Luxembourg-based Cargolux has signed the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products, a reflection of the airline’s engagement towards ethical and sustainable business as well as its commitment to animal welfare.
The statement made in good faith, is not legally binding but serves as a symbolic milestone in the fight against trafficking and illegal trade. The detailed clauses ensure the airline recognizes the devastating impact of illegal wildlife trade, and will not take part or facilitate it in any way.
“We are proud to add this declaration to the number of steps that have been taken by Cargolux to fight the illegal trade of animals and animal parts. We are strongly committed to promoting and taking part in conservational and environmental efforts. As a key player, it is our job to set the standard for an ethical and sustainable industry”, says Richard Forson, President and CEO of Cargolux.
Illegal wildlife trade is one of the five most lucrative organized crime networks worldwide and comprising international schemes. The transport industry is often unknowingly involved and pledges such as this one serve as an additional commitment to increased vigilance along the logistical chain.
The United for Wildlife foundation welcomes Cargolux engagement and enhances the importance of transport companies in the fight against trafficking. Robert Campbell, Program Manager at the United for Wildlife Taskforce states: “By forming partnerships such as the one we have with Cargolux, United for Wildlife is bringing new voices to the conservation discussion to identify and implement solutions. The Transport Taskforce brings together transport stakeholders, including key airlines, with law enforcement and other agencies to facilitate action led by the private sector.”
Over the years, Cargolux has developed an expanding list of items that it refuses to carry, on any of its network routes, for ethical reasons. These initiatives are implemented in line with a company philosophy strongly geared towards Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability for all stakeholders.
As part of its Live Animal transportation policy, the airline operates in full compliance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
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