We're really proud to work with our company partners and want to thank them for all they do to support MCS. We hope you’ll enjoy discovering more about our partnerships on these pages. We work with a wide range of companies, but they are united by their commitment to protect our seas, shores and wildlife. Together we are actively safeguarding the sea's future, and if you’d like to join us, please contact us today.
MCS is delighted to celebrate the fourth year of our partnership with leading high street retailer, Marks & Spencer. Launched on World Oceans Day 2011, the partnership - called Forever Fish - aimed to protect our fish stocks and the marine environment for the future... read more
Debenhams has been supporting MCS since 2010 through its ‘Mantaray’ clothing range. Amongst other things the partnership sees Mantaray produce three items of clothing each year from which MCS receive 100% of the profit... read more
Green People is an organic skin care company which has been supporting MCS since 2011. First joining MCS as silver company members, Green People then extended its contribution by donating 30p from the sale of every Adult Scent Free SPF30 and Children’s Scent Free SPF30 Sun Lotion to MCS... read more
Helpful Holidays was established 28 years ago and has grown to become one of the leading West Country holiday cottage specialists with over 650 holiday homes all across some of England’s most beautiful countryside throughout Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset and Hampshire... read more
Waitrose has supported MCS since 2008 when it became a founding ‘Oceans Ambassador’ of our corporate membership scheme. Since then it has continued to be involved in lots of different areas of our work and in particular our sustainable seafood programme... read more
The Plastics 2020 Challenge was founded in 2009 with the aim of engaging the public in a nationwide debate about the use, reuse and disposal of plastics.
Fat Face is a brand that is loved by people who are passionate about the outdoors, and the Fat Face crew at Head Office are equally as committed to protecting the environment which we all love to play in. They have an extensive 'Keep It Clean' programme with many different elements for crew to get involved with... read more
Triodos is a global pioneer of sustainable banking. Their mission is to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change. Triodos have been active supporters of our campaign for Marine Conservation Zones. ... read more
Founded in 1996, Ecotricity was the worlds first green electricity company with the mission to change the way electricity is made and used in Britain. ... read more
MCS and the leading UK independent seafood supplier M&J Seafood are launching a new partnership this September ... read more
Debenhams has been supporting MCS since 2010 through its ‘Mantaray’ clothing range. Amongst other things the partnership sees Mantaray produce three items of clothing each year from which MCS receive 100% of the profit, giving their staff and customers throughout the UK the opportunity to support MCS.
Mantaray staff also love getting involved in our beach cleans and surveys, experiencing our conservation work hands on. The support of Debenhams has, and continues to, make a huge difference to our seas, shores and wildlife.
"We are fortunate in the UK to have a beautiful and dramatic coastline. It has a varied selection of wildlife, from porpoises to puffins, from dogfish to dolphins. We at Debenhams are proud of our association with the MCS to best support their future."Rob Faucherand, Director of Buying for Menswear at Debenhams.
Reef - Exploring the Underwater World was published by DK and every copy of Reef sold supports vital MCS conservation work. Scubazoo, a dedicated team of marine biologists, are passionate about conservation and wanted to support MCS through this book. Reef is a stunning photographic journey showing the always beautiful, sometimes bizarre, highly varied and rich wildlife of reefs around the world.
"Turn the pages of this book and you can see why reefs are often called the rainforests of the sea...While it often seems like a carnival of colour on the reef, there is a dark cloud that threatens to spoil the party....MCS projects in the UK and abroad are making that all-important difference to the future of our seas, shores and wildlife, and it is in all our interests to support this vital work - as I'm sure you will agree once you have looked through this amazing book"
Nick Baker, Broadcaster and Naturalist
Marks and Spencer
MCS is delighted to celebrate the fourth year of our partnership with leading high street retailer, Marks & Spencer. Launched on World Oceans Day 2011, the three-year partnership called Forever Fish, aims to protect our fish stocks and the marine environment for the future.
The initiative was expected to raise over £1m per year for marine conservation and education projects, of which 40% would come to MCS. The funding has been generated from the 5p charge made to customers for re-usable plastic bags in M&S food stores, a scheme which has already seen plastic bag usage drop by 80%.
