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 waste sent to landfills by 20% (ton of generated waste to landfill per ton of production), against our 2016 baseline.
We will reduce water consumption in our plants around the world by 20% (total cubic meter of consumed water per ton of production), against our 2016 baseline.
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.
We will reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% (total emitted GHG per ton of production) in our factories, against our 2016 baseline.

Our Key Initiatives to Achieve
Responsible Operations

Our Progress Towards Achieving
Responsible Operations

Reducing GHG emissions in Thailand

Supporting the local GHG reduction scheme in Thailand.

In 2017 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to participate in the Thailand Voluntary Emission Trading Scheme (Thailand V-ETS). The scheme brings together the private and public sector to monitor, report and verify GHG emissions in Thailand. This MOU is a critical step in understanding and agreeing on the importance of establishing environmental targets as an effective tool for combatting climate change.

Exploring alternative energy sources

Improving our technology and processes is helping us to deliver against our 30% GHG reduction commitment.

In 2014, we conducted an energy audit to understand the consumption sources; explored alternative energy sources such as bio-gas, solar, wind and biomass; increased our energy efficiency; and used innovations in technology to reduce energy consumption. In 2015, Songkla Canning Company replaced using fuel oil in its steam production to biomass energy, which resulted in energy reduction of 124,570.4 GJ per year.

Our Business Ethics and Code of Conduct

Our Business Ethics and Code of Conduct has a focus on protecting workers’ health and workplace safety, and environmental performance.

In 2015 we updated our stringent Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct and in 2016 started rolling this out to suppliers globally. It is applied to all of our group companies and business partners, and has a focus on the protection of workers’ health and workplace safety, as well as environmental performance in our own operations and those of our supply chain partners.

Our Code of Conduct is available in 19 languages at: http://www.thaiunion.com/en/sustainability/sustainability-at-thai-union/code-of-conduct 

Improving freezing processes and facilities

Freezing is one of our major sources of energy consumption. Improving our equipment and processes is delivering against our 30% CO2 reduction commitment.

In 2015 we have undertaken a number of measures that have improved the efficiency of freezing. New working practices have reduced the time needed to load tuna into our freezers and smaller doors with integrated air curtains prevent air leaking from our freezers. We have also reduced the moisture in packed tuna as high humidity leads to higher electricity consumption by the cooling system. The combination of all these initiatives has reduced our annual energy consumption by 5,234 GJ.

Reducing accidents and injuries

Our focus on standardizing safety practices and behavior has led to improvements on our lost-time injuries frequency rate (LTIFR).

In 2015, our ongoing focus on standardizing safety practices saw year-on-year improvement in our LTIFR (Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate), from 0.77 in 2014 to 0.7 in 2015 (per 200,000 work hours).

Promoting environmental awareness

Our ‘Garbage Bank’ program gets staff involved in our environmental program and raises funds to support the local communities.

In 2014 we established our ‘Garbage Bank’ program to reduce waste by encourage reusing and recycling; developing alternative materials that are more eco-friendly; and implementing alternative disposal methods. The program helped staff become more aware of waste, both at home and at work. Through collaboration with all levels of staff within our facilities, we collect plastic waste from our facilities and sell it to responsible recyclers. In 2015, our operations in Thailand raised 59,010 Thai bhat which has been used to fund community projects including planting mangroves, a lunch program for local children and support to victims of flooding in Myanmar.

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