Greenpeace is attending the Retail West 2016 Conference to remind Walmart’s retailer peers, vendor partners and suppliers to not be like Walmart and follow through with strong CSR and social responsibility commitments, starting with their canned tuna procurement.
No one expects Walmart to be a leader in social responsibility or sustainability. Let’s be honest, expectations are fairly low. But when they raise them by going through the motions of creating a sustainability policy and talking a green game, it leaves customers wondering why the false advertising, the broken promises, the shattered dreams, the #oceanfails? So Greenpeace is attending the Retail West 2016 Conference to remind Walmart’s retailer peers, vendor partners and suppliers to not be like Walmart and follow through with strong CSR and social responsibility commitments, starting with their canned tuna procurement.
Some other retailers, brands and companies are working to do better for their customers, our oceans and seafood workers. They are working to offer more sustainable and ethical tuna products on store shelves across Canada. Our Sustainable Canned Tuna Guide app highlights these more responsible products and can be downloaded here.
Walmart’s canned tuna aisle needs cleaning up for various reasons. The tuna is sourced from Thai Union, the world’s biggest tuna company and one that is failing to provide its major retail customers like Walmart with sustainable and socially responsible products. Walmart’s Great Value brand tuna is caught using destructive fishing methods that are putting already threatened marine life like sharks, turtles and seabirds at further risk because many are caught and often die in the tuna fishing process. The fishing method Walmart relies most heavily on, purse seining using fish aggregating devices (FADs), also puts vulnerable tuna stocks at risk because large numbers of baby bigeye and yellowfin tuna are caught on top of the target adult skipjack tuna.
Thai Union has also been linked to labour and human rights violations in its broader seafood supply chains, as has Walmart, so customers are also unable to be certain its product hasn’t put the lives of seafood workers at risk. From environmental degradation to a lack of clarity around ensuring safe and fair working conditions, Great Value products, and a lot of other tuna found on Walmart shelves, does not instill consumer confidence.
As a reminder, here’s what Walmart isn’t doing and what your company should do (or you should ask your favourite supermarket chain to do if you’re a customer reading this blog :) ).
Walmart is not:
What should Walmart do?
Great Value brand = #NotJustTuna. Walmart: Save Oceans. Protect Workers.