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Sustainable design and buying

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More than just flying

At Virgin Atlantic, we buy all sorts of things and we aim to do this in a way that minimises damage to the environment and has a positive impact on society.

First we ask suppliers to sign our comprehensive Responsible Supplier Policy, covering people, animal and environmental issues. We’re also members of Sedex, so we can use their model and expertise to promote positive labour practices in our supply chains. And as well as focusing on our highest spend areas (such as aircraft and fuel), we do a deep dive into other areas. For example, in 2013 we were the first airline to partner with the Sustainable Restaurant Association to improve the sustainability standards of the 12 million meals we serve onboard every year, which has made great gains over the years.   

We also have an Ethical Carriage of Cargo Policy that covers what our aircraft carry as freight. We don’t carry live animals or commodities without a valid import/export or CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) licence. And refuse to carry a number of commodities outright, such as shark fins, ivory, hunting trophies and fur products.

You can read more about all of these initiatives and our results in our latest Change is in the Air report, as well as keeping up to date with our latest stories on our news pages