CHICAGO - August 07, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today a global initiative to increase procurement of responsibly sourced seafood at Hyatt hotels, starting with an initial goal of responsibly sourcing more than 50 percent of their inventory by 2018. As a part of this effort, Hyatt will also work toward purchasing more than 15 percent of its seafood supply from fisheries or farms that have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). This is the first phase of a long-term seafood sustainability strategy in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a leading global conservation organization, to build on Hyatt's existing environmental stewardship. The partnership also focuses on enhancing the sustainability of seafood sourcing at Hyatt hotels by eliminating the procurement of highly vulnerable seafood species.
"We are deeply focused on improving the health of our planet and our communities by implementing sustainable practices, and we hope that this effort to responsibly source more than 50 percent of seafood purchased by our hotels by 2018 will set a new standard for the hospitality industry," said Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. "Not only is fishing an important livelihood in many of the communities where Hyatt hotels operate, but many people around the world rely on fish as a primary source of protein, making it essential to help protect the world's oceans. As we continue to live out our mission of making a difference in the lives of the people we touch every day, and demonstrate care in everything we do, these overarching goals and call-to-action show our dedication to acting responsibly and doing what is best for our colleagues, guests, and owners."
After a year-long engagement with WWF and an assessment of global seafood procurement processes at Hyatt hotels, Hyatt has identified the following initiatives to improve the sustainability of Hyatt hotels' seafood sourcing practices and standards:
"Despite a growing momentum to conserve sharks, catch rates remain far too high in most shark fisheries, and populations, particularly of the larger species, continue to drop," said Dr. Andy Cornish, Global Shark Program Leader, WWF. "Reducing demand in consumer markets in Asia for shark fin is a critically important part of the equation to arrest the declines, and Hyatt's great example of corporate leadership will make all the difference."
"Hyatt has the opportunity to set a new standard for the industry and play a critical role in showing demand for responsibly sourced seafood," said Caroline Tippett, Director of Seafood Engagement, WWF. "We look forward to working with Hyatt in an effort to ensure more sustainable sourcing through global buying practices at Hyatt hotels and through its training efforts for its colleagues worldwide. Hyatt's ban on shark fin from food and beverage offerings will also help protect valuable shark species that are crucial for maintaining the health of our marine ecosystems."
The collaboration represents Hyatt's ongoing effort to further its industry-leading food and beverage philosophy, Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served, which is focused on providing food and beverage options that are good for people, the planet, and local communities around the world. It also ties into Hyatt's corporate responsibility platform, Hyatt Thrive, which focuses on making local communities around the world places where colleagues are proud to work, where guests want to visit, where neighbors want to live and where owners want to invest.
The term "Hyatt" is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
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