Hilton progresses toward seafood sustainability goals

Published on
June 13, 2017

Hilton has made progress towards its commitment to source all of its sustainable seafood sourcing goals, including 100 percent compliance with its goals by 2022.

The global company, which operates more than 5,000 hotels, detailed progress towards its seafood sustainability goals in a new report.

Hilton became the first global hotel company to achieve Marine Stewardship Council group certification for 60 owned, leased and managed hotels it operates in Europe. In addition, Hilton Singapore was the first hotel in the world to receive Chain of Custody certification for MSC and Aquaculture Stewardship Council-certified seafood.

The hotel conglomerate also paired with major foodservice distributor Sysco on a national shrimp program “to assist us in reaching our 2022 goals,” the company said in a statement.

Since announcing the commitment in 2016, Hilton also selected and analyzed available seafood purchasing data across more than 350 hotels, 500 suppliers and 57 species groups, to establish a baseline of its seafood purchasing data.

In addition, Hilton rolled out training materials on responsible sourcing and sustainable seafood to its employees across the world, it said.

“We are committed to addressing the environmental and social impacts of our supply chain – beginning with where we can have a tangible positive impact: seafood,” said Maxime Verstraete, vice president of corporate responsibility for Hilton.

By 2022, Hilton commits to source at least 25 percent of its  total global seafood procurement volume from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified fisheries and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)-certified farms.

The remainder of its seafood items will be purchased from fisheries and farms that have entered into the official process of full assessment for certification against MSC or ASC standards, comprehensive fishery improvement projects, aquaculture improvement projects aiming to meet the ASC standards, and species listed as “green” on WWF seafood guides. 

“For tuna products, we will also source from International Seafood Sustainability Foundation-participating companies,” Hilton said in the report. 

Hilton has also pledge to eliminate the procurement of endangered species, as identified by WWF.

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