Marina Bays Sands and WWF embark on sustainability partnership
The partnership was announced at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at MBS this week, in front of international media and attendees at ITB Asia 2017.
With a primary focus on seafood and ocean conservation, the partnership will see MBS and WWF develop measurable goals to improve responsible procurement of seafood within the resort.
Asia consumes two-thirds of the global fish catch and over-fishing to meet this demand is now the single biggest threat to oceans. In Singapore, three out of four common seafood species are unsustainable. Through this partnership, MBS aims to have 50 per cent of its total seafood by volume responsibly sourced by 2020.
MBS senior vice president hotel operations Ian Wilson said due to the amount of people that stay, dine and attend conferences at the resort, MBS is in a position to make a significant impact on seafood sustainability
“Each year the integrated resort procures up to four million kilograms of seafood for both staff and guest alike,” he said.
“Today’s announcement of our partnership with WWF is the beginning of an even more rigorous process that will allow us to achieve aggressive targets.
“The partnership covers broad areas including transforming MBS’ responsible seafood supply chain, support for aquaculture improvement programs and WWF’s endorsement of the integrated resort’s packages and offerings.
“In the area of responsible consumption our goal is to procure 100 per cent of our top 10 species of seafood from MSC and AFC source by 2020.”
WWF-Singapore CEO Elaine Tan said it has been an “exhilarating” 15 months working with MBS.
“What initially started out as a shared concern has been shaped into tangible measurable goals on sustainable seafood,” she said.
“In the long term sustainable aquaculture practices will help improve marine reef environments and protect populations of iconic marine species. Most importantly it preserves our marine environment and ensures that we can continue to feed ourselves in years to come.”