Sustainable sourcing

Our purchasing practices are of the highest calibre of professional and ethical standards. Most of the purchasing requirements for both Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon are managed by the Procurement & Aircraft Trading Department.

Building on our efforts to establish sustainable sourcing guidelines allows us to continue to examine opportunities for using alternative materials with lower environmental impacts. We aim to encourage our suppliers to improve their sustainability practices through capacity building and by sharing knowledge on best practices as part of our approach towards sustainable procurement. Our purchasing teams understand the strong need to consider sustainable purchasing and responsible supply chain practices when making decisions towards buying. We require our suppliers to provide clear, accurate and appropriate reporting of their progress in order to achieve the objectives in our Supply Chain Sustainability Code of Conduct.

Successful applications in recent years

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 sugarcane

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.

Sustainable inflight cocktail snacks and inflight catering

Our sustainability procedures extend to our inflight services, which is highlighted through our transition towards a new supplier of roasted peanuts. The new selected supplier follows the requirements to use sustainably produced palm oil as stated in our tender. Developed by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil, Certified Sustainable Palm Oil must meet a set of environmental and social criteria to help minimise any negative impacts such as deforestation whilst protecting the rights of indigenous people.

Our team also works with suppliers who assist us in expanding our inflight catering. They offer sustainably sourced seafood on a greater number of routes. In the long term, we aim to utilise alternatives with sustainability attributes. In addition, we aim to expand our support of products that adhere to the relevant sustainability credentials by organisations such as the Fairtrade Foundation, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Inflight carpets from waste material

Our new Economy Class cabin, which was first introduced in 2012, features carpets produced from regenerated nylon waste materials, such as discarded fishing nets, fabric and carpets. These have been installed across Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon wide-bodied passenger aircraft, such as the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777.

Airport lounge

In 2014, Cathay Pacific’s passenger lounge at Charles De Gaulle (CDG) Airport, Paris, was LEED® certified to the Silver level. This was highly consistent with our commitment to consider green standards for our new buildings and refurbishments. CDG was also the first airport lounge in the world to be LEED certified.

Through well thought-out new designs of the lounge, we were able to enhance energy efficiency by maximising the use of natural light. This was achieved through the use of used LED lighting and appliances, as well as the installation of movement sensors and meters, the incorporation of water efficient devices and the use of low-emitting materials.

Partnering with local community

With financial support from the Hong Kong Government’s Home Affairs Department, and in association with the Hong Kong Outlying Islands Women’s Association Limited (OIWA Limited), our subsidiary CPCS collaborated with local community service centres in Tung Chung in 2009 to establish an inflight cutlery and semi-processing vegetable facility. The aims of this initiative are to support women’s development, promote harmonious families and build inclusive communities. It provides training for full-time and part-time employment near these women’s homes, enabling them also to look after their families. Feedback from the community has been highly positive, and in 2016, approximately 45 part-time housewives were hired to work at the facility. Involving local communities by leveraging on our operations on Lantau Island aligns with the suggestions raised by stakeholders during previous focus groups, as well as last year’s focus group held with our suppliers.

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