Our Progress

Our Progress

Reducing GHG emissions in Thailand

Supporting the local GHG reduction scheme in Thailand.

In 2017 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to participate in the Thailand Voluntary Emission Trading Scheme (Thailand V-ETS). The scheme brings together the private and public sector to monitor, report and verify GHG emissions in Thailand. This MOU is a critical step in understanding and agreeing on the importance of establishing environmental targets as an effective tool for combatting climate change.

Exploring alternative energy sources

Improving our technology and processes is helping us to deliver against our 30% GHG reduction commitment.

In 2014, we conducted an energy audit to understand the consumption sources; explored alternative energy sources such as bio-gas, solar, wind and biomass; increased our energy efficiency; and used innovations in technology to reduce energy consumption. In 2015, Songkla Canning Company replaced using fuel oil in its steam production to biomass energy, which resulted in energy reduction of 124,570.4 GJ per year.

Our Business Ethics and Code of Conduct

Our Business Ethics and Code of Conduct has a focus on protecting workers’ health and workplace safety, and environmental performance.

In 2015 we updated our stringent Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct and in 2016 started rolling this out to suppliers globally. It is applied to all of our group companies and business partners, and has a focus on the protection of workers’ health and workplace safety, as well as environmental performance in our own operations and those of our supply chain partners.

Our Code of Conduct is available in 19 languages at: http://www.thaiunion.com/en/sustainability/sustainability-at-thai-union/code-of-conduct 

Protecting pre-processing workers

We have brought the pre-processing of shrimp in-house, contracting workers directly so we can guarantee safe and legal employment.

In 2016 over one thousand former employees from external pre-processing facilities have been employed to work in Thai Union factories in Thailand. We ended all relationships with external pre-processing facilities so we have full oversight of all processing stages in the supply chain. This move has provided safe and legal employment for an additional 1,200 workers in our factories in Samut Sakhon.

Supporting sustainable tuna fishing in the Indian Ocean

As a key partner of the tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in the Indian Ocean, we will work to meet the sustainability standard set by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

In 2016, we signed a letter by WWF that encouraged member countries of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) to engage in a tuna FIP and work towards MSC certification of the fishery. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2016 by the governments of Seychelles and Mauritius, WWF, Thai Union and Princes, indicating their interest to establish the Indian Ocean tuna FIP. The FIP will be active in 2017 and will focus on the key areas of sustainable sourcing – healthy fish stocks, minimal and reversible impact on ecosystems, and effective fisheries management. The FIP will also focus on supporting the recovery plan of the yellowfin stock in the region and will work closely with the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission to improve fisheries governance in the region.

Building pre-schools for the children of our workers

We are providing education facilities for the children of workers at our production facilities in Thailand.

In 2014 we opened two preschools for children of our migrant and local workers in Thailand, and a third preschool was opened in 2016. These preschools help the children enter into the Thai education system so they can progress to primary school. They also ensure the children are safe during the day, providing their working parents with real peace of mind.

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