Hilton Worldwide is leading the pack in large-scale hotel sustainability once again with the announcement that the company will end its use of cages for egg-laying chickens and gestation crates for breeding pigs in its global food supply chain. Hilton joined with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the largest animal protection organisation in the USA, in announcing the animal welfare related menu changes.
Initially all hotels in the Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton brands will be required to switch all egg usage to cage-free by the end of 2017, ensuring that chickens are not confined in cages. All pork products must be purchased from suppliers that house breeding pigs in groups rather than gestation crates by the end of 2018. The more humane changes will apply in 19 countries at first, and will be adopted in additional markets as supply comes online. The pork and egg supply changes form part of the company’s global responsible sourcing strategy, which includes a focus on animal welfare. Last year, Hilton announced a global ban of the sale of shark fin in all owned and managed properties.
“Hilton Worldwide’s new animal welfare commitment will substantially improve countless animals’ lives,” said Josh Balk, senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States.
“We welcome Hilton Worldwide’s leadership and look forward to helping the company progress in its work to make life better for farm animals,” said Balk.
Hilton Worldwide vice president, corporate responsibility, Jennifer Silberman said, ”We are committed to addressing key issues throughout our business and supply chain and responsibly serving our guests and communities in a range of areas.”
“With more than 2,000 restaurants in our global footprint, our goal is to have a considerable impact on sustainable sourcing in our industry as well as drive humane treatment of animals throughout our supply chain.”
Sustainable Hotel News congratulates Hilton on their environmental and humane announcement. Let’s hope we hear more global hotel corporations are taking animal cruelty off the menu.