To serve as a truly effective change leader, Thai Union aligns its sustainability initiatives with globally recognized collective sustainability priorities and programs.
Together with other organizations, Thai Union believes we can add long-term positive value to society by achieving sustained economic growth, responsible utilization of natural resources and promotion of human rights and ethical labor practices.
Thai Union is a member of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, and has been working to implement the commitments in the Global Compact’s Ten Principles since 2013. All of the principles have been incorporated into our Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct, which governs not only how our own staff operate but also how we would like our supply chain to operate. In this way, we are extending our influence and using business as a powerful force for change.
UN Global Company and UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Thai Union will support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
- Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
- Thai Union will uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
- The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
- The effective abolition of child labor; and
- Thai elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
- Thai Union will support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
- Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
- Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
- Thai Union will work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery
Key Performance Achievement
In 2016, we rolled our Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct out to our contracted first tier suppliers, achieving over 75 percent acceptance globally.
In 2016, under our SeaChange® strategy, we focused on three of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), contributing to broader societal change in areas where we can have direct influence.
However, our work contributes to all 17 SDGs in a number of ways. We have chosen to focus not only on how our work contributes to the biosphere, society and the economy, but also culminating in how we can form partnerships to the global contribution toward sustainable development. Our milestones against each of our four programs under SeaChange® will demonstrate our progress by 2020 and will contribute to the SDGs’ 2030 targets.
Thai Union is also committed to the following sustainability alliances, initiatives and standards:
- Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative (ASIC)
- Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
- Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) Emerging Markets (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
- Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) Base Code
- Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA)
- Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)
- International Labor Organization (ILO)
- International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)
- International Union for Conversation of Nature (IUCN)
- Issara Institute
- Labour Protection Network (LPN)
- Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
- Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN)
- National Fisheries Institute (NFI) Crab Council
- Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMO)
- Seafood Task Force
- Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex)
- UN Responsible Fisheries of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Oceans and Fisheries Partnership
- Verité social compliance standards
- World Wildlife Fund (WWF; 2014 - 2018)
Thai Union is also in partnership with World Food Programme (WFP).