The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) will host the first large-scale convening of the CGI Oceans Action Network to drive cross-sector action focused on ocean conservation and sustainability around the world.

The meeting will take place in Boston, Massachusetts on March 13, 2015, building on the ongoing efforts of the CGI Oceans Action Network to identify opportunities for action related to ocean and fisheries health, regional economic development, and corporate profitability. This working meeting will convene CGI Oceans Action Network members and other key leaders to develop concrete commitments that scale the successes of this community and maximize impact around the world through cross-sector, cooperative action.




Friday March 13

9:30 AM–10:30 AM

Networking Event
Welcome Remarks
Driving Multi-Stakeholder Solutions

10:45 AM–12:45 PM

Working Sessions
3 Simultaneous

12:45 PM–1:45 PM

Networking Event
Networking Lunch

2:00 PM–4:00 PM

Working Sessions
3 Simultaneous

4:00 PM–5:00 PM

Networking Event
Closing Remarks & Cocktail Reception



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Boston, Massachusetts 02116
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A Commitment to Action—the defining feature of CGI—is a plan for addressing a significant global challenge.

A commitment is a detailed proposal that includes clear and measurable objectives, a timeline and budget, and outlines the key steps required to achieve success. Commitments can be small or large, financial or non-monetary, and philanthropic or core business-related. Many commitments leverage new resources through cross-sector partnerships, with commitment-makers combining efforts to expand their impact. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,100 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

CGI supports the development of commitments by facilitating dialogue, providing opportunities to identify partners, and communicating results. CGI serves as a catalyst for action, but does not engage in the actual implementation of commitments.

Every commitment must meet three basic criteria:

New: A CGI commitment must present a new idea or approach to a major challenge. While ongoing work is not eligible, an expansion of a successful program does qualify as a valid Commitment to Action. Additionally, participants can become partners on other CGI commitments by, for example, providing in-kind support, technical expertise, or funding.

Specific: A CGI commitment must outline a specific approach to a problem, have clear and feasible objectives to be accomplished within a defined period of time, and articulate the desired outcome of the effort.

Measurable: CGI commitments must have specific quantitative or qualitative goals that can be monitored by the commitment-maker to evaluate progress over time. As each commitment is implemented, annual progress is reported to CGI to demonstrate the extent of its impact.

Commitment Highlights

From Periphery to Core:
Proving Nature's Value

Commitment by: JetBlue Airways Corporation; partner

In 2013, JetBlue committed to reshape their fundamental financial assumptions by translating and integrating the benefits of beautiful and pristine natural environments into the financial models that airlines use to calculate their revenue. In tandem with this analysis and in partnership with A.T. Kearney and the Ocean Foundation, JetBlue will introduce a waste reduction program on their airplanes and at airports that will serve to educate their customers about the important of both ocean systems and waste reduction. Read More »

Creating Biodiversity Markets
for Artisanal Fishers

Commitment by: Advanced Conservation Strategies; partners

In 2013, Advanced Conservation Strategies committed to pilot and scale a market-based incentive program that provides additional revenue streams to Chilean artisanal fishers to offset the loss in revenue associated with conservation efforts. Focused on linking emerging markets with ancillary marine conservation initiatives to empower artisanal fishers, the model is scalable and applicable throughout Latin America and beyond. The commitment will bring together Chilean artisanal fishers and scientists in a social venture that leverages technology to provide seafood traceability to bring increased profits to artisanal fishers. Read More »

Net-Works: Inclusive Business for Ocean, Economy & Society

Commitment by: Interface, Inc.; partners

In 2014, Interface committed to the geographic and financial expansion of its Net-Works program—an inclusive business model that provides an additional source of jobs and income for fishers and community members in the Philippines and Cameroon through the collection and selling of discarded nylon nets to Interface’s supplier, Aquafil, to be turned into recycled nylon yarn. Interface and its partners will create two new community-based Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and strengthen and support the existing four in Net-Works regions. Read More »