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Thai Union progress on Greenpeace agreement

Thai Union has had an independent audit conducted of its landmark 2017 agreement with Greenpeace as part of Thai Union’s commitment to transparency.

Thai Union has had an independent audit conducted of its landmark 2017 agreement with Greenpeace as part of Thai Union’s commitment to transparency. The audit was completed in December 2019 and based on an audit of 2018 data.

The report can be found here.

Thai Union and WWF-UK Celebrate Partnership Milestones

Thai Union and WWF-UK released the fourth annual partnership progress report on their European partnership.

Thai Union and WWF-UK have today released the fourth annual partnership progress report on their European partnership.

Thai Union and WWF have been working together since 2014 to deliver the commitments that they made when they signed up to the WWF ‘Global Seafood Charter’. The partnership work focused on improving the sustainability of seafood supply chains by considering key topics such as traceability, supply chain analysis, implementing improvement projects and advocating for better fisheries management.

The report can be found here.

Thai Union and WWF Release Sourcing Transparency Report

Thai Union, alongside its partner WWF, released its first Sourcing Transparency: Wild Caught Fish and Shellfish report.

Thai Union Group, alongside its partner WWF, has released its first Sourcing Transparency: Wild Caught Fish and Shellfish report.

This report is a key part of Thai Union’s commitment to transparency in its operations and sustainability journey. According to a 2018 Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) survey, 72% of seafood consumers say they choose brands based on sustainability over price. There is therefore an increased need for seafood providers to be transparent in their operations, particularly around their supply chains and the provenance of their products. The Sourcing Transparency report demonstrates Thai Union’s commitment to this. The report can be found here.

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, WWF-UK release progress report

Thai Union and WWF-UK released an annual progress report on their European partnership in 2018.

Since 2014, Thai Union and WWF have been working together in Europe to deliver the commitments in the WWF ‘Seafood Charter’, which focuses on improving the sustainability of seafood supply chains. This work is supported globally through Thai Union’s SeaChange® sustainability strategy and its tuna commitment. Thai Union has pledged to source 100 percent of its branded tuna from fisheries that are Marine Stewardship Council certified or engaged in Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs), and is investing $90 million into this work.

A key part of the partnership, FIPs involve collaboration between all the stakeholders in a particular fishery—including fishing vessel operators, government-run fishing authorities, processors and non-governmental organisations. They use private sector power and market forces to make specific improvements to a fishery, with the ultimate aim of achieving the MSC standard.

By the end of 2017, Thai Union had launched two FIPs focussed on purse seine caught yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack tuna, in the Indian and Eastern Atlantic Oceans, working alongside a number of industry participants. This progress means that approximately 85 percent of the tuna being sold by Thai Union brands in Europe is sourced from a FIP. The full report can be found here.

Thai Union releases update on Tuna Commitment

To promote transparency, Thai Union announced it would provide this progress report annually.

In May 2018, Thai Union released its first annual Tuna Commitment Progress Report to provide a public update on its ambitious strategy to ensure 100 percent of the company’s branded tuna is sustainably sourced, with a target of achieving a minimum of 75 percent by 2020, in line with the company’s SeaChange® sustainability strategy. Thai Union’s Tuna Commitment also comprises an investment of USD $90 million in initiatives that will increase the supply of sustainable tuna, including the establishment of 11 new fishery improvement projects (FIPs) around the world to guarantee sustainable fish stocks, minimized environmental impacts and improved management in those fisheries.

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