Our Progress

Our Progress Towards Achieving
Responsible Operations

Reducing Greenhouse Gases

In 2018, we continued installing the solar rooftop at Thai Union Manufacturing (TUM) and Songkhla Canning.

In 2018, we continued installing the solar rooftop at Thai Union Manufacturing (TUM) and Songkhla Canning (SCC) with power capacity 0.6 and 1 MW respectively. For these two projects, Thai Union will consume electricity from renewable energy sources of around 2,000,000 kWh/y and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 1,100 tons CO2/y. We expect to install at least 20 MW in total by 2019.

Water Reduction Projects

During 2018, Thai Union initiated a number of water reduction programs.

During 2018, Thai Union initiated a number of water reduction programs, particularly around reusing and recycling of water in our production processes. The results of these programs were significant, with a reduction in water consumption of more than 160,000 m3 in Europe and the U.S., and 700,000 m3 in Asia.

Since 2016, Thai Union has reduced its water consumption around the world by 1.9 million m3.

Waste to Landfill Reduction Projects

Thai Union developed several waste to landfill reduction programs around the world in 2018.

Thai Union developed several waste to landfill reduction programs in 2018 which were implemented at a number of locations around the world. At Pak Food Asia and Thai Union Seafood used fertilizer made from wastewater sludge for planting trees, while at Songkla Canning they introduced a recycling process for contaminated plastic that previously went to landfill. Other programs were also introduced in Poland and Ghana. As a result, Thai Union has reduced its waste to landfill by more than 17,000 tons since 2016.

Thai Union’s waste reduction project saves energy

We continuously look to identify suppliers that can utilize or transform our waste and byproducts into energy for use in their processes.

Thai Union puts effort into segregating, reusing and recycling our waste to reduce the volume that goes to the landfill. We continuously look to identify suppliers that can utilize or transform our waste and byproducts into energy for use in their processes.

For example, we send our stickers, which normally go to the landfill, to one of our suppliers for energy production. At Songkla Canning, we reduced the amount of sludge going to the landfill from our wastewater treatment plant by about 28 percent in 2017; this was done by returning an optimized volume of sludge to a digester tank.

Center of Excellence in Thailand: Environment, Health and Safety

Employees’ skills and competencies are significant factors in building a culture of safety at Thai Union.

We realize that employees’ skills and competencies are significant factors in building a culture of safety at Thai Union. As such, we established the Center of Excellence in Thailand: Environment, Health and Safety in February 2017 to serve as the EHS learning hub for all Thai Union employees. More than 3,000 employees participated in the center’s courses in 2017, which are offered in Thai, English and Burmese to better facilitate the comprehension of our diverse employees. In 2018, we plan to expand our EHS capacity building services to the public by making them available to other Thai and migrant workers in the region. We hope this will improve the EHS awareness, skills and competencies of people outside Thai Union, too, especially among migrant workers.

Global Innovation Incubator’s sustainable packaging initiatives

Sustainable packaging will help achieve Thai Union’s goals for carbon footprint reduction and environmentally-friendly packaging.

Sustainable packaging is an important element of our innovation work. As part of our Global Innovation Incubator’s science and research pillar, we investigate and develop technological advancements to improve the sustainability and convenience of product packaging. By exploring sustainable packaging in our innovation research, we ensure a continuous pipeline of improvements, which will help achieve Thai Union’s goals for carbon footprint reduction and environmentally-friendly packaging.

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