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Sustainable blue economy insights

Explore our dedicated events, podcasts and special reports published by our Chief Investment Office (CIO) with a focus on creating a sustainable blue economy.

A healthy ocean is central to our planet’s future. As global lead banking partner of the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA), we are committed to playing our part in building a sustainable blue economy.


Our in-house experts and guest contributors regularly produce events and content designed to clarify what must be done to preserve our ocean, and the opportunities this presents.


News feature

The Deutsche Bank Ocean Resilience Philanthropy Fund: Grant Advisory Council

The Grant Advisory Council is responsible for sourcing, reviewing and selecting grant recipients of the Deutsche Bank Ocean Resilience Philanthropy Fund.

Mar. 10, 2022


News feature

Deutsche Bank Ocean Resilience Philanthropy Fund

The Deutsche Bank Ocean Resilience Philanthropy Fund enables philanthropists to collaborate with expert scientists on projects that use nature-based solutions to restore and conserve the ocean.

Feb. 14, 2022


Experts Talk

The ocean and climate change – protecting and harnessing nature’s greatest carbon sink

Watch our Experts Talk event to hear leading figures discuss how we can improve the health of the ocean – and harness its ability to combat climate change.

Jan. 01, 2022

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Feature article

Philanthropy: funding the future of ocean conservation and coral resilience

We are proud to announce the launch of the Deutsche Bank Ocean Resilience Philanthropy Fund, a new global philanthropic fund dedicated to ocean conservation and coastal resilience.

Nov. 05, 2021


CIO Special report

Coastlines in crisis: key risks from rising oceans

Rising seas will compound other effects from climate change and ocean degradation. They will have major implications for the overall macroeconomic and policy outlook, and for investment.

Sep. 01, 2021

Water villas at the Conrad Maldives resort on Rangali Island, Maldives

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Circle of influence: the Maldives' shift to a circular economy

The vulnerability of the Maldives to sea-level rises and pollution has brought about the early adoption of a circular economy, with its concept of zero waste. This sustainable approach is a key part of the blue economy and offers great opportunities for future innovation and business.

Aug. 17, 2021

Coastlines in Crisis

Event report and video

Coastlines in Crisis: How rising oceans will affect the environment, the economy and society

The consequences of rising sea levels cannot be underestimated. To protect our coastlines, we must act now. As part of our new series of discussions designed to raise awareness and inspire action, we had the privilege of talking to several leading figures facing this challenge head on.

Aug. 09, 2021

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José María Figueres: the blue horizon for the world's oceans

Former president of Costa Rica and businessman, José María Figueres has pioneered the integration of sustainability, technology, and the public and private sectors in the service of the environment. He discusses the future of the oceans in the shadow of the pandemic.

Jul. 28, 2021



Frederik Paulsen: the ocean elder with deep concerns

Self-made billionaire Frederik Paulsen, chairman of biotech giant Ferring, is on a mission to support our planet and our oceans.

Jul. 08, 2021


CIO podcast

The deep sea: Earth’s final frontier for exploration and sustainable development

Doug McCauley, professor of ocean science at the University of California Santa Barbara and director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative, joins Markus Müller, head of the Chief Investment Office at Deutsche Bank's International Private Bank, to discuss the deep sea and the importance of taking a long-term, sustainable approach to its development.

Jul. 05, 2021


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Wealth with Responsibility: How philanthropy and investment can work hand in hand for our oceans

Our second Wealth with Responsibility event focusing on ocean conservation saw three leading voices gather to explain the dangers facing our oceans, the steps we must take to protect them – and how we as individuals can have a meaningful impact.

May. 26, 2021


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Partnering with ORRAA to protect our ocean

We are proud to become the first bank to join the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA) as a full member, creating a partnership dedicated to bringing financial expertise and innovation to protect the ocean and the communities that depend on it.

May. 17, 2021

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CIO Special report

Empowering the blue magic: act today for tomorrow

Our new CIO ESG Special provides an intuitive and easy-to-use summary of our previous special report on the blue economy.

Mar. 13, 2021


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Raising the alarm: photographer activists

A new generation of photographer-activists are raising awareness of the beauty under the sea, and creating a call to action to save the oceans.

Feb. 01, 2021


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Douglas McCauley: sea change

Douglas McCauley, marine biologist and a director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative, on why philanthropists can do much more to save the oceans than simply write a cheque.

Jan. 29, 2021


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José Soares dos Santos: taking care of planet ocean

Portuguese business leader and activist José Soares dos Santos is one of the leading forces in Europe driving ocean conservation. Find out how he inspires politicians, fellow philanthropists, business leaders and scientists to create a more sustainable future.

Jan. 08, 2021


The sustainable blue economy

Ray Dalio on ocean exploration and philanthropy

Together with his son, Ray Dalio, founder of one of the world’s largest hedge funds, created OceanX to raise awareness of the seas through exploration, film, media and science.

Nov. 30, 2020

Healing and Preserving Our Oceans

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Wealth with Responsibility: Healing and Preserving Our Oceans

The sea is in peril but hope remains. This was the overarching message at a virtual event held on Tuesday November 10 that brought together leading thinkers in ocean conservation and the blue economy.

Nov. 13, 2020

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