Thai Union, World Tuna Purse Seine Organisation Sign MOU To Promote Fair Labor Practices

Thai Union Group PCL and the World Tuna Purse Seine Organization (WTPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a high-level framework of cooperation and coordination in ensuring fair labor practices.

The MOU—which was signed on 6 Dec, 2016, in Manila, Philippines—includes the establishment and implementation of best practice on fair labor standards in operations.

Specifically, both parties agreed to:

“As the largest seafood producer in the world, Thai Union Group is committed and focused on efforts of reform in the fishing industry and taken significant steps to promote safe and legal labor,” said Darian McBain Ph.D., Thai Union’s global director of sustainable development. “To genuinely eradicate slavery, the entire industry needs to work together on sustainable and evidence-based solutions. That means businesses, governments, civil societies and even consumers must actively participate. This MOU between Thai Union and WTPO is an important part of that effort.”

Thai Union Group PCL

Thai Union Group PCL is the world’s seafood leader bringing high quality, healthy, tasty and innovative seafood products to customers across the world for almost 40 years.

Today, Thai Union is regarded as the world’s largest producer of shelf-stable tuna products with annual sales exceeding THB 125 billion (USD 3.7 billion) and a global workforce of over 46,000 people who are dedicated to pioneering sustainable, innovative seafood products.

The company’s global brand portfolio includes market-leading international brands such as Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, and Rügen Fisch and Thai-leading brands SEALECT, Fisho, Bellotta and Marvo.

As a company committed to innovation and globally responsible behavior, Thai Union is proud to be a member of the United Nations Global Compact, and a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). In 2015, Thai Union introduced its SeaChange® sustainability strategy. Thai Union’s on-going work on sustainability issues has been recognized by its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Emerging Markets (DJSI) in 2014.  In 2016 Thai Union was named to DJSI for the third consecutive year.