Customer and employee involvement in marine conservation, be that through learning, volunteering, or taking part in beach cleans, is a key element of Forever Fish. The funding we have received from M&S has helped us to put in place a UK-wide network of 450 champions for the sea to support our marine conservation initiatives at a local level.“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society. The marine environment is vitally important to Marks and Spencer and our 21m customers. MCS’ inspiring work to protect our beaches, oceans and sea life will provide practical opportunities for our customers and employees to make a real difference right across the British Isles.”
Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business at M&S
Demand for farmed fish globally is at an all time high, however one of the crucial issues that the fish farming industry currently faces is the amount of wild-capture fish currently used to feed farmed fish. New sources of marine oil and protein are required to sustain this growth and Dragon Feeds are leading in this field by working to develop an innovative sustainable, fish-free fish feed in the form of ragworm, a project with the potential to greatly contribute to the sustainability of fish farming and the health of UK seas.
In 2008 Dragonfeeds entered a three-year partnership with MCS when they became a founding Oceans 25 Ambassador. Their funding makes a vital contribution towards MCS’s core work for clean seas, sustainable fisheries and protected sea life.
Helpful Holidays is one of our regular business supporters and has made a significant contribution to our conservation work.
Helpful Holidays is a family-run self-catering cottage agency established over 30 years ago and is one of the leading West Country specialists, offering over 600 of the finest holiday homes in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Twice voted the top Which? Recommended Provider for Cottage and Villa Bookings, Helpful Holidays has also recently won the Sunday Times Travel Editor’s Choice Award and Gold at the British Travel Awards.
Helpful Holidays’ offices are in the heart of the West Country in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. They love the region and being environmentally aware is second nature to them. For example, in their offices, all the electricity they use has been generated from renewable sources. Their proactive approach goes into each cottage too. Helpful Holidays asses each cottage in detail, looking a things like energy providers, insulation, heating and hot water timers, appliances, recycling, and the provision of information of information about local facilities and car-free days out, and give practical advice to holiday home owners on how to make improvements. To see their complete list of criteria click here.
The holiday homes range from romantic retreats for two to grand country houses and ancient farmhouses for great gatherings of up to 47 people, as well as seaside apartments and simple country cottages with roaring log fires. You’ll find detailed descriptions, lots of photos and independent customer reviews of every holiday home at www.helpfulholidays.com, where you can search for your perfect cottage and view the latest availability and special offers.
All the cottages have been hand-picked and star-rated by Helpful Holidays and are regularly inspected to make sure they are great places for happy holidays. The Helpful Holidays team knows the West Country and the cottages well and is always happy to chat and offer straightforward advice to ensure that you find the cottage of your dreams.
Waitrose has supported MCS since 2008 when it became a founding ‘Oceans Ambassador’ of our corporate membership scheme. Since then it has continued to be involved in lots of different areas of our work and in particular our sustainable seafood programme.
Sustainable and responsible sourcing of seafood is high on Waitrose’s agenda and it is amongst the leading fish retailers in the UK. Working closely with MCS, Waitrose strives to ensure that it only sell sustainable fish in its stores and recently sponsored the development of the android version of our Good Fish Guide app, giving fish consumers information on which fish to avoid and which fish to eat at the click of a button.
The Plastics 2020 Challenge was founded in 2009 with the aim of engaging the public in a nationwide debate about the use, reuse and disposal of plastics.
As part of the UK plastics industry's pledge to lead the UK in diverting plastics from landfill by 2020 and to inform the public about the environmental challenges facing society today, the Challenge hosts a series of online debates on its website framed around the Four R's: reduce, reuse, recycle, recover. The Challenge is backed by Plastics Europe, the British Plastics Federation and the Packaging and Films Association.
Since 2010, MCS has been working with Plastics 2020 Challenge using the Cool seas Roadshow as a vehicle for positive messages about the value and proper use and disposal of plastics through our exciting new ‘Bottle Champions’ scheme.
‘Bottle Champions’ provides an opportunity to encourage primary school pupils and the wider community to recognise the value of plastic as a resource. Pupils recycle plastic bottles and bring the bottletops in to school to earn sports kits made of recycled plastic.
We piloted this initiative in Autumn 2010, and there was 100% take up in the schools that took part. Building on this success, the scheme was expanded in 2011, and by the end of April 2012, 130 schools and over 20,000 pupils will have recycled nearly 400,000 bottles, collected the bottletops and earned football, netball and rugby tops for their school teams. Both pupils and teachers continue to be enthusiastic about the scheme which will continue on in 2012 with support from Plastics 2020 Challenge.
