30/09/2015

Thai Union introduces new business ethics and labor code of conduct

Code is one of many initiatives designed to drive positive change to earn trust.

Thai Union is introducing a new, more stringent Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct with higher level of accountability and transparency throughout its supply chain.

The new code will apply to all its member companies and be available in 13 languages, replacing the company’s 2013 Code of Conduct concerning Labor Practices and is another example of the company’s ongoing commitment to upholding human rights.

Thai Union’s Code of Conduct 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 revised code focuses on the recruitment and treatment of workers stipulating protocols on employee welfare, benefits, wages, age, the right to freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, and non-negotiable frameworks for health and safety. Like its 2013 predecessor, the new code has a zero tolerance policy for human rights violations in the supply chain.

“This new code further defines the expectations of our suppliers and showcases our commitment to earn the trust of customers, consumers and the world by operating with integrity and high ethical standards. We relentlessly work against corruption in all forms, promote good governance and increased transparency,” said Thiraphong Chansiri, Thai Union president and CEO.

“In recent years, we’ve seen too many instances of human trafficking and labor abuses coming from many parts of the world – it’s unacceptable. We hope others will join us to demand an end to labor abuses.”

Chansiri said the new code is just one of numerous efforts being employed to ensure a supply chain free of human rights violation. Thai Union:

The Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct applies to all majority owned companies within the Thai Union group and will be rolled out with implementation and auditing plans. In addition, by the end of 2015, all Thai Union manufacturing sites in Thailand will be trained on compliance with the new code.

For more information or to see the code of conduct in its entirety, visit http://www.thaiunion.com/files/sustainability/code-of-conduct/20160229-tu-code-of-conduct-en.pdf