Thai Union’s Environment, Health and Safety division works tirelessly to develop and implement stringent protocols to meet our commitments to reducing our environmental impact and providing a healthy and safe workplace for our employees, contractors and suppliers. These actions are guided by Thai Union’s Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct and our sustainability strategy, SeaChange®.
Each Thai Union facility currently complies with applicable regulatory standards. We are in the process of establishing globally unified systems with consistent standards across the Thai Union Group to further solidify our intended position as the world’s most trusted seafood leader.
When in place, these systems will help us manage our various operational practices and monitor performance in a unified manner. For instance, they will help us coordinate between Thai Union facilities to achieve our sustainability goals for the year 2020 of reducing our carbon emissions and the employees’ lost-time injuries frequency rate (LTIFR).
The following commitments help us identify improvement opportunities for our processes at a local, regional and global level:
- Compliance: We will comply with all applicable global Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) regulatory requirements and standards.
- Mitigation: We will manage our operations with the objective of minimizing health and safety risks, and reducing our environmental impact.
- Culture: We will instill EH&S awareness, knowledge and leadership in our organizational culture through trainings, audits and development of adequate communication channels and tools.
- Engagement: We will engage our employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to update our EH&S strategy.
Health and safety progress
‘Trustworthy safety’ is central to every Thai Union workplace. We strive to provide safe working conditions for all our workforces and recognize that to achieve our ultimate goal of zero accidents, our daily actions – whether on fishing vessels, at shrimp farms or in offices – require diligent planning and management.
We continue to see year-on-year improvement in our key metrics of incident frequency and lost-time injuries frequency rate (LTIFR) for our employees. In 2015, we saw employees’ LTIFR fall from 0.8 in 2014 to 0.7 (per 200,000 hours) due to our ongoing focus on safety training. During the same period, our occupational illness frequency rate for employees remained at zero.
To encourage collaboration by Thai Union’s international business units to achieve a safe environment globally, we have established a safety performance benchmark and platform for sharing best practices, accident lessons and safety knowledge within the Group. We also have established CEO recognition awards for the subsidiary companies with the best and second-best LTIFR reduction.
“With our minds steadily on the sustainability of our environment and the health and safety of our employees, our brand will last for generations to come, and we will maintain stakeholders’ trust.” - Jessica King, Health and Safety Specialist, Thai Union North America