Ethics, Values and Social License in the Blue Economy

Professor Charles Sampford, Griffith University, heads up the current project underway within Research Program 5 – Ethics, Values and Social License in the Blue Economy. The project brings together expertise from partners including BMT, Griffith University, University of Tasmania, Carnegie Clean Energy, The New Zealand King Salmon Pty Limited, Tassal Group Limited and the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

As industries move further offshore the Blue Economy can deliver many benefits. But ethical concerns about its operations can threaten its social licence to operate. To ensure their legitimacy, Blue Economy industries need to consider, prioritise and implement the values justifying their operations to the communities in which they operate.

Project Leader, Professor Charles Sampford states:

“This project examines the values that the Blue Economy can and ought to deliver to the communities in which it operates to generate and sustain its social license. I am proud to lead an interdisciplinary team of ethics and integrity specialists and industry partners.” 

Helping fill this need, and in collaboration with other CRC projects, this project will produce a world-first account of the ethical values at stake in the Blue Economy. It will provide key outputs that help industry partners inform funders, Boards and communities to secure the social licence to operate in new environments.

To find out more about this Project visit the Ethics, Values and Social License in the Blue Economy project page. Find out more about Research Program #5: Sustainable Offshore Developments and sign up to their monthly newsletter.

Image courtesy of New Zealand King Salmon