Ascott Limited is a powerhouse in Asia’s hospitality scene, offering over 118,000 units in serviced residences, hotels, and more across 30 countries. 

Lever’s Asia-based team approached Ascott to introduce the company’s executives to the issue of caged eggs. After months of constant engagement with them, Lever persuaded the company to switch to using only cage-free eggs in two key markets: Malaysia and the Philippines. 

In the Philippines, Ascott manages 19 properties, with eight more set to open by 2023 in cities like Quezon City, Greenhills, Laguna, Davao, and Cebu. The company’s Country Manager in the Philippines, Philip Barnes, recently announced its commitment to using only cage-free eggs in all F&B operations by 2025, reflecting its core value of caring for communities and the environment. In Malaysia, Ascott owns eleven properties across its brands – Ascott, Somerset & Citadines. The goal of sourcing only cage-free eggs aligns with the company’s sustainability journey and will benefit thousands of egg-laying hens in the company’s supply chain.

Ascott’s commitment wouldn’t have been possible without Lever. Lever’s Asia-based team worked tirelessly to engage with Ascott’s executives and build trust by understanding the local context and cultural nuances. This work undoubtedly reflects the importance of having a strong local presence to drive positive change and promote animal welfare in the hospitality industry. As Ascott’s journey towards more sustainable and humane sourcing has just begun, Lever will continue to work with the company in other markets to push for the same cage-free commitment.


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