The global tuna industry is out of control. Tuna giants are emptying our oceans of fish, harming other marine life and exploiting workers in shocking ways.
It’s time to change the tuna industry.
Workers report being beaten, abused and even forced to work on ships for months or years at a time. Fishing vessels use methods that wreak havoc on marine life. Tuna is even being stored in the same shipping containers as the dirty diesel the ships use, then sold onto consumers.
Though the reality of the industry is clear, the world's largest canned tuna company – Thai Union Group (TU)– is looking the other way. But we know undeniably from recent hard-hitting media exposés, and our own investigative research that TU is seriously implicated in human rights and environmental abuses , and it’s time for that to change.
Thai Union Group has launched a new logo and PR campaign “One Future” to convince us that its reputation and work practices are beyond question. But there is no future for tuna and many who are forced to work in the industry if TU does not clean up its act.
We need more than a slick PR campaign and new logo. That's why last Friday Greenpeace informed Thai Union Group that a global campaign is being launched demanding that it address environmental and labour abuse in its supply chain, and that it’s brands will be exposed - from the United States to south east Asia - so consumers know what they are buying.
Greenpeace also contacted TU’s shareholders and other institutional investors, to warn them of the financial risks associated with these destructive and abusive practices.
No response yet.
TU needs to seriously clean up its act. But for that to happen, the company’s management has to feel the pressure from people all over the world.
TU can become the world’s leader in providing seafood that is sustainably and ethically sourced. TU’s size, reach and purchasing power mean the company has both a huge responsibility and is uniquely positioned to drive much needed change in global tuna fisheries.
Greenpeace has already made progress with leading brands and retailers in major markets, including the UK and Australia - getting them to clean up their tuna supply chains. Now we are up against the world’s largest tuna corporation and its brands, everywhere. It’s going to take all of us. But when we change Thai Union Group, we will change the entire tuna industry.