- Charoen Pokphand Foods and Thai Union Group hosted the annual Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) Dialogue in Phuket
- Science and industry links to be strengthened to support the production of sustainable seafood and show ocean stewardship
- SeaBOS members will also collaborate to address IUU fishing, forced labor
25 September 2019, BANGKOK – Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CPF) and Thai Union Group PCL issued a joint statement on tackling modern slavery to ensure their supply chains are free of illegal labor.
At the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) Dialogue annual meeting in Phuket, the two companies said that “modern-day slavery is a global challenge, requiring collective efforts to eradicate it. In doing so during recent years, Thailand has mobilized contributions from the government, the private sector, civil society and other relevant stakeholders.”
“We have made significant progress in all areas: including legislation, law enforcement, supply chain management, capacity building of stakeholders, application of technological innovation, among others. We stand ready to share our experiences with the international community and join hands with others to turn modern-day slavery into an issue of the past.”
Prasit Boondoungprasert, CEO of Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CPF), said: “Respect for human rights is our top priority, especially in our labor recruitment process and welfare practices. In doing so, we have supported the Fishermen Life Enhancement Center (FLEC) in Songkhla province of Thailand. The center provides a number of training packages
to promote the well-being of fishing crews.” Moreover, CPF is committed to its Sustainable Packaging Policy, under which “100 percent of its plastic packaging must be reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025.”
Thiraphong Chansiri, CEO of Thai Union, said: “At Thai Union, we are resolute in our commitment to fight human trafficking. Supply chains in the seafood industry are incredibly complex, but we have implemented measures to combat potential risks including improved supply chain management, and we have conducted third-party audits of our suppliers. But we know we can’t fight this on our own, which is why we take a collaborative approach and work with various stakeholders as we pursue genuine change.”
At the SeaBOS meeting, Dr. Adisorn Promthep, Director General of Thailand’s Department of Fisheries, outlined how the “yellow card” the European Union imposed on Thailand because of unsustainable fishing practices had resulted in improved sustainability in the domestic industry. He said the yellow card – which was lifted in early 2019 - had also resulted in Thailand introducing formal management regulations that were now being enforced, as well as reducing IUU and forced labor in Thailand.
SeaBOS is an initiative that brings together scientists from the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, the Royal Academy of Sciences in Sweden and 10 of the largest seafood companies in the world. SeaBOS aims to lead a global transformation towards sustainable seafood production and a healthy ocean.
This year’s SeaBOS meeting was hosted by Thai Union and CPF under the banner Global Connectivity – Consolidating and Accelerating Change. Attendees agreed to strengthen links between science and industry to increase sustainable seafood production to meet growing consumer demand. They also agreed to increase collaboration to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and forced labor, improve seafood traceability, and work towards enhanced sustainable fisheries management.
All SeaBOS members established a new task force on Climate Resilience, to address the key impacts of climate change on the seafood industry, along with recognition for the health benefits of eating more seafood, while also reducing the carbon footprint of food production.
Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CPF) operates integrated agro-industrial and food business under “Kitchen of the World” vision, with its objectives to offer products of high quality in terms of nutritional, taste, safety and traceability.
CPFs’ operation covers 16 countries and export to more than 30 countries across 5 continents. The company reported sale revenues of THB 541.937 billion in 2018.
The company has driven its business on the principle of Corporate Social Responsibility towards Sustainability under the three pillars – “Food Security”, “Self-Sufficiency Society”, and “Balance of Nature”, which followed the beacon of UN Global Compact and the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).
As a result of tireless efforts to drive the business toward sustainable growth, CPF has been listed as member of the DJSI for the 5th consecutive year in 2019 and has been selected for FTSE4GOOD for the 2nd year. In Thailand, CPF also received the SET Sustainability Awards 2018 from the Stock Exchange of Thailand.
For more information about CPF please visit: https://www.cpfworldwide.com/en/sustainability
ABOUT THAI UNION GROUP
Thai Union Group PCL is the world’s seafood leader bringing high quality, healthy, tasty and innovative seafood products to customers across the world for more than 40 years.
Today, Thai Union is regarded as the world’s largest producer of shelf-stable tuna products with annual sales exceeding THB 133.3 billion (US$ 4.1 billion) and a global workforce of over 47,000 people who are dedicated to pioneering sustainable, innovative seafood products.
The company’s global brand portfolio includes market-leading international brands such as Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, and Rügen Fisch and Thai-leading brands SEALECT, Fisho, Qfresh, Monori, Bellotta and Marvo.
As a company committed to innovation and globally responsible behavior, Thai Union is proud to be a member of the United Nations Global Compact, and a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). In 2015, Thai Union introduced its SeaChange® sustainability strategy. Find out more at seachangesustainability.org. Thai Union’s on-going work on sustainability issues was recognized in 2019 by being ranked number one in the world in the Food Products Industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, achieving a 100th percentile ranking for total sustainability score. Thai Union has now been named to the DJSI for six consecutive years. Thai Union was also named to the FTSE4Good Emerging Index for the third straight year in 2018.
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