From large mechanical parts for our ships to ingredients to feed thousands of people at a time, down to the smallest details, like toiletries, and medical items, we need to buy a huge amount of supplies for our fleet, crew and guests.

Managing environmental, social and ethical issues in our supply chain is critical, and we take a robust approach to this across all areas of procurement.

Read our sustainability reports: 

Reducing Environmental Impact

We are working in partnership with our suppliers to raise environmental standards. All employees involved in any purchasing, sourcing and contracting activity must commit themselves to raising awareness among our suppliers on how to reduce any environmental impacts linked to their production chain, operation and final products.
This includes reducing energy consumption, cutting plastic use, preventing air, ground and water pollution, the safe handling, storage and disposal of chemicals and hazardous waste, and ensuring that workers and employees handling hazardous waste are adequately trained.

In 2019, we substituted more than 420 tonnes of cod and hake with Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable seafood sources.

Reducing Environmental Impact

Carbon Neutral | MSC Cruises

Reducing reliance on plastics

In November 2020, MSC Cruises signed the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Single Use Plastic Charter. This commits the business, along with 28 other signatories, to eliminate single-use plastics. 

In 2019, we had already announced the elimination of 97 million single-use plastic items from our ship operations. In 2020, however, we introduced a number of single-use items that contain plastic to ensure the continued safety of crew and guests in line with our strict Health & Safety Protocol. This included: using significant quantities of personal protective equipment (PPE); serving packed lunches to crew in quarantine; and materials resulting from our testing procedures.

However, it is not anticipated that this will impact our long-term commitment as we seek non-plastic alternatives for the long term, with strict procedures in place to ensure that any single-use plastic items or packaging is fully justified, with evidence that no viable alternatives are available.

We continue to work with our supply chain to seek plastic-free alternatives for products and packaging.

Reducing reliance on plastics

Eliminating single-use plastics | MSC Cruises

Promoting Local Sourcing

Our programme, ‘Local as First Choice’, aims to localise our procurement activities and support local community livelihoods. While the benefits of local sourcing are clear where fresh food is concerned, there are also benefits for non-food items, as it reduces the distance that items must travel before they reach us, lowering carbon emissions.

In 2019 approximately 80% of food and beverage items were sourced locally, close to where the ships operate.

Promoting Local Sourcing


For us Sustainability means protecting the environment, supporting the people who work with us and choose to travel with us,
as well as the communities and places that we visit and do business with.

Discover our sustainability programme organised around four key pillars: Planet, People, Place and Procurement.