Waves at Teignmouth
© Natasha Ewins / MCS

One ocean for everyone

Our ocean is in poor health because of human activity. Only by working together can we achieve our vision of a sea full of life, where nature flourishes and people thrive. We should all have equal opportunity to benefit from our ocean and to take responsibility to protect it for the future.

Whoever and wherever we are, we share one ocean and all its wonders and benefits.

However, while some benefit greatly from everything our sea has to give, others are unfairly excluded. While some can play their part in protecting our ocean, others are unrepresented and disrespected.

At the Marine Conservation Society, we have not been doing enough to change this. We must, and will, do better. Only when all aspects of our work are fair and inclusive will we be able to fight for the future of our ocean, together, through people-powered action.

Fairness, inclusion, representation and respect are a vital part of our everyday work to protect our ocean, not an add-on. To be successful, we must make sure everyone can enjoy the benefits and fulfil their responsibilities to our ocean, so it and we can thrive.

We have started some of this work already and know it will never be ‘done’. It is a way of living and working together, rather than a time-bound set of actions. We will follow a continuous cycle of action, reflection, learning and planning. And we will change to keep our approach current, learning from other organisations and contexts as well as our own experiences and those of others.

This statement will evolve as we move forwards. Below, we outline our starting point – our Fairness, Inclusion, Representation and Respect (FaIRR) Plan of Action.


Organisational learning 

We have…

In future we will… 

Governance and accountability 

We have… 

In future we will…

Strategy and policy review 

We have… 

In future we will… 


If you have questions about our FaIRR goals and Plan of Action, contact info@mcsuk.org

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