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World Oceans Day 2022


The UN’s World Oceans Day brings together governments, companies and individuals around the world to promote awareness of the challenges facing our oceans and spotlight innovative solutions to them.

This year’s theme – ‘Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean’ – recognises the importance of the ocean’s health and how we need to work together to create a new balance that sustains, rather than depletes, it.

Why the ocean matters

Oceans cover around 70% of the earth’s surface. They provide us with myriad services, ranging from food and jobs to coastal protection and climate regulation. Case in point, it’s estimated that the ocean captures almost 30% of the CO2 emitted by human activities and thus plays a critical role in the solution to the climate crisis.[1] A healthy ocean quite literally means a healthy planet.

However, the ocean is under threat, driven by climate change, plastic pollution and overfishing. The effects are palpable: between 2009 and 2019, 14% of the world’s corals died while fish populations continue to decline at an alarming rate.[2]

What we’re doing to help

At BNP Paribas Asset Management, we want to use our investments as a force for good. This means we:

  • Integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations across our strategies
  • Practice stewardship through shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy activities
  • Apply responsible business conduct policies and product-based exclusions
  • Focus on key sustainability issues including energy, equality and the environment
  • Promote awareness about the role finance can play in achieving a more sustainable world

For more specific activities and initiatives, please see “BNP Paribas’ commitment to the blue economy is strong and concrete”.

How you can help

By allocating capital towards sustainable strategies or those that seek to effect change, investors can target attractive financial returns while making a positive contribution to the environment, society or both.

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[1] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2020

[2] Australian Institute of Marine Science, 2021

[3]2021 Sustainability Report, BNP Paribas Asset Management, 2022


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