The Founder

José Soares dos Santos

Message from the Founder

The founder of Oceano Azul Foudation, José Soares dos Santos welcomes you to the foundation’s website.

«We are committed to contributing to a vision: that a healthy ocean can coexist with human development.»

Founder’s Letter

Unsustainable development continues to deteriorate the environment due to the abuse of natural resources. The continuation of this abuse will not only deteriorate the environment, but will also hinder human development. The dependency between humans and the planet has become clear to us.
When we look into environmental sustainability, we have to look to the ocean. It is an important life support of the planet and is under greater threat than most individuals, including decision makers realize.

Due to the exhaustion of terrestrial natural resources and the development of sophisticated underwater technologies, we will be witnessing a global race to the ocean. Our economy will move further offshore increasing deterioration of the marine environment.


This is why we are committed to contributing to the vision that a healthy ocean must be able to coexist with human development. We support this vision through the Oceano Azul Foundation, an organization exclusively dedicated to ocean sustainability.


We must address complex challenges such as further understanding the links between the ocean and climate change by dedicating resources to saving key marine species. Marine pollution from plastics must also be addressed and a case must be made for sustainable marine protein production and much more. With a global network of partners, together we will do our best in pursuing this objective.

The biggest challenge of our generation is to make sure that we leave to our children a more sustainable and resilient world than the one we currently have. The ocean is a key feature of that legacy.


If you share this vision, join us in this tremendous challenge!

The XXIst century will be the century of the ocean.

José Soares dos Santos

Sociedade Francisco Manuel dos Santos

Sociedade Francisco Manuel dos Santos

Sociedade Francisco Manuel dos Santos (SFMS) was established on August 2nd 1941 by Francisco Manuel dos Santos and his children. The goal was to formalize the participation he had in several companies, such as Jerónimo Martins in which he has co–owned since 1921.

Today, SFMS is an international holding company which manages a range of investments in distinct areas, such as distribution, manufacturing, agri-food, specialized retail, health care services, citizenship and the environment. The main role of SFMS and its shareholders is to ensure the continuity of the group with a vision for the future.

With the experience of more than four generations, Sociedade Francisco Manuel dos Santos is a group that employs more than 90 thousand people, has revenue of €15 billion and directly serves more than 300 million people in various countries.