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 sustainability reports: 


Read our latest Sustainability report:

2021 Sustainability Report


Read also our previous reports:


2020 Sustainability Report

2019 Sustainability Report

Reducing Environmental Impact

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 measures 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 Environmental Impact

Carbon Neutral | MSC Cruises

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

In 2018 we identified 112 single-use plastic items that represented the majority of our plastic waste and by the end of 2019 had replaced each of them with an environmentally-friendly alternative.

We have eliminated all single-use plastic accessories from our bars and restaurants (such as plates, glasses and cutlery) as well as all single-use plastic wrapped food and beverage items (like ketchup sachets and yoghurts served in plastic pots).

Our suppliers have fully supported us, moving quickly and positively away from plastics to supplies made from other materials. We have also introduced a programme of work to reduce the amount of packaging used to bring items aboard.

This is an ongoing journey and when technology doesn’t yet allow for sustainable non-plastic substitution, MSC Cruises wants to ensure all remaining disposable plastic waste items are recycled correctly.

Close collaboration with our suppliers ensured the elimination of 97 million plastic items in 2019.

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Eliminating single-use plastics | MSC Cruises

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 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.

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.