Thai Union explains Code of Conduct to suppliers
Thai Union Group PLC (TU) held a special event for suppliers last week in Bangkok to inform them about the company’s strict Code of Conduct to ensure understanding and compliance.
Approximately 600 suppliers to Thai Union were invited and the presentation included a full explanation of the 12 fundamental principles of the Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct. Thai Union management stressed the importance of compliance and highlighted that suppliers who did not work to meet the standards established would be unable to continue working with Thai Union. Afterwards the suppliers were invited to sign the Code of Conduct, signalling their commitment.
Thiraphong Chansiri, CEO and president of Thai Union said, “I am delighted that so many of our partners signed a pledge to comply with our Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct. It is a positive sign that we are all able to move forward together in order to improve how the Thai seafood industry operates.”
“Thai Union’s policy is clear: we do not tolerate human rights violations and we will continue to work to make sure that the workers’ in our supply chain can enjoy free and fair employment that respects their rights and dignity,” said global director of sustainable development, Darian McBain.
“Events such as this, which help our suppliers understand they must comply with our Code of Conduct, is one way we are working to achieve our goals. The Code of Conduct is an important part of our wider sustainability strategy, ‘Sea Change’ which aims to deliver real and lasting changes to the way both we and the Thai and global fishing industries operate.”
In the last 18 months, Thai Union has terminated relationships with 16 suppliers due to forced labour or human trafficking violations. The company has also reduced the number of vessels it conducts business with from over 2,000 to just 400 to drive better visibility and control of labour conditions.
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