Responsible Operations

Climate change is a threat to not only the environment, but also society and the economy.

The Paris Agreement on climate change is an indicator that managing climate change and its impacts is everyone’s business. Global environmental risks such as climate change, resource consumption and waste management have an increasingly negative impact on our oceans which in turn threatens marine species on which we depend. The way we operate has to be environmentally responsible and also show a duty of care for our workers in the way we operate. We have initiatives in place that contribute to water reduction, waste to landfill reduction, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and accident reduction. We want everyone who works for Thai Union to play an active role in delivering against our environmental and safety goals – we see safety and environmental protection as everyone’s business. We also strive to make advances in our occupational health and safety policies; continually strengthening our safety standards, procedures and processes.

Our 2020 Milestones for Responsible Operations
We will reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent (total emitted GHG per ton of production) in our factories, against our 2016 baseline.
We will reduce water consumption in our plants around the world by 20 percent (total cubic meter of consumed water per ton of production), against our 2016 baseline.
We will reduce our waste sent to landfills by 20 percent (ton of generated waste to landfill per ton of production), against our 2016 baseline.
We will ensure 100 percent of our branded packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
We will ensure the safety of everyone at our sites around the world by targeting a 0.5 Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) for every 200,000 hours worked.

Our Key Initiatives to Achieve
Responsible Operations

Our Progress Towards Achieving
Responsible Operations

Thai Union’s waste reduction project saves energy

We continuously look to identify suppliers that can utilize or transform our waste and byproducts into energy for use in their processes.

Thai Union puts effort into segregating, reusing and recycling our waste to reduce the volume that goes to the landfill. We continuously look to identify suppliers that can utilize or transform our waste and byproducts into energy for use in their processes.

For example, we send our stickers, which normally go to the landfill, to one of our suppliers for energy production. At Songkla Canning, we reduced the amount of sludge going to the landfill from our wastewater treatment plant by about 28 percent in 2017; this was done by returning an optimized volume of sludge to a digester tank.

Center of Excellence in Thailand: Environment, Health and Safety

Employees’ skills and competencies are significant factors in building a culture of safety at Thai Union.

We realize that employees’ skills and competencies are significant factors in building a culture of safety at Thai Union. As such, we established the Center of Excellence in Thailand: Environment, Health and Safety in February 2017 to serve as the EHS learning hub for all Thai Union employees. More than 3,000 employees participated in the center’s courses in 2017, which are offered in Thai, English and Burmese to better facilitate the comprehension of our diverse employees. In 2018, we plan to expand our EHS capacity building services to the public by making them available to other Thai and migrant workers in the region. We hope this will improve the EHS awareness, skills and competencies of people outside Thai Union, too, especially among migrant workers.

Global Innovation Incubator’s sustainable packaging initiatives

Sustainable packaging will help achieve Thai Union’s goals for carbon footprint reduction and environmentally-friendly packaging.

Sustainable packaging is an important element of our innovation work. As part of our Global Innovation Incubator’s science and research pillar, we investigate and develop technological advancements to improve the sustainability and convenience of product packaging. By exploring sustainable packaging in our innovation research, we ensure a continuous pipeline of improvements, which will help achieve Thai Union’s goals for carbon footprint reduction and environmentally-friendly packaging.

Sun Seeker Project generates solar energy

Thai Union knew that putting solar panels on the unused rooftops of our production plants would create benefits.

Thai Union knew that putting solar panels on the unused rooftops of our production plants would create benefits for the countries where our plants are located by increasing the national proportion of alternative energy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With this in mind, we surveyed our plants’ rooftops in several countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Seychelles, and we identified many appropriate sites for implementation.

In 2017, the first location we selected for a pilot Power Purchased Agreement (PPA) project was Thai Union Factory’s 10,000 square meter cold storage rooftop in Samut Sakhon Province. We chose this facility for its high level of energy production at 3,300 kWh per day, and because the electrical load is steady enough for day-to-day operations and the roof is newer, compared to other locations. As part of the project, we installed 2,970 solar panels with a total power capacity of 935.55 kWh— approximately 1,300,000 kWh per year—which can reduce GHG emissions by 720 tons of CO2 equivalent per year. The project also reduced accumulated heat in the plant’s buildings, and thus air conditioning power consumption.

In 25 years, the total renewable energy produced from this solar rooftop project will be approximately 33,123,000 kWh, and the total GHG emissions reduction will be about 19,000 tons. The success of this pilot project serves as a model for other organizations and has generated significant interest for site visits from domestic and international government and private sector representatives.

Safety design assessment for employees

Thai Union assessed our workplace to identify any potential improvements to our employees’ safety in 2017.

Thai Union assessed our workplace to identify any potential improvements to our employees’ safety in 2017. We believe a safe workplace begins with the right safety design. Several engineering projects were executed in 2017 to improve our workplace safety, including fire protection, machine safety, ergonomics and a safe refrigeration system. To help implement our workplace safety design, we issued Thai Union guidelines demonstrating the principles of “Doing-Right-at- First,” which covers the required steps of the project’s execution and ensures integration of safety considerations.

Thai Union, Clinton Climate Initiative clean energy project

Thai Union officially broke ground on a wastewater and biogas project at our Indian Ocean Tuna (IOT) Seychelles facility.

Thai Union, in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), officially broke ground on a wastewater and biogas project at our Indian Ocean Tuna (IOT) Seychelles facility in 2017. This project will cut carbon emissions and reduce energy costs while generating clean electricity and cleaner wastewater. CCI, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, has been working with Thai Union to provide technical and advisory support on the project since 2013.

This project will address a number of clean energy needs:

  • As one of the largest tuna processing factories in the world, IOT is Seychelles’ largest electricity user;
  • Most of Seychelles’ energy is generated from imported diesel fuel, which is unsustainable, both environmentally and financially;
  • This new wastewater and biogas project will help IOT increase its alternative energy sources and decrease its dependence on oil.
Read more Progress Reports