About us

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Hybrid Initiative

WoMen+Sea is an initiative that combines a business and social purpose.

Its mission and business model are based on the promotion of more responsible social, environmental and governance practices in the maritime sector, particularly in sea-going operations.

The initiative provides paid consultancy services to maritime companies, colleges, governments and UN institutions (see SERVICES). It also partners with social entrepreneurs, supports development projects, (re)invests and seeks grants to upscale its social impact activities in support of its beneficiaries (see IMPACT).

Who we are

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We are a group of qualified sustainability experts with backgrounds in law, business, human resources, science and education bringing together two decades of experience working with UN organisations, governments, companies and civil society.

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WoMen+Sea brings us together to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the maritime sector and help its stakeholders anticipate, drive, and respond to changes in market demand for ESG performance.

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We work at individual, organisation, and systems levels on processes, policies and behaviours. We use design thinking, multi-stakeholder collaboration, leadership development, transformational learning, and other methods to helps clients better work with complexity and systems change.

Our story

Our work on ocean governance, sustainable fisheries and sustainable yachting opened our eyes to the importance of the maritime sector for People, Planet and Prosperity.

With a belief that seafarers have a role to play in advancing sustainable practices and that prioritizing sustainable growth is the only way to go, we started examining environmental, social and governance issues in seagoing operations. We became aware of the external and internal challenges the sector faces as it increases efforts towards sustainability.

We understood that external factors such as the fluctuations of global trade, the unlevelled playing field resulting from uneven enforcement of international regulations, and the critical need for decarbonisation are complex economic, governance and industrial challenges.

We also discovered that some persistent characteristics specific to the maritime such as a male-dominated culture, inward-looking habits, an overly traditional education, and the notion of sea-blindness act as additional barriers to speed up the transition towards sustainability.

Conscious of these challenges, and believing that investing in people, diversity, modern leadership, collaboration and transparency boosts motivation, loyalty, performance, innovation and advances modernisation and sustainability, we created Women+Sea as a hybrid initiative.

It brings together a team of multidisciplinary experts to help progressive maritime actors better integrate people development and environmental, social and governance performance into their strategy, curriculum, policies, operations and reporting and to contribute to future-proofing the sector.

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How we work

Vision
A world where seafarers and the maritime sector are custodians of our oceans.

Mission
To advance maritime sustainabilty together, at sea and onshore.

Approach
By bringing insights from other sectors, we strive to make ESG performance in the maritime a source of long-term growth in line with four Sustainable Development Goals.

Practice
Our practice brings people together to strengthen trust, enrich perspectives, enhance leadership thinking, and promote inclusion, openness, and transparency. Such practice supports co-creation, surfaces synergies, builds buy-in, and helps shape partnerships and collaborative action.

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Team

We are an international multidisciplinary team of consultants, advisers, analysts and sector specialists united by the mission of WoMen+Sea.

We share a common understanding of how sustainability benefits business, and believe in the importance of applying systems thinking to our practice. We are part of a network of 400+ sustainability practitioners that gives us access to a wide range of additional skills, knowledge and perspectives.

Partners

WoMen+Sea partners with organisations who share our mission and wish to collaborate in order to complement expertise, capabilities and geographical reach.

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