-sectoral industry leadership alliance on ocean sustainability and stewardship, whose members include the likes of ExxonMobil and Rio Tinto.
Torm has thereby become a member of WOC's steering committee of 20 companies and organisations, the company says in a statement. Torm further states that its membership of WOC is a natural extension of its strategy to create results in a way that is both environmentally and socially responsible.
The company's statement also makes clear that unhindered access to the world's oceans is a prerequisite for Torm to create results in the long term, and that this is best ensured by collaborating on sustainable solutions within and across the sectors that make use of the ocean space.
On the WOC website, the council writes that it is engaging many ocean industries to address the shared marine environmental issues in support of improved business operations. These include shipping, offshore oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism (cruise ships, coastal and marine), offshore renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal), submarine cables and pipelines.