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 latest Sustainability report:

2021 Sustainability Report


Read also our previous reports:


2020 Sustainability Report

2019 Sustainability Report

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.

Our procurement team continues to look for opportunities to make our systems and processes more efficient and sustainable.

Reducing Environmental Impact

Carbon Neutral | MSC Cruises

Reducing reliance on plastics

MSC Cruises signed the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Single Use Plastic Charter. This commits the business, along with 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 and 2021, we introduced a number of single-use items that contain plastic relating to extensive onboard COVID-19 testing of crew and guests. As soon as these new meausres are relieved, we expect to be able to reduce single-use plastic down to 2019 levels.

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


Reducing reliance on plastics

Sustainable Procurement Committee

 In 2021, we created a new committee dedicated to making sure that our approach to procurement has a positive impact on society and minimizes damage to the environment.

Part of the committee’s remit is to standardise our approach so we can use similar KPIs across our business. For instance, we are introducing best practice approaches that mean that the teams that procure food and beverages will operate in a similar way to our technical procurement teams.

We continue to look for ways to simplify the extensive logistics required to ensure the timely delivery of products to our ships.

Sustainable Procurement Committee


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.