Rockefeller Financial Anounces Ocean Strategy


NEW YORK, NY—October 20, 2011—Rockefeller Financial—a global investment and wealth management firm serving foundations and endowments, families, trusts and other institutions—announced today a collaboration with The Ocean Foundation that seeks to identify profitable investment opportunities that restore and support the health and sustainability of the world’s oceans.

The Ocean Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that supports marine and oceanic conservation, will provide Rockefeller with specialized insight and research on marine trends, risks and opportunities, as well as analysis and thought-leadership on marine conservation initiatives. Applying this research alongside its internal asset management capabilities, Rockefeller’s experienced investment team will work to identify best- in-class public companies whose businesses are involved across the broad spectrum of the ocean network globally. The strategy will seek investment opportunities in diverse industries ranging from maritime transportation, manufacturing and industrial services, healthcare, ocean energy, water and wastewater utilities, water pumps and valves, remote sensing, leak monitoring, consulting as well as engineering for water infrastructure and technologies to maximize water supplies through purification and metering.

Reuben Jeffery, Rockefeller’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are very pleased to be working with The Ocean Foundation whose mission and expertise complement Rockefeller’s distinctive asset management capabilities and long-standing history of sustainability and impact investing. Rockefeller has significant experience in the management of investment strategies that seek to align an investor’s social and environmental mission with maximizing investor returns, and we are excited about the launch of this new initiative.”

Mark J. Spalding, The Ocean Foundation’s President, said, “We are delighted about this collaboration with Rockefeller and the opportunity to provide our knowledge and expertise on marine conservation issues and trends. Our work with Rockefeller will provide new and distinct avenues for those who care about the coasts and oceans, and that are looking for an attractive investment opportunity that supports sustainability. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Rockefeller in advancing our mission to protect the oceans around the world.”

About Rockefeller Financial
Headquartered in New York and with offices in Boston, Washington D.C., Stamford, Connecticut, and Wilmington, Delaware, Rockefeller Financial is a global wealth management firm that provides comprehensive wealth and investment management services to a diversified client base including foundations and endowments, families, trusts and other institutions. Rockefeller Financial provides access to best‐in‐class solutions and comprehensive services through four business groups: Rockefeller Wealth Advisors, Rockefeller Asset Management, Rockefeller Capital Partners, and Rockit® Solutions. Rockefeller Financial was incorporated in 1979 and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1980 as an investment adviser. Rockefeller Financial is the trade name used by Rockefeller & Co., Inc. Products and services may be provided by various subsidiaries of Rockefeller & Co., Inc. As of September 30, 2011, the firm and its subsidiaries had approximately $30 billion in assets under administration. For additional information, please visit

About The Ocean Foundation
The Ocean Foundation (TOF) is a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world.    TOF delivers on its slogan “...Tell us what you want to do for the ocean; We will take care of the rest.” We work with a diverse community of donors who care about the coasts and ocean. In this manner, TOF grows the financial resources available to support marine conservation in order to promote healthy ocean ecosystems and benefit the human communities that depend on them. We use a well-established business model (the community foundation) to serve donors and partners interested in marine conservation. Thus, TOF focuses on increasing the capacity of conservation organizations, hosting projects and funds, and supporting those working to improve the health of ocean species globally. TOF’s human community includes the donors, governments and grantees that are engaged in ocean conservation all over the world. TOF has grantees, partners and projects on all the world’s continents. The Ocean Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of individuals with significant experience in marine conservation philanthropy, complemented by an expert, professional staff, and a growing international advisory board of scientists, policy makers, educators, legal specialists, and other top experts. For more information, please visit

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