Mubadala, the title partner for the Season 3 Grand Final in San Francisco, has given insight into its partnership with SailGP at the league’s thought leadership program, Champions For Change.
Derek Rozycki, head of responsible investing at the Emirati investment firm, spoke alongside chief communications officer Brian Lott on topics such as Mubadala’s socially-minded responsible investment program and COP 28, which will be hosted in the United Arab Emirates.
Rozycki also reflected on SailGP’s pioneering Impact League, which tracks the positive actions of teams to reduce their overall carbon footprint and accelerate inclusivity in sailing.
He congratulated the ingenuity of the podium for the planet which, he said, should be applied to the wider sustainability space.
“One of the things I really like about the Impact league is that when someone finds a fix or new technology that benefits them, they share it with everyone,” he said.
“It’s one of the things I love about the sustainability space right now - it’s not a competition and that’s a model about making real accelerated change and progress.”
He added that global society has ‘forgotten’ how to implement this type of effective ’incremental change’.
“We need to get back to sharing these technologies and not spending a lot of time reinventing the wheel - I love that model and that everybody benefits from the progress and moves forward faster - it’s what we need to do on climate.”
Elsewhere, Lott reflected on the ‘great partnership’ with SailGP, which was first launched at Season 2’s Mubadala United States Sail Grand Prix | San Francisco.
“SailGP is a disruptive sports entry and we think of ourselves in many sectors as equally disruptive as an investor,” he said. “When you’re looking at the SailGP from a sustainability standpoint, it’s a great example, not just for the sporting community to follow, but for the business community too.”
He added that SailGP fans exude ‘a sense of passion’. “They love sports but they also love the rationale behind what SailGP stands for in terms of making a change.”