2018, 2017

Volvo Ocean Race

2017 – 2018 Volvo Ocean Race

11th Hour Racing Partnership

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:

  • Maximize Impact
    The Race will leverage its global platform to raise awareness on ocean health and plastic pollution, including hosting seven Ocean Summits at stopovers around the globe and highlighting the United Nations Environment’s Clean Seas campaign raising awareness to its millions of fans and followers.
  • Minimize footprint
    The Race will run its day-to-day business, all operations and stopovers as sustainably as possible with a sustainability plan that will focus on responsible resource use, responsible greenhouse gas emissions and waste management, avoiding single-use plastics, sourcing sustainable/local food and seafood, and procuring products from local suppliers with environmental and social responsibility at the forefront. Additionally, the Race will aim to meet local protocols and global best practice in sustainable event management.
  • Leave a positive legacy
    The Race will launch an education and awareness program for teachers and students, with sustainability workshops in the Race Village.
    The Race will use its influence to engage decision makers to commit to a cleaner future, as well as support sustainable innovation in the marine sector and global industries with the goal of fighting plastic pollution.
    Through a targeted Science Program, the Race will use the competing teams to gather critical data on ocean health to contribute to research and ocean health monitoring.


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


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