Every year, we need to procure thousands of different items to run our operations, from engine parts to hand soap, crew uniforms to food and drink. Then we must get it on to our fleet of ships, which are constantly on the move.
Our procurement teams do a phenomenal job of building relationships with suppliers all over the world to satisfy our requirements, all the while prioritising sustainable and ethical choices.

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.

Reducing plastics

We continue to work with our supply chain to seek plastic-free alternatives for products and packaging. We are not using single-use plastics in our buffet restaurants and no straws on our ships are made of traditional plastic. Our goal is to eliminate single-use plastics across all our operations.

MSC Cruises signed the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Single Use Plastic Charter. This commits the business, along with 28 other signatories, to eliminate single-use plastics.

It’s one small part of our efforts to reduce waste on board, along with our efficient recycling systems available on all our ships that help sort, recycle and reuse as much waste as possible across our fleet.

Sustainable Procurement Committee

We created a new committee dedicated to making sure that our approach to procurement has a positive impact on society and minimises 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.


Our sustainability programme is organized around four key pillars: PlanetPeoplePlace and Procurement

Browse our Sustainability reports and find out what we do to promote sustainable cruising.

Report 2022

Report 2021

Report 2020