Hyatt Announces Major Global Initiative to Source Seafood Responsibly in Partnership with World Wildlife Fund
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:
- Hyatt will focus on the procurement of responsibly sourced farmed and wild-caught seafood at Hyatt hotels globally, with an initial emphasis on key species such as salmon, shrimp, grouper, Chilean sea bass, and tuna. This will include a clear preference for seafood sourced from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified fisheries and farms and those involved in Fishery or Aquaculture Improvement Projects. Hyatt will also identify other sustainable sources of seafood in collaboration with WWF.
- A complete ban on the consumption and procurement of shark fin at all Hyatt restaurants and food and beverage outlets globally. This builds on Hyatt's commitment in 2012 to remove shark fin from all restaurant menus. Any banquets and event bookings made beforeMay 15, 2014 that include shark fin will be honored.
- In addition to banning shark fin, Hyatt will seek to reduce and systematically eliminate sourcing of other highly vulnerable seafood species identified by WWF.
- Hyatt colleagues involved in food and beverage offerings at the company's owned and managed full service hotels will participate in a comprehensive sustainable seafood training program developed in collaboration with WWF.
- Hyatt will measure global performance and progress of these efforts with the support of WWF analysis and recommendations.
"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.
About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 12 premier brands and 679 properties in 54 countries, as of September 30, 2016. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to create value for shareholders, build relationships with guests and attract the best colleagues in the industry. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences and vacation ownership properties, including under the Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Andaz®, Hyatt Centric®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt™, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™ and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names and have locations on six continents. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.