Our Progress

Our Progress Towards Achieving
Safe & Legal Labor

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.

Our Business Ethics and Code of Conduct

Our Business Ethics and Code of Conduct has been presented to all our suppliers and seeks to guarantee that all our suppliers adhere to Thai Union’s own standards.

In 2015 we updated our stringent Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct and in 2016 started rolling this out to suppliers globally. The aim is to promote higher levels of accountability and transparency throughout the supply chain and is applied to all of our group companies and business partners.

The Code of Conduct clearly sets out Thai Unions principles. These include requirements to ensure:

  • that workers’ rights are fully protected;
  • business is conducted with consideration to social and environmental impacts;
  • business is conducted with integrity and within the terms of the law.

Any companies or suppliers who want to work with us must sign an acknowledgement of our Code of Conduct, confirming they will strictly adhere to our mandatory 12 principles.

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

Verifying legal labor in our shrimp feed supply chain

We have conducted an external audit of our full shrimp feed supply chain to verify the legal status of workers on vessels.

Providing workers with a voice

We have a helpline that allows workers to report any employment issues they might experience of witness and provides immediate guidance and advice.

Since 2014 we have been partnering with the Issara Institute to improve the conditions for workers in Thailand. In 2015 we worked together to provide workers with access to Issara’s independent worker helpline – available in five languages – in our factories and ports and we continue to support the Issara Institute’s Inclusive Labor Monitoring Program in our own facilities and supply chains. For further information see http://www.projectissara.org/

Helping victims of human trafficking

We provide practical support, medical help and legal aid to victims of human trafficking in Thailand.

In 2015, we initiated a pilot program with the Labour Rights Promotion Network (LPN) Foundation to deliver counselling, medical assistance, temporary food and shelter, and to provide legal aid to repatriated men who had been victims of human trafficking. During this program, Thai Union offered employment to the rescued men, which seven accepted. These men were given a thorough medical assessment, accommodation and their rental fees for the first month. The men began work in our fish production department in August 2015. We also work with the Issara Institute in Thailand to offer humanitarian aid, safe and legal employment, and support for victims of human trafficking or forced labor.

In 2016 we also offered this program to workers in other industries in Thailand, and are developing a scalable and sustainable model for this project.

Zero recruitment fees

Our ethical migrant recruitment policy is protecting workers in Thailand from the risk of extortion by unscrupulous labor agents and brokers.

In 2016, as part of our ethical migrant recruitment policy, we launched a zero recruitment fees commitment for all future recruitment of workers for our Thai facilities. By recruiting locally or directly through licensed agents in border countries, we are protecting workers from the risk of extortion by unlicensed agents and brokers. This reduces the risk of workers becoming involved in debt bondage or forms of forced labor.

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