Trash Free Seas Alliance Membership Principles: An Overview

Ocean Conservancy launched the Trash Free Seas Alliance in 2012 to bring together leaders from the private sector, civil society organizations, and academia to collaborate with a focus on the measurable reduction of ocean plastics. In 2017, the Alliance adopted its Membership Principles document, which articulates the forum's common mission. In keeping with the adoption of the Membership Principles, Ocean Conservancy first distributed a Reporting Template as part of the Alliance Membership renewal process in 2018 to help members articulate and quantify their commitments to reduce plastic waste leakage to the ocean. A summary of the reporting template process is summarized in this brief report.