Why we're launching a global campaign demanding that the world's largest tuna company stand up for human rights and more sustainable fishing.
The global tuna industry is out of control. It is emptying our oceans of fish, harming other marine life and exploiting workers in shocking ways.
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 – is looking the other way. But we know from hard-hitting media exposés to our own investigative research that Thai Union Group is seriously implicated in horrendous human rights and environmental abuses.
Thai Union Group has launched a new logo and PR campaign “One Future” to convince all of 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 Thai Union Group does not clean up its act.
We need more than a slick PR campaign and new logo. That's why we contacted Thai Union Group last Friday to say that we are launching a global campaign demanding that it address environmental and labour abuse in its supply chain, and that we'll expose its brands - including Sealect in Thailand, Chicken of the Sea in the United States, John West in the UK, and Petit Navire in France - so consumers know what they are buying.
We also contacted Thai Union’s shareholders and other institutional investors warning them of the financial risks associated with these destructive and harmful practices.
No response yet.
Thai Union Group 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.
Thai Union Group can become the world’s leader in providing seafood that is sustainably and ethically sourced. Its 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, we will change the entire tuna industry.