Our responsible sourcing mission is to support our company’s strategy, long-term profitability and sustainable growth. We are committed to working with diverse partners across the supply chain to source safe, high quality, ethically responsible and sustainable products for our guests. We recognize the economic, environmental and social impact of our large global network of suppliers and expect our suppliers to share our values to drive a positive environmental and social impact, as outlined in our Supplier Code of Conduct.
We are deeply committed to sourcing safe, high-quality food. Doing so includes the proper treatment of animals throughout our supply chain. We collaborate with suppliers to establish our expectations of ethical, legal, and humane treatment of animals and require our suppliers to follow all regulations and laws governing the safe and humane treatment of animals. We expect our suppliers to pursue and adopt methods and technologies to improve welfare for animals.
In support of our global sustainability program, Sail & Sustain, we strengthened efforts with new standards and goals to promote animal welfare and sustainable sourcing across four key areas: chicken, eggs, pork and seafood.
- 100% target for chicken purchased from suppliers in the U.S. and Canada who meet GAP standards by 2024: The Company is currently phasing in updated purchasing policies for chicken using standards from the Global Animal Partnership (GAP). These standards define humane treatment for chicken housing and processing.
- 100% target for cage-free eggs from global suppliers by end of 2025: For laying hens, cage-free confinement systems are considered to be more humane as they allow greater freedom of movement and space to express more natural behaviors than conventional methods. That’s why the Company continues to identify and encourage its suppliers to use cage-free environments for their hens. On the path to its 100% target, the Company expects to reach ~25% of its sourcing from U.S. suppliers in 2022, 50% of sourcing from global suppliers in 2023 and 75% of its sourcing from global suppliers in 2024.
- 100% target for gestation crate-free pork by 2025: The Company is actively engaging with its suppliers to source only pork products that have been raised without the use of gestation crates.
- 100% target for certified sustainable seafood by 2025: The Company has made strong progress to purchase all seafood from certified sustainable sources. More than half of our worldwide seafood purchases was certified by a recognized certification authority, such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), or the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), in 2019.
In instances where supply chain insufficiencies, uncertainties or constraints impact our ability to meet these targets, we will modify as necessary and share this information accordingly.
Eliminating Single-Use Plastics
We have strong focus on reducing and eventually eliminating single-use plastics across our three brands. As part of this vision, the various initiatives in place have resulted in the elimination of over 14 million single-use plastic water bottles and 51 million plastic straws.
Sail & Sustain Cocktail
We’ve partnered with BarLab to develop eco-friendly cocktails. Our guests can enjoy drinks made with surplus ingredients such as pineapple rinds, orange peels, spent coffee grounds and more. Pulp, skins, seeds, pits, leaves, stems and roots are all ingredients that may normally find themselves in the landfill but instead could be used to create these unique, delicious and nutritious cocktails.
Engaging on Climate Action
We implemented a climate-related supplier engagement strategy and in 2020 began reaching out to our top suppliers to collect climate-related information. We initially targeted our top suppliers, representing ~40% of 2020 procurement spend, to gather information that can be used to further our partnership on this important issue, and continued this effort in 2021. We are currently exploring ways to expand this engagement and capture additional information when onboarding suppliers.
More than 200 new, healthy plant-based dishes were rolled out on Oceania Cruises in 2019 and on Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 2021, offering the most extensive and creative plant-based menus at sea. The talent culinary team is providing these healthy and lower environmental impact menu selections at breakfast, lunch and dinner, in addition to the already expansive gourmet offerings.
We recognize the value and importance of a diverse supplier base and are committed to facilitate, promote and encourage the growth of small businesses and businesses owned by diverse and/or economically disadvantaged populations.
Though global voyage suspensions significantly impacted spending in 2020 and 2021, approximately 39% of our total U.S. supply chain spending was with small businesses or businesses with minority, veteran or economically disadvantaged qualifications.
*The reported spend represents an estimate based on available data at the time of publication