The Volvo Ocean Race has launched a major Sustainability Program for the 2017-18 edition and beyond – of which, 11th Hour Racing is proud to be the Founding Principal Partner. The Volvo Ocean Race has signed a Sustainability Charter, committing the organization to sustainable operations around the globe, and to using the Race to support efforts to improve ocean health and prevent plastic pollution.
The Volvo Ocean Race has a robust sustainability plan, developed in collaboration with 11th Hour Racing, addressing environmental impact, social impact, and communication. The plan is built on three pillars:
Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. The 2017-18 edition will cover 45,000 nautical miles, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities. Starting with this edition, the Volvo Ocean Race has put sustainability at its heart and is focusing on the rapidly growing and critical problem of plastic polluting the ocean.
A total of 2.4 million people visited the Race Villages in the last edition, to get a first-hand taste of the race. Tens of millions more followed the action on digital platforms, and this time fans will partake in sustainability solutions at each stopover and engaged with online content regarding ocean health issues.
Header image photo credit: Wisdom, the Race mascot educates students about how the can help protect his species, the Laysan Albatross, from plastic pollution. Globally, the Education Programme has been used in 32 countries to educate over 37,000 students. Photo credit: Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race