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Thai Union takes responsibility for improving the lives of those living and working in the regions where we operate.

This includes cleaning marine environments and ending hunger through food donations to educating children and providing nutritional information to local communities.

There is a global protein challenge of how to feed an estimated world population of 9 billion people by 2030. Without sustainable seafood production, both from aquaculture and wild capture, the world cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger.

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Thai Union 2018 Summary: In-Cash and In-Kind Contribution .

Thai Union 2018 Summary In-Cash and In-Kind Contribution

Thai Union has implemented a range of initiatives and programs where we operate, in line with our
sustainability strategy and the SDGs. These programs respond to stakeholder and community needs.
In summary, Thai Union has made contributions of THB 108.76 million, and in the form of in-kind giving
of THB 1,737,636 in 2018. Our employees, including our CEO and executives, have volunteered for a
total of 3,031 hours.

Thai Union Invests in Local Communities with Pracharat Project

People and Communities is an important pillar of Thai Union’s sustainability strategy, SeaChange®.

People and Communities is an important pillar of Thai Union’s sustainability strategy, SeaChange®.
The work the company undertakes in line with this pillar aims to improve the lives of those living and
working in the regions in which Thai Union operates. Further, it often helps to contribute to the
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

One example of our community involvement in the Pracharat Project—a project coordinated by the
Thai Government. For the past year, Thai Union has been actively involved in three programs with
the project which aim to improve the lives of the local community, as well as boost the education
standards of children from 30 schools in across the Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Phetchaburi
and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces where the company operates in Thailand.

Thai Union joins initiative to combat marine plastics

Thai Union joined forces with the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to address problems of abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear worldwide.

Thai Union joined forces with the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) in 2018 in a drive to reduce the growing problem of abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) worldwide.

The GGGI is an alliance founded by World Animal Protection in 2015, dedicated to tackling the problem of ghost fishing gear at a global scale. The GGGI’s strength lies in the diversity of its participants including the fishing industry, the private sector, academia, governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. Every participant has a critical role to play to mitigate ghost gear locally, regionally and globally.

Thai Union’s participation in the GGGI reflects its commitment to combat marine plastic pollution.

Thai Union progresses on Greenpeace agreement

Thai Union has made substantial, positive progress in 2018 on its commitment as outlined in the company’s landmark agreement with Greenpeace.

Thai Union has made substantial, positive progress in 2018 on its commitment to implement measures that tackle illegal fishing and overfishing, as well as improve the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers throughout its supply chains, as outlined in the company’s landmark agreement with Greenpeace.

The agreement between Thai Union and Greenpeace was originally announced in July 2017. Thai Union committed to build upon its SeaChange® sustainability strategy, including efforts to support best practice fisheries, improve other fisheries, reduce illegal and unethical practices in its global supply chains, and bring more responsibly-caught tuna to key markets.

“Thai Union is working hard to drive strong, positive change throughout many parts of the seafood industry. The original agreement contained an ambitious set of commitments to deliver improvements in Thai Union supply chains for the benefit of our oceans and marine life, and for the rights of people working in the seafood industry. There is much work still to do, but it’s clear the company takes its commitments seriously and is making progress to deliver them,” said Greenpeace Senior Oceans Campaigner Oliver Knowles. “It is now time for other companies to step up and show similar leadership, so that we can increase the pace of change to protect the oceans and seafood workers.”

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Thai Union CEO laces up running sneakers for good

As part of a personal commitment to improving the sustainability of oceans, Thiraphong Chansiri, CEO of Thai Union, competed in the Virgin London Marathon

As part of a personal commitment to improving the long-term sustainability of the oceans, Thiraphong Chansiri, CEO of Thai Union, competed in the Virgin London Marathon in April 2017 and raised 322,000 Thai Baht—approximately $10,000—for WWF-UK. The amount represented more than three times his fundraising goal. The race took place on a beautiful spring day in London, with the challenging 26-mile course winding by some of the world’s most iconic landmarks. Chansiri crossed the finish line on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace in four hours and 28 minutes.

Additionally, in December 2017 Chansiri ran 106 kilometers and raised 14 million Thai Baht—approximately $429,000—for Thai rock star Artiwara Kong-malai’s charity run, which supported the “Kaokonlakao for 11 Hospitals Nationwide” project.

SeaChange® showcased at EU Parliament

The event was hosted by MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos, an active Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries.

In January 2018, Thai Union brought together Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), sustainability experts, NGOs and industry representatives to discuss how best to join forces to drive positive change across the seafood industry. A high-level stakeholder event, organized in the European Parliament, marked the launch of a week-long exhibition on SeaChange®. During this period, visitors had the opportunity to learn about sustainability challenges in the seafood and fishing industry through a diverse range of panels, infographics and videos. The launch event welcomed more than 60 high-level representatives of the political, NGO and industry spheres with responsibilities in the field of fisheries, sustainability, trade and employment.

The event was hosted by MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos, an active Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries, who applauded Thai Union’s leadership.

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