Finnair joins industry pledge to halt endangered wildlife trafficking
Finnair has signed the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration which denounces the illegal transportation and trade of wildlife and wildlife products. The pledge also aims to increase partnerships with government authorities and conservation organizations in the fight against traffickers and smugglers of endangered animals.
“Sustainable development and corporate responsibility are an integral part of our operations as an airline and we aim to incorporate these in all our processes and product design,” says Pekka Vauramo, Chief Executive Officer, Finnair. “Signing the Buckingham Palace Declaration was a very logical next step for Finnair and we are very pleased with the industry’s efforts in putting an end to the illegal traffic of endangered wildlife.”
For several years, Finnair has refused to carry any animals or wildlife products which are contrary to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife Fauna and Flora (CITES). In 2015, Finnair took the extra step of prohibiting the transport of hunting trophies or memorabilia originating from endangered species in its cargo network.
Last March, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents 265 airlines, signed the United for Wildlife pledge. Over 20 major airlines, including Finnair, have now signed as individual signatories.
For additional information on IATA’s pledge to support the United Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration: http://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2016-06-02-05.aspx
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Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than ten million passengers annually and connecting 17 cities in Asia with more than 60 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, is the European launch customer of the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past six years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.