The opt-in programme will offer clients the chance to offset their yachting footprint with the donation of a Marine Conservation Fee. The new initiative, devised by the Burgess CSR team, Burgess Blue Oceans, is to form a key part of the brokerage house’s wider corporate social responsibility strategy.
The Burgess Strategic Board for its part has also agreed to donate proportionally to the impact of company travel.
The fee is calculated according to the business transaction, and goes directly to marine conservation projects in the Mediterranean and Maldives.
Burgess CEO Jonathan Beckett 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 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.’
The programme is the result of 12 months’ hard work and planning by the Burgess Blue Oceans team.
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’s 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.’