NCL sets goals for animal welfare

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08:00:43 - June 19, 2022

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, the global cruise company that operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, is expanding its commitment to responsible application sourcing practices, to include partnering on legal, ethical, and humane treatment of animals in its supply chain.

To support the company’s global sustainability programme, Sail & Sustain, NCL has increased its strength with new standards and targets aimed at promoting benefits for animals and sourcing applications based on key areas: chicken, eggs, pork, and seafood.

Animal welfare is important to the company and its stakeholders. The company also encourages its service providers to implement procedures to prevent the mistreatment of animals.

Accordingly, the target is to purchase 100% of chicken purchased from US and Canadian suppliers that meet Global Animal Partnership (GAP) standards by 2024. NCL is currently in step-by-step implementation of purchasing policies for chickens using standards from GAP. These standards define humane treatment for chicken housing and processing. By 2024, NCL plans to purchase all chicken in the US and Canada from qualified GAP suppliers.

100% target for cage-free eggs from US suppliers by the end of 2025. For laying hens, a cage-free system is more humane because it allows greater freedom of movement and space to express more natural behaviors. That’s why the company continues to identify and encourage U.S.-based suppliers to use cage-free environments for their hens.

100% target for non-pregnant pork by 2025. NCL is actively engaging with its suppliers to provide only pork products raised without the use of gestational crates.

100% certified sustainable seafood by 2025. This company has been gained for the progress of purchasing all seafood from certified sources. More than half of their seafood purchases worldwide are certified by accredited bodies such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), and the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), or the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), in 2019.

The company is working with suppliers to increase the availability of cage-free eggs, GAP-certified chicken, non-pregnant pork and certified sustainable seafood. If the necessary supplies to achieve these goals are not available, the company will continue to work with its supply partners to further expand product availability. Additionally, the company plans to provide updates on progress toward these goals in its annual Environmental, Social & Governance report.

NCL sets goals for animal welfare


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