Responsible Sourcing

Traceability is the key to improving the transparency and operational practices of the entire seafood industry.

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.

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Our 2020 Milestones for Responsible Sourcing
Traceability is the backbone of seafood sustainability. We will be able to trace each of our products back to its source – from the boat that caught it or the pond that produced it – allowing us to monitor the operations, actions and labor conditions of our suppliers.
Our branded tuna will be responsibly sourced from fisheries that are either Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified, or engaged in Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) to move them towards MSC certification. We will aim to achieve a minimum of 75% by the end of 2020.

Our Key Initiatives to Achieve
Responsible Sourcing

Our Commitments

Our Tuna Commitment

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Our Progress Towards Achieving
Responsible Sourcing

Supporting sustainable tuna fishing in the Indian Ocean

As a key partner of the tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in the Indian Ocean, we will work to meet the sustainability standard set by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

In 2016, we signed a letter by WWF that encouraged member countries of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) to engage in a tuna FIP and work towards MSC certification of the fishery. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2016 by the governments of Seychelles and Mauritius, WWF, Thai Union and Princes, indicating their interest to establish the Indian Ocean tuna FIP. The FIP will be active in 2017 and will focus on the key areas of sustainable sourcing – healthy fish stocks, minimal and reversible impact on ecosystems, and effective fisheries management. The FIP will also focus on supporting the recovery plan of the yellowfin stock in the region and will work closely with the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission to improve fisheries governance in the region.

Auditing the European fleet

We have initiated a full and comprehensive audit of the entire fleet supplying tuna to our European markets to ensure every vessel fully complies with our sustainability commitments.

In 2016 we initiated an external audit process of the fleet supplying tuna to our European markets, which will be completed in 2017. The audit will check against compliance with regulations by the European Union (EU) and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF); around Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated (IUU); quality and food safety; our own Thai Union sustainability policy and code of conduct.

Protecting turtles in Italy

We help support the conservation of sea turtles in Italy, through partnerships with organizations such as Legambiente. 

Since 2012, our Mareblu brand in Italy has supported the Sea Turtle Recovery Center of Manfredonia (FG) operated by non-profit organization, Legambiente. Mareblu’s contribution has funded tanks for livestock, water treatment facilities, sand filters, feed and supplements.

Supporting Sea Turtle conservation

By funding partners such as the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), we are ensuring that fishing vessels minimize bycatch like turtles.

Since 2009, our Chicken of the Sea brand in the US makes a significant financial donation every year to ISSF’s Sea Turtle Conservation Projects, which secure nesting beaches across the world. More information can be found here http://iss-foundation.org/what-we-do/areas-of-focus/bycatch/turtles/

Advocating for sustainable Mahi-Mahi fishing in Peru

We supported WWF’s petition to encourage Peru to engage in a Mahi-Mahi Fishery Improvement Project (FIP).

In 2016, we signed a petition by WWF that encouraged the Peruvian authorities to engage in the Mahi-Mahi FIP and to work with Ecuador to establish joint management measures. As Mahi-Mahi is a migratory species and the stock is shared by Peru and Ecuador, this would be a key progress towards MSC certification of the fishery.

Supporting sustainable feed fishing in the Gulf of Thailand

We are supporting the Royal Thai Government’s efforts to create sustainable fisheries, and tacking problems in IUU fishing.

In 2016 we worked with the Thai Sustainable Fisheries Roundtable (TSFR) to adopt international standards for a feed FIP in the Gulf of Thailand. The main goals of this feed FIP is to ensure that all its fisheries are traceable and transparent throughout the supply chain; deters and eliminates IUU fishing and overfishing; and protects the wider marine ecosystem.

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Our Partners in Achieving
Responsible Sourcing