Ocean Industries, Ocean Science and Corporate Ocean Responsibility

Paul Holthus, Founding CEO and President, World Ocean Council
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
BioMed B-103

Paul Holthus is the founding President/CEO of the World Ocean Council (WOC), the international business leadership alliance on corporate ocean responsibility. The WOC brings together oil and gas, shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, offshore renewables and other ocean industries, creating an unprecedented ocean business community and private sector leadership in addressing shared marine sustainability challenges.

Mr. Holthus has worked in over 30 countries with companies, communities, industry associations, UN agencies, international non-governmental organisations and foundations. He has held senior positions with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and international environmental organisations, including serving as Deputy Director of the IUCN Global Marine Programme. Among other things, he originated the “Coral Triangle” concept, a successful large seascape approach to international sustainable ocean development.

Since 1998, Mr. Holthus has worked primarily with the private sector to develop practical solutions to ocean sustainability and responsible use challenges. He is a frequent speaker at international ocean and industry conferences. He was one of 5 people invited to be a member of the UN Secretary General’s Expert Group on Oceans for the 2012 Rio+20 conference, and is on the Advisory Committee of The Economist World Ocean Summit.

He is a graduate of the University of California and University of Hawaii, was a Fulbright scholar in Australia and is an East-West Center alum.


Ocean Industries, Ocean Science and Corporate Ocean Responsibility

The World Ocean Council (WOC) - the international business alliance on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” - brings together companies from across the sectors to develop industry leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainability, science and stewardship. WOC Members include companies from marine science and technology, seabed mining, mining, oil/gas, shipping, fishing, offshore renewables and other sectors.

Because the kinds and levels of economic activity in the ocean are growing, the private sector is an essential partner in addressing the challenges of responsible ocean use. Many companies are working to bring good science and risk assessment to understanding and addressing the impacts of their activities.

The WOC is also creating multi-industry working groups to address cross-cutting sustainability challenges, e.g. marine sound, marine invasive species, etc. – including the “Smart Ocean - Smart Industries” program, which is working to increase the number of companies sharing environmental data from baseline studies and monitoring and collecting ocean data from their vessels and platforms.