Who are eXXpedition?
eXXpedition Round the World 2019-2021 is an all-female sailing voyage and scientific research mission. Over 38,000 nautical miles and 30 voyage legs starting and ending in the United Kingdom, eXXpedition crews will explore the devastating effects of plastics and toxics in our ocean, via four of the five oceanic gyres and the arctic.
Connected by a passion to protect our shared ocean, it will enable 300 women to go to sea as hands-on crew and experience first hand the challenges we face from single-use plastic, while contributing to cutting-edge scientific research and solutions-based thinking.
Scientists, artists, filmmakers, teachers, doctors, sustainability experts … the crew will be made up of a multidisciplinary and international group of 300 women split over 30 voyage legs. Every crew is diverse in background, age and experience in the hope that women from equally diverse backgrounds will also be inspired to take action.
eXXpedition Round the World will be at the forefront of science on ocean plastics by collecting data and samples for influential global studies.
This work helps to fill gaps in data, engaging female ocean ambassadors in scientific research and citizen science initiatives along with finding innovative new ways to communicate the results to a broader audience.
On dry land, eXXpedition crews have contributed to over 500 events worldwide from talks and film screenings, school talks to conferences, universities and global companies about the missions and issues relating to our oceans, human mindset and future society.
The pollution challenge our oceans face is a global one, and it will take an inspired army of passionate, skilled and experienced people to tackle it.
The multidisciplinary crews on eXXpedition voyages are encouraged to collaborate and take part in workshops to expand their knowledge and focus on where their skills can be applied to the plastic problem.
Slaughter and May's sponsorship
Slaughter and May decided to support eXXpedition as the voyage’s purpose reflects the firm’s responsible business agenda - especially in key areas such as pro bono, community, environment and inclusion.
Slaughter and May throughout its history has always taken decisions with a long term view. Our decision to support eXXpedition reflects our sustainable approach to our business.
We are already providing pro bono advice to eXXpedition in a number of areas and over the coming months and years we will be partnering with schools on education programmes. We will do this because as a firm we want to help inspire the next generation to be active citizens.
We will also be arranging focussed client and staff events to expand the dialogue about women’s empowerment and leadership. The firm will be restating its commitments on energy use, single-use plastic and reducing the firm’s own environmental impact. The sponsorship represents a perfect alignment of ambition between our firm and the eXXpedition voyage.
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"We decided to support eXXpedition as it reflects, in what we hope is an imaginative way, our values and aspirations, and is a brilliant long term project to complement our responsible business strategy.
We are an outward looking, internationally minded collective of diverse individuals who possess significant resources, knowledge and influence to create a substantial and positive impact beyond simply delivering high end legal advice to clients.
We hope our support for eXXpedition will contribute to its long-term impact and to its important mission to increase knowledge about the causes and sources of ocean plastic pollution."
— Jeff Twentyman, partner at Slaughter and May