One Ocean Foundation is an environmental sustainability project launched by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in 2017.

One Ocean Foundation (OOF) is an Italian initiative of international relevance set up by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda which, in 2017, its 50th anniversary year, wanted to launch an environmental sustainability project. The initiative culminated in the One Ocean Forum, the first forum in Italy on the theme of protecting the sea, held in collaboration with important university institutions and companies. Following the success of the Forum, the One Ocean Foundation was founded in February 2018.

The One Ocean Foundation was formed with the aim of accelerating solutions to ocean issues by inspiring international leaders, promoting a sustainable blue economy and improving knowledge of the oceans through ocean literacy. In this sense, In the last four years, One Ocean Foundation has been collaborating with high relevance institutions, research centers and universities.

One Ocean Forum, 2017

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Message from our President, Riccardo Bonadeo

In the past years, we have been faced with an unprecedented health and social challenge. A challenge that has forced us to radically change our lifestyle and to reflect both on how fragile we are, and on the impact we have on the planet we inhabit - the only one we have available.

We must utilize the lessons that the pandemic has taught us and exploit this new awareness to highlight another epochal issue, one that has temporarily been set aside but is deeply interconnected with the emergency we are experiencing: ocean crisis.
The ocean has an enormous impact on our lives, anything that harms it ends up harming our health. This is why the One Ocean Foundation is renewing its appeal to companies, associations, the scientific community and citizens to join a common mission to respect and protect the ocean.

Riccardo Bonadeo speaking at One Ocean Summit, Milan, 2021

While the virus may have caught us unaware, we still have the opportunity to react to the environmental and climate emergency, and to question ourselves on how each of us – as individuals and companies - can concretely play our part. Taking care of the health of our ecosystem is essential from an environmental point of view, but also a social and economic one when we consider the importance of natural resources for the development of many companies.

Economic development and environmental sustainability represent a combination that can no longer remain abstract, and which must be translated into concrete commitments. Protecting the environment also means preventing further future pandemics like the one we are experiencing, and which none of us would ever want to live through again.

“We still have the opportunity to react to the environmental and climate emergency”
Riccardo Bonadeo,
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2017 One Ocean Forum

The first forum organized in Italy on the theme of ocean protection on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Yach Club Costa Smeralda, organized in collaboration with the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and SDA Bocconi.

2018 Periplus of Italy

We organized a sailing tour with our Ambassador Mauro Pelaschier, to promote the principles of the Charta Smeralda and involve hundreds of children from sailing schools in practical activities such as beach cleanings.

2018 Legal Recognition of the Foundation
2019 Launch of the Caprera Canyon Project

The project, carried out in collaboration with different research institutes, concerns the study and protection of a submarine canyon system in Sardinia particularly rich
in biodiversity, in particular of cetaceans. The area of interest, situated in the North East of Sardinia, is called the “Canyon of Caprera” and one of the objectives of the project is to develop solid scientific data to make it an Important Marine Mammal Area (IMMAs).

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2019 Launch of Business for Ocean Sustainability

One Ocean Foundation presented its first “Business for Ocean Sustainability” research project at the World Ocean Summit in Paris.
Developed with the support of SDA Bocconi, McKinsey & Company and CSIC (Spanish National Research Council); the research analyzes the direct and indirect pressures of the industries on the ocean, identifying the contributions that businesses can make in terms of blue technologies and organizational innovations.

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2020 World Oceans Day

In this occasion we participated as supporting partner of the event, dedicated to the theme “Innovation for a sustainable ocean” where we presented the new report “Business for Ocean Sustainability - a global perspective”.

2020 B4OS: Report on the Fashion Industry

In collaboration with our institutional partners and scientific committee, we published an in-depth analysis of the Business for Ocean Sustainability report dedicated to the fashion industry.

2021 The First OOF Summit

On September 21st, One One Ocean Foundation brought together its network of partners, companies, academics and institutions at the Italian Stock Exchange in Milan to present the results of its commitment to a sustainable economic transition.

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2021 OOF Summit Young

On November 22,we gathered more than 300 young students at the first One Ocean Summit Young, held at the Piccolo Teatro Strehler in Milan, in a morning dedicated to raise awareness among young people about safeguarding the oceans and involving them in the One Ocean Young Challenge.

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2021 Ocean Disclosure Initiative

During the One Ocean Summit, we presented the Ocean Disclosure Initiative, a new innovative methodology aimed at measuring the impact of companies on the marine ecosystem. This new economic instrument is the result of the evolution of One Ocean Foundation’s multi- year research on the Blue Economy.

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