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Green People are producers of organic, ethical personal care products that are kind to the environment as well as your skin. MCS are thrilled to be working with them around their organic sun lotions, which don’t contain chemicals that are harmful to the marine environment.
Research has shown that some mainstream sunscreens promote viral infections in coral reefs, potentially playing a huge role in coral bleaching, where the corals start to die. With an estimated 10,000 tons of UV filters produced annually, with an average of 25% of the sunscreen ingredients that are applied to the skin being released in the water over the course of a 20 minute swim*, it’s a problem that Green People wanted to make sure they didn’t contribute to in any way. Hence their natural, organic sun lotions!
Green People has agreed to donate 30p per bottle sold to MCS from their Adults SPF25 and Children’s SPF25 lotions…so protect your skin before heading out into the sun this summer and have the peace of mind that you are helping protect our marine environment as well!
*Research - Sunscreens Cause Coral Bleaching by Promoting Viral Infections
Fat Face is a brand that is loved by people who are passionate about the outdoors, and the Fat Face crew at Head Office are equally as committed to protecting the environment which we all love to play in. They have an extensive 'Keep It Clean' programme with many different elements for crew to get involved with. One of these initiatives is a regular MCS beach clean at West Hayling, and they have grown very attached to all things sea-related!
They wanted to do a bit more to support MCS in our mission to protect beaches and wildlife, and offered to donate £1 from every Fat Face re-usable bag sold to encourage their customers to stop using disposable plastic bags and help stop them ending up harming wildlife on our beaches.
Since we started our partnership in 2009, Fat Face have set up the Fat Face Foundation to do their bit to help protect the environment and get more people out there. The Marine Conservation Society is one of two official charity partners chosen because we are dedicated to protecting the great outdoors (the wet bits anyway!). Fat Face has always had the sea close to its heart and sees the link between the Foundation and the Marine Conservation Society as being a natural fit.
In 2010, the Foundation sponsored the development of our Your Seas, Your Voice campaign and website. The Foundation believes that we all have a part to play in protecting our seas, so was proud to support the Your Seas Your Voice campaign to highlight the lack of protected areas around the UK coasts, and would urge individuals to do the same.
Triodos is a global pioneer of sustainable banking. Their mission is to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change. Triodos have been active supporters of our campaign for Marine Conservation Zones.
Triodos have teamed up with MCS so that when you open a savings account at the link below, we will receive a donation of £40 to help us continue to campaign for protection of our seas. Triodos Bank promise to only lend your savings to organisations working for positive environmental or social change.
Find out more about this partnership, and about ethical and sustainable banking at www.triodos.co.uk/mcs
Founded in 1996, Ecotricity was the worlds first green electricity company with the mission to change the way electricity is made and used in Britain.
Ecotricity have teamed up with MCS and listed us as one of their charity partners that will benefit when you switch your electricity and gas supply to them. Customers switching their energy supply can chose MCS for Ecotricity to donate to on their behalf.
To find out more about the energy produced from Ecotricity visit their website www.ecotricity.co.uk/mcsuk
Green People is an organic skin care company which has been supporting MCS since 2011. First joining MCS as silver company members, Green People then extended its contribution by donating 30p from the sale of every Adult Scent Free SPF30 and Children’s Scent Free SPF30 Sun Lotion to MCS. Green People sun screen doesn’t contain any chemicals which are damaging to the marine environment, meaning they are not only great for your skin but great for our seas too!
After a highly successful first two years, MCS is thrilled that Green People has committed to working with us again in 2015. To purchase the sun lotions, and see other Green People products, visit www.greenpeople.co.uk
“We have been proud to support MCS for two consecutive summers: 2013, raising £8300, 2014, raising £10,500 and we have now committed to a third year hopefully we will raise even more! We are pleased with our customers response, they are happy to see we are raising funds to help support marine wildlife and UK shores. The MCS team are helping us to promote important messages about beauty products and their impact on aquatic life. Whether it is sun lotions or skin exfoliators, there are more natural alternatives available that we should all use to reduce the impact on our sea waters.”Charlotte Vohtz, Green People founder
MCS and the leading UK independent seafood supplier M&J Seafood are launching a new partnership this September. We have been working together alongside other leading UK charities in the environmental sector on a groundbreaking new initiative to be launched at an industry event at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage. For more details, please speak to our press office on 01989 566017.
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