Darian McBain (left), PhD., Thai Union’s global director for sustainable development, accepts a leadership award from Khun Anchalee Pipattanawattanakul (right), Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, and Khun Tara Buakamsri (rear), Thailand Country Director for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, for the company’s promotion of sustainability, reaffirming Thai Union’s role as a leader for positive change in the seafood industry.
2 JUNE 2017, BANGKOK – Thai Union Group PCL, one of the world’s leading seafood companies, welcomed members from Greenpeace to its headquarters in Bangkok this morning to accept an award and petition reaffirming Thai Union’s role as a leader for positive change in the seafood industry. Thai Union shares a common goal with Greenpeace, one of making a mutual vision of healthy seas for all future generations a reality.
In 2016, Thai Union launched SeaChange®, a strategic approach to sustainability designed to transform the way the seafood industry operates worldwide. Thai Union regards SeaChange® as a journey which covers every aspect of the business: from how to look after the oceans to how to manage waste; from the responsibility the company takes for workers to building brighter futures for its communities.
“Thai Union absolutely accepted the mantle of leadership – knowing our suppliers and ensuring we purchase from responsible organizations and well-managed vessels is critical to helping us achieve our mission to be the seafood industry’s leading agent of positive change,” said Darian McBain, PhD., Thai Union’s global director for sustainable development. “Thai Union engages in a wide-ranging set of initiatives in our pursuit to reduce the risks and the likelihood of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing entering our supply chain.” Additionally, Thai Union participates in significant activities to promote human rights, and safe and legal labor.
After accepting the petition, McBain commended Greenpeace on their efforts and offered Tara Buakamsri, Thailand Country Director for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, a plush “Super Whale” – Thai Union’s highest recognition award – to applaud the organization on a job “whale” (well) done. Thai Union also provided refreshments and snacks to representatives from Greenpeace, including healthy and nutritious Thai Union products, on a very hot and sunny Bangkok day.
“I would like to thank Greenpeace for recognition of Thai Union’s leadership in sustainability and Thai Union looks forward to working collaboratively moving forward,” said McBain.
To learn more about SeaChange®, Thai Union’s sustainability strategy, visit: http://seachangesustainability.org/