Foodpanda HK pledges to cut all shark, ray products from platform
According to WWF-Hong Kong, up to 100 million sharks are killed every year.
Foodpanda Hong Kong has pledged to ban and remove all shark, ray and skate products from its platforms, following a partnership with World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong.
As of March 2021, the delivery platform has already removed more than 500 shark-related items from the menus of 145 restaurant partners. Policies and regular checks have also been put in place to ensure that such items do not appear on its menus.
Foodpanda’s signing of WWF-Hong Kong’s No Shark and Ray Corporate Policy also applies to its Pandamart and Foodpanda mall platforms.
According to WWF-Hong Kong, up to 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year, whilst over 40% of the global shark fin trade happens in Hong Kong.
“Removing shark related products from our platform is a key step towards foodpanda becoming a more environmentally conscious business, and I am proud for us to be the first local delivery platform to do so,” said Ryan Lai, managing director of Foodpanda Hong Kong.
“As a Hong Konger for more than 30 years, I have witnessed growing awareness towards the harms of shark finning, especially amongst the younger generations and I believe it is absolutely crucial that foodpanda addresses this important topic and drive positive change through our business.”
Apart from the shark fin ban, Foodpanda also joined WWF-Hong Kong’s “Plastic ACTion” initiative early last year, pledging to phase out all single-use plastic tableware and implementing a default opt-out option for single-use plastic cutlery. As of June 1, over 50 million sets of cutlery were saved from being sent to landfill, the platform said.