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Cathay Pacific publishes Sustainable Development Cargo Carriage Policy

Cathay Pacific publishes Sustainable Development Cargo Carriage Policy

Cathay Pacific today published its Sustainable Development Cargo Carriage Policy. As a socially and environmentally responsible company, the airline is committed to taking a more sustainable development path for ourselves and future generations. We recognise the importance of conserving, and where possible enhancing, species diversity and that we have a responsibility not to facilitate trade in any flora or fauna or their produce that may threaten the sustainability of any species.

The introduction of this new policy allows our different stakeholder groups to gain a holistic understanding of where Cathay Pacific stands in doing our part to protect the environment in the area of cargo carriage.

In 2015, Cathay Pacific placed an embargo on the transportation of any hunting trophies and in 2016, we implemented strict policies which ban the carriage of shark fin and ivory products.

Cathay Pacific has been working with industry associations, conservation organisations, academia, and various stakeholder groups and experts in developing specific handling guidelines and policies.  

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Hong Kong was our partner in developing our Greyhounds Carriage Policy. While, TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, has helped us to develop our Shark and Shark-related Carriage Policy, and is part of a group of experts that offers advice whenever we receive related shipment requests.

Scientific findings and research is on-going. The determination of good practice is a dynamic process. It means that this Policy will evolve over time. Cathay Pacific recognises that any policy is only as good as it is practicable and enforceable. The airline will continue to engage with our customers and agencies to ensure that this Policy is understood, supported, and updated.

For full details of the policy, please click here.