“This unique funding concept will allow corporations, and Limited Partnerships, to do VERY well while doing good.”
The funding concept behind the Earth Ship Program will provide both financial and corporate benefits (Documentation is available). The benefits will be substantial because each participate (corporate and/or Limited Partnerships.) will be an Investor, a Sponsor and a Donor, all at the same time. However, in addition to corporate and financial benefits, today there may also be a degree of legal motivation based on the facts explained in the Carbon Ratio and the Carbon Delay on this website.
This motivation may result from the fact that it is not physically possible to put any carbon (CO2) back in the atmosphere and still claim to be “sustainable, net-zero, carbon neutral, or even environmentally friendly.” If a corporation continues to use these terms in an effort to increase sales and attract new customers, they may be exposing themselves to legal consequences arising from false advertising, and even fraud in some cases.
Any corporation that wants to continue with their current business model has three options:
- The corporation could completely strip all sustainability claims from their website and marketing program, and then continue to conduct business as usual,
- The corporation could prepare a legal defense against any consumer complainants that may arise as the result of false, or fraudulent, environmental claims. This argument will need to be strong since it will be opposing the immutable laws of physics,
- The corporation could sponsor one of the ships in the Earth Ship Program. This would allow the corporation to make a profit (see below) while at the same time being seen as doing their part to explain the truth to the public.
THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS:
The corporate investor, or Limited Partnership, will purchase an asset from Earth Ship Limited, Inc. The asset is a Long-term Time Charter Agreement (the Charter) for a large sailing ship. The participant(s) will purchase the use of the ship, and not the ship itself. When the charter is donated to a 501(C)3 charity, its appraised value will be a minimum of three times greater than the purchase price.
The corporate investor will have a year or more to decide how many months of the charter are to be donated, versus how many are to be kept for corporate purposes. The choice will hinge on whether the charterer wants more financial benefits, or more corporate benefits.
These benefits have been professionally appraised in the area of $100-$125 million – per ship, per year.
The corporation’s sponsorship of the Earth Ship Program will be seen in print, radio, and television, in the United States and around the world. Sailing ships attract attention wherever they go and climate change has never been in the news more than it is today. This will expose the corporate sponsor’s goods and services to a wide audience.
The corporate sponsors will have their image enhanced all around the world. Our sponsors will be viewed as supporting “Educational Awareness” for various global issues; the environment, promoting the use of renewable energy, promoting sound resource management, sustainable development, and helping to address climate change. This will project a positive global image.
Sponsors will be able to display their product(s) to a young, well educated, and influential market all around the world. Instead of inviting new customers to come to their showroom, our corporate sponsors will be able to bring their showroom to the customers.
Increased World Unity
In the increasingly fractious world we live in today, it is impossible to overstate the importance of “Increased World Unity.” What better way to increase world unity then to focus the mankind’s attention on the one common problem we all share: climate change.
The ships of new construction have been designed to serve as a high-tech floating conference center. The ship will have a large amphitheater, a meeting room on the Main Deck with live video conferencing capabilities, break-out rooms with computers, satellite communications, and VCRs. Overnight accommodations will also be available for up to 75 people.
What better way to reward top preforming employees than to provide them with a cruise on a classic sailing ship. All of the tangible benefits normally available from traveling on a large sailing ship will pale in comparison to the real value of making a positive, lasting, and meaningful difference in our world.