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Burgess is delighted to announce the launch of the Marine Conservation Programme in association with Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE). The programme will offer clients the opportunity to counteract the environmental impact of their yachting activities by donating a Marine Conservation Fee.

The programme is optional for our clients but we hope that in time it will become customary to contribute to ocean conservation as part of a yachting holiday. At Burgess, we contribute to BLUE by paying a Marine Conservation Fee on our company travel. However we choose to be part of this exceptional industry, we can all be guardians of our oceans.

This new initiative was devised by the Burgess CSR team, Burgess Blue Oceans, and forms an integral part of the wider CSR strategy.

The funding pipeline from Burgess to BLUE has two sources:

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The programme for clients entails the optional payment of a Marine Conservation Fee that serves to counteract for the impact of their cruising and which is calculated according to the business they do with us. The fee goes direct to projects in the Mediterranean and Maldives.

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Burgess has also agreed to donate proportionally to the impact of company travel too. This goes to BLUE core funding, which keeps the organisation running.

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This a fantastic achievement and the result of 12 month’s work by the Burgess Blue Oceans team. As the company moves forward with its commitment to sustainability these initiatives will become of paramount importance and key to the longevity of our business.

 

Jonathan Beckett, Burgess CEO, says, 'I am excited to be able to offer this initiative to our clients. The team has been working hard to ensure we have a policy that is workable, transparent and supports an organisation that has done great work in its field. I am very hopeful for a high take up from our charter clients initially, followed by the other departments as we roll this out.'

Clare Brook, BLUE’s CEO, says, 'BLUE is delighted that Burgess is encouraging their clients to take account of their environmental impact through this exciting initiative. Burgess’ donations will support BLUE’s projects in the Maldives and the Mediterranean, working to safeguard marine life from overexploitation. We look forward to what this partnership might bring.'

About Burgess Blue Oceans

Burgess Blue Oceans (BBO) was born out of a need to make a change. The good health of the world’s oceans not only allows us to work in this exceptional industry, but also it is the source of all life on our planet.

We know that our business has a direct impact on the environment and we know we have a responsibility to use our business as a force for good: to reduce that impact and work to create a more sustainable superyacht industry.

Love the ocean

Burgess was founded on a love of the oceans and we, both collectively and as individuals, are passionate about what we do. We know our yacht owners and clients are too.

But there’s no quick fix; this is going to take commitment: to acknowledge some hard realities and get to work.

So what are our plans? The BBO global team is working on a number of initiatives that will raise awareness and drive change internally but also to challenge the status quo in all we do.

From our own in-house practices to working in harmony with the wider industry, whether with yacht owners and charterers, crew on our managed yachts or with shipyards, only by working together can we really make a sustainable yachting future a reality. We know we have a long way to go though.

The vision?

Clean, healthy oceans alive with biodiversity and secure for future generations … And beyond that? Well, wouldn’t a carbon neutral yacht be something! But it’s up to all of us and the time to act is now.

To find out more about Burgess’ yachts for charter and  yachts for sale, please contact a Burgess broker. Alternatively, get in touch with one of our offices directly: London, Monaco, New York, Miami, Singapore or all other locations.

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