With traceability in place, we can track every product – from catch to consumption – and we can ensure our suppliers abide by the same sustainability commitments as Thai Union.
Through transparency, combined with our broad range of initiatives to improve the sourcing of seafood, we are delivering against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal to protect and nurture life below the water. And we are also ensuring the health, productivity and resilience of the global environment now and for generations to come.
Tracing seafood throughout the supply chain will provide us with information about the operations of all our suppliers and vessels we purchase from.
By capturing this information digitally at every stage, we are able to share this with the rest of the industry, regulators, retailers and ultimately, consumers. Our traceability program also extends to all significant ingredient components as well as packaging suppliers.
At least 15% of seafood caught worldwide are illegal, and our work to reduce IUU fishing contributes to the sector’s shared international responsibility to our oceans. Through harvest control rules, stock assessments, improved catch documentation and addressing capacity in fleets; we will assess and mitigate IUU risks across all our own supply chains.
FIPs are vital to bring all of the world’s fisheries up to standards of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, which is globally recognized as the best guarantee of sustainability. A FIP is a program to transform a fishery, ensuring sustainable fish stocks, minimized environmental impacts, and improved management of the fishery. We are already active in FIPs and we will continue to monitor and report on these. In addition, we will be helping to launch new FIPs over the coming years.
Our teams purchase fish from oceans and seas across the world.
By aligning our tuna sourcing policies around the globe we will be able to maintain our high sustainability standards and traceability regardless of where we purchase our fish.
Healthy stock levels are essential – they ensure that there are seafood today and for the future. That’s as important for our business and consumers as it is for the oceans. We work closely and follow the advice of Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs), fishing authorities and regulators and NGOs such as the International Sustainable Seafood Foundation (ISSF) to assess the status of stocks in the different species and areas from which we source; this ensures we are contributing to healthy stock levels now and for generations to come.
We share the industry’s joint responsibility of ensuring marine ecosystems are healthy in order to ensure a thriving ocean economy for future generations.
We support organizations around the world in conserving and breeding vulnerable marine species such as turtles and dolphins, and continue working to improve traditional fishing methods to minimize bycatch.
We conduct annual external audits of the fleets supplying our markets; to ensure that they comply with regulations by governments, the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), and our own Thai Union code of conduct.
These regulations ensure that tuna suppliers improve the environmental performance, traceability and observation of tuna fishing in international waters.
We will fund and contribute to academic and scientific research into the development of fisheries and effective management of fish stocks to ensure that we are able to apply to draw on the latest insights and apply best practice.
Thai Union joined forces with the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to address problems of abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear worldwide.
Thai Union and WWF-UK released an annual progress report on their European partnership in 2018.
To promote transparency, Thai Union announced it would provide this progress report annually.
Thai Union has made substantial, positive progress in 2018 on its commitment as outlined in the company’s landmark agreement with Greenpeace.
As part of a personal commitment to improving the sustainability of oceans, Thiraphong Chansiri, CEO of Thai Union, competed in the Virgin London Marathon
In 2017, Thai Union launched a tuna fishery improvement project in the Indian Ocean with a series of other stakeholders.