Mary Kay Inc. Furthers Commitment to Conservation Joins UN Ocean Stewardship Coalition



Mary Kay Inc., a global advocate for corporate sustainability and stewardship, recently joined the UN Global Compact’s Ocean Stewardship Coalition—an effort to bring together the private sector alongside UN agencies, academia, governments and non-governmental organizations to address biodiversity and climate change through a focus on ocean health.

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Deborah Gibbins, Mary Kay’s Chief Operating Officer (Credit: Mary Kay Inc.)

Deborah Gibbins, Mary Kay’s Chief Operating Officer (Credit: Mary Kay Inc.)

As a current signatory of the UN Sustainable Ocean Principles, the Ocean Stewardship Coalition furthers Mary Kay’s commitment to securing a healthy and productive ocean. The Ocean Stewardship Coalition seeks to leverage private sector involvement to increase ocean awareness and develop climate-smart innovation. It also calls upon stakeholders, including business leaders, to use climate-smart policies to address environmental and climate injustices as well as adopt a human-centered approach to policy solutions.

In alignment with the Sustainable Ocean Principles and the Ocean Stewardship Coalition, Mary Kay supported several projects this year in partnership with The Nature Conservancy to improve ocean health through the protection and restoration of critical habitats such as coral reefs, oyster reefs, and coastal wetlands, as well as to advance women’s leadership in conversation:

  • Restoring Asia Pacific shellfish reefs in Australia, Hong Kong, China, the Coral Triangle;
  • Ensuring that coral protection and restoration efforts in the Coral Triangle Countries – Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands – are supported through conservation efforts and initiatives that positively impact the whole region;
  • Supporting women environmental leaders in the Pacific in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands;
  • Coastal conservation and restoration in the Gulf Coast and assessing the feasibility of blue carbon markets to support long-term wetland management; and
  • Improving fisheries in Mexico to empower to empower communities and women in the fishing industry.

“Nature-based solution projects led by women are revolutionizing the way we protect our oceans for future generations,” said Deborah Gibbins, Chief Operating Officer at Mary Kay. “By joining the Ocean Stewardship Coalition, Mary Kay hopes to support these projects and inspire additional women to take action in their local communities.”

As part of Mary Kay’s ongoing efforts to increase global ocean awareness, Mary Kay is also engaging in key ocean forums such as the Economist Impact’s World Ocean Tech & Innovation Summit, hosted by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster in collaboration with the Province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Partnership, where innovators, business leaders, thought leaders and investors convened to learn about and engage with the latest “blue economy” innovators and technologies, and identify solutions that will form the roadmap to a sustainable, thriving ocean economy.

To read more about Mary Kay’s commitment to sustainability, visit and download Mary Kay’s global sustainability strategy: Enriching Lives Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow.

About Mary Kay Inc.

One of the original glass ceiling breakers, Mary Kay Ash founded her dream beauty company in 1963 with one goal: enriching women’s lives. That dream has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar company with millions of independent sales force members in nearly 40 countries. As an entrepreneurship development company, Mary Kay is committed to empowering women on their journey through education, mentorship, advocacy, networking, and innovation. Mary Kay is dedicated to investing in the science behind beauty and manufacturing cutting-edge skincare, color cosmetics, nutritional supplements, and fragrances. Mary Kay believes in enriching lives today for a sustainable tomorrow, partnering with organizations from around the world focusing on promoting business excellence, supporting cancer research, advancing gender equality, protecting survivors of domestic abuse, beautifying our communities, and encouraging children to follow their dreams. Learn more at, find us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, or follow us on Twitter.

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