Our Progress

Our Progress Towards Achieving
Safe & Legal Labor

Modern Slavery Act Statement 2017

Learn about the latest progress on our activities to eliminate modern slavery and forced labor within our operations and supply chains.

Find the latest progress on our activities to eliminate modern slavery and forced labor within our operations and supply chains in the UK Modern Slavery Act Statement 2017 by clicking here.

Protecting pre-processing workers

We have brought the pre-processing of shrimp in-house, contracting workers directly so we can guarantee safe and legal employment.

In 2016 over one thousand former employees from external pre-processing facilities have been employed to work in Thai Union factories in Thailand. We ended all relationships with external pre-processing facilities so we have full oversight of all processing stages in the supply chain. This move has provided safe and legal employment for an additional 1,200 workers in our factories in Samut Sakhon.

Our Business Ethics and Code of Conduct

Our Business Ethics and Code of Conduct has been presented to all our suppliers and seeks to guarantee that all our suppliers adhere to Thai Union’s own standards.

In 2015 we updated our stringent Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct and in 2016 started rolling this out to suppliers globally. The aim is to promote higher levels of accountability and transparency throughout the supply chain and is applied to all of our group companies and business partners.

The Code of Conduct clearly sets out Thai Unions principles. These include requirements to ensure:

  • that workers’ rights are fully protected;
  • business is conducted with consideration to social and environmental impacts;
  • business is conducted with integrity and within the terms of the law.

Any companies or suppliers who want to work with us must sign an acknowledgement of our Code of Conduct, confirming they will strictly adhere to our mandatory 12 principles.

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

Our Vessel Code of Conduct

Our Vessel Code of Conduct reflects the unique set of working conditions on fishing vessels that necessitate special consideration.

In 2017, we introduced our Fishing Vessel Improvement Program and Vessel Code of Conduct, reflecting the unique set of working conditions on fishing vessels that necessitate special consideration. The Vessel Code of Conduct is an extension of the Thai Union Business Labor and Ethics Code of Conduct, which is built on 12 fundamental principles designed to reinforce a culture of integrity and is aligned with the United Nations Global Compact principles of basic responsibilities to people and upholding their basic rights. The 12 fundamental principles frame both codes because they apply to every part of Thai Union’s business. However, the VCoC features clauses specifically tailored for application to vessels. Thai Union’s existing and new suppliers are required to sign the Vessel Code of Conduct in order to conduct business with the company, ensuring the VCoC is applicable to all fishing vessels in the company’s supply chain. Thai Union reserves the right to request verification of the level of compliance of a supplier to the VCoC, such as through third party audits, at any point during business transactions. A rolling annual audit program against this VCoC will be conducted by Thai Union. Furthermore, the Vessel Code of Conduct includes a commitment by suppliers to develop a Vessel Improvement Program (VIP) to meet the clauses unconditionally and address any non-compliance issues identified to be of a major or critical concern. This provides suppliers with the ability to increase transparency, demonstrate accountability as well as to remedy any issues.  The VCoC is available to view here.

Verifying legal labor in our shrimp feed supply chain

We have conducted an external audit of our full shrimp feed supply chain to verify the legal status of workers on vessels.

Providing workers with a voice

We have a helpline that allows workers to report any employment issues they might experience of witness and provides immediate guidance and advice.

Since 2014 we have been partnering with the Issara Institute to improve the conditions for workers in Thailand. In 2015 we worked together to provide workers with access to Issara’s independent worker helpline – available in five languages – in our factories and ports and we continue to support the Issara Institute’s Inclusive Labor Monitoring Program in our own facilities and supply chains. For further information see http://www.projectissara.org/

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