Blue bonds

Burgess has launched its Marine Conservation Programme in association with Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE).

Photography by Burgess/iStock

26 February 2021


The opt-in programme will offer clients the opportunity to counteract the environmental impact of their yachting activities by donating a Marine Conservation Fee.

In addition to this, the Burgess Strategic Board has also agreed to donate proportionally to the impact of company travel too.

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: The programme for clients entails the optional payment of a Marine Conservation Fee that serves to counteract 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.

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


The programme is opt-in for all clients, but as it represents an opportunity to counteract the environmental impact of their cruising, we hope that in months and years to come, it will become standard practice for many clients.

This a fantastic achievement and the result of 12 month’s work by the 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 said “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 their 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.”

Known as BLUE, the UK registered charity was set up in 2010 by some of the team behind the award-winning documentary film ‘The End of the Line’.

BLUE aims to restore the ocean to health by addressing overfishing, one of the world’s biggest environmental problems.

BLUE is dedicated to creating marine reserves, restoring vital habitats and establishing models of sustainable fishing. BLUE’s mission is to see 30 per cent of the world’s ocean under effective protection by 2030.

Clare Brook, BLUE CEO, said “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.”

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.

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 inhouse 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 is for “clean, healthy oceans alive with biodiversity and secure for future generations”.




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