Sustainable sourcing

Sustainable sourcing matters

We work with over 1,000 suppliers globally, dealing with a vast range of purchases across the 189 destinations in which we serve, from aircraft and fuel to office supplies and uniforms. Working with our suppliers is key to delivering products and services to our customers in a sustainable fashion.

We recognise that the effort our suppliers put forward on integrating sustainable development principles and practices into their businesses plays an important role in our overall performance towards sustainability. This is closely related to our strengths within operational efficiency and aids us in managing our risks.

What do our stakeholders think

The sustainability of supply chains has grown in importance over the recent years, as businesses tend to look beyond the impacts and performances of their immediate day-to-day operations. In this business climate, stakeholders are increasingly looking for us to incorporate green purchasing guidelines into environmental and sustainability policies, and to show a more integrated view towards environmental and sustainable development management across the business value chain. We are also expected to train employees to use these sustainable procurement guidelines and gain a deeper understanding of supplier practices.

Performance update


Blankets made from recycled plastic bottles

In 2016, Cathay Pacific introduced new blankets for our Economy Class passengers that are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Each year we use over 450,000 blankets, and therefore this initiative enables us to contribute significantly towards the reduction of plastic waste.

Napkins made from sugar cane

We introduced a new type of napkin that is more environmentally friendly, yet does not compromise on size, thickness and overall product quality. This new cocktail napkin, introduced to customers in November 2016, is made from 70% sugarcane and 30% wood pulp.

SEDEX oneworld procurement

As a founding member of oneworld, the oneworld Procurement Best Practises Working Group – CSR was established in 2015 to understand how each member airline currently manages sustainability risk in their supply chains and share best practices.

In 2016, we focused on expanding our SEDEX usage across the oneworld alliance membership group and will be leveraging the collaborative platform to gather valuable actionable corporate responsibility data from our supply chain in the near future.