Thai Union’s Dr. Darian McBain Recognized as SDG Pioneer for a Sustainable Ocean Economy by United Nations Global Compact


BANGKOK June 17, 2021 – Dr. Darian McBain, Thai Union Group PCL Group Director of Sustainability, has been recognized as one of 10 SDG Pioneers by the United Nations Global Compact.

SDG Pioneers are business leaders selected by the UN Global Compact for doing an exceptional job to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the implementation of the UN Global Compact Ten Principles on human rights, environment, labor and anti-corruption.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive this recognition, particularly alongside the other SDG Pioneers who are working incredibly hard on making businesses and the world around them more sustainable,” McBain said. “Thai Union has placed sustainability at the heart of its business and I would like to recognize our teams around the world who are, like me, passionate about making a difference and helping build a more sustainable global seafood industry.”

The honor for McBain was in recognition of her work to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and in partcular her contribution towards a sustainable ocean economy. Thai Union, which has been a participant of the UN Global Compact since 2013, is focused on delivering across all the SDGs, but is focused on four contributing to broad societal change: SDG 2 – Zero Hunger, SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 13 – Climate Action and SDG 14 – Life Below Water. To learn more about McBain, please visit her page on the UN Global Compact website. You can learn more about Thai Union’s sustainability work here.

“Business has a critical role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at a time when progress has been set back by the COVID-19 pandemic. These 10 exceptional professionals show exactly what can be done by business to make a difference that not only serves shareholders but also society at large. I hope our ten 2021 SDG Pioneers will also inspire others to join them in uniting business for a better world,” said Sanda Ojiambo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact.

The SDG Pioneer entries were judged by an expert panel composed of previous SDG Pioneers and representatives from the UN Global Compact Expert Network, academia and UN agencies. The selection criteria included the individuals’ commitment to embedding the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into their companies’ core strategies, their efforts to advance the SDGs, as well as their engagement with the UN Global Compact and its Local Networks. The 2021 SDG Pioneers were announced during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2021 on 16 June.

This year’s global search focused on professionals working at any level in a company participating in the UN Global Compact and the winners selected come from every continent.

For more information about the UN Global Compact, please visit www.unglobalcompact.org



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 more than 40 years.

Today, Thai Union is regarded as one of the world’s leading seafood producers and is one of the largest producers of shelf-stable tuna products with annual sales exceeding THB 132.4 billion (US$ 4.2 billion) and a global workforce of more than 44,000 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, Thai-leading brands SEALECT, Fisho, Qfresh, Monori, Bellotta and Marvo, and ingredient and supplement brands UniQ™BONE, UniQ™DHA and ZEAvita.

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. Find out more at seachangesustainability.org. Thai Union’s on-going work on sustainability issues was recognized when the company was listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the seventh consecutive year in 2020, and ranked number two in the world on the Food Products Industry Index. Thai Union was also named to the FTSE4Good Emerging Index for the fifth straight year in 2020.