Is Thai Union Leading Yet?


Thai Union has shown some promise, but it’s not leading yet. The company continues to talk a convincing game about changes it is making to ensure its seafood is better for our oceans and the workers throughout its supply chains. But we need to see more action. Thai Union must demonstrate the leadership needed and put forward a concrete plan to transform a seafood industry riddled with human rights abuses and widespread depletion and waste of marine life.


As the largest canned tuna company in the world, Thai Union has the ability to make changes that can have a lasting impact. It is unacceptable for tuna fisheries to kill millions of sharks and tens of thousands of sea turtles a year, or to catch more tuna than is sustainably possible. Thai Union can show the leadership needed to help ensure future generations have healthier, biodiverse oceans. It is deplorable that seafood workers can be mistreated, trafficked, and left at sea sometimes years at a time in tuna fisheries that operate off the radar of regulators. Thai Union can lead by demonstrating that companies that sell seafood won’t tolerate human trafficking or other human rights abuses in their supply chains.


We believe Thai Union can show this leadership. We’re urging the company to commit to the following actions to start to clean up its supply chains, and set a stronger standard for the seafood industry:


  • Stop sourcing from rogue vessels that transship at sea. The lack of monitoring and surveillance enables criminal behavior and puts threatened species like sharks at further risk.
  • Stop the uncontrolled use of fish aggregation devices (FADs). Establish clear targets to make fully traceable FAD-free tuna readily available in all global markets.
  • Support best practice fishing methods like pole and line and implement best practice bycatch mitigation reforms in long-line fisheries.
  • Only source seafood that meets strong labor and human rights standards on land and at sea.

The oceans must sustain sea life, not just seafood profits.