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Corporate Responsibility

SeaWorld Entertainment’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives identify ways the company is building a purpose-driven company to create experiences that matter and inspire people to protect animals and the wild wonders of the world. The programs showcase the actions SeaWorld is taking to ensure the health and well-being of the animals in its care, rescue and protect animals in the wild, minimize the environmental impact of its operations and create a strong culture where employees are engaged and connected to the company's mission.

Environmental Excellence Awards

With the National Science Teachers Association, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Environmental Educator of the Year provides national recognition & funding to teachers making a difference for wildlife & wild places by inspiring a new generation.

The Youth Environmental Excellence Awards recognize students making positive impacts on the planet by leading environmental education/conservation programs.


Plastic Reduction

News and studies have shown alarming consequences of the growing threat of plastics to our oceans and wildlife. The Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, estimates that eight million metrics tons of plastics enter the ocean each year, on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate the planet.

SeaWorld has been at the forefront of animal rescue and ocean conservation for more than five decades. Just part of those efforts is the reduction of single-use plastics. In fact, some SeaWorld parks removed single-use plastic straws and plastic shopping bags years, and in some cases, decades ago. In 2018, we were proud to announce that all 12 SeaWorld parks eliminated single-use plastic straws and plastic shopping bags, as part of our mission to protect animals and habitats worldwide.

Renewable Energy

SeaWorld is continuing to invest in more renewable energy, as exemplified in part by the launch of a solar array at Aquatica San Diego, which is expected to generate approximately 80 to 90 percent of the park's energy use.

Reducing Waste and Emissions

SeaWorld has lowered its greenhouse gas emissions by nine percent from 2014 to 2017 and improved recycling of waste materials by more than 50 percent over the same period. The company has also implemented a range of water conservation efforts, including harvesting rainwater, reusing water for cooling buildings, and adapting landscapes to require less water.

Responsible Food Sourcing

We are committed to providing sustainably and responsibly sourced food and beverages at our parks. Our Responsible Food Sourcing Policy outlines our commitment to partner with food suppliers that deliver products that meet or exceed sustainable, healthy and humane food standards, such as cage-free eggs and coffee sourced from vendors with programs supporting coffee sustainability. Where possible, we also partner with brands and products that share our commitment to giving back to communities, animals and/or our broader environment.

The standards include:

• Our seafood is sourced from organizations that promote environmentally responsible fishing and farming processing, and food safety practices.

• A commitment to source produce from local farms when and where possible.

• Park menus include plant-based options for guests.

• A commitment to sustainably source all coffee served to our guests and ambassadors.

• We have made a commitment to purchase commodity pork cuts from suppliers who have announced a commitment to humane farming practices.

• All eggs, including shell and liquid eggs, are sourced from cage-free chickens.