Thai Union Sustainability Report Issued Ahead of Strategy Update

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The Bangkok-headquartered Thai Union Group has published its ninth annual Sustainability Report, providing an in-depth look at how the frozen and canned seafood company’s programs and initiatives are helping transform its operations and the global seafood industry.

The 2021 Sustainability Report outlines the progress that Thai Union has made through its SeaChange sustainability strategy, which will this year receive a major update including the introduction of new science-based targets to address the threats that climate change present.

“2021 marked another great year in our sustainability journey,” said CEO Thiraphong Chansiri. “While we faced the ongoing challenge of Covid-19 and the risks it created for our business, the pandemic did not prevent us from continuing our long-term efforts to pursue positive change, not just across our own business but also the broader seafood industry. We not only continued to implement initiatives across the four key programs of SeaChange, but also explored new areas such as Blue Finance, maintaining our position as a sustainability leader in the industry.”

There were a number of significant achievements, as the company further strengthened its sustainability efforts. Successes included completing Thai Union’s first greenhouse gas inventory across Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions; introducing its Tuna Commitment up to 2025, which includes commitments to address illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and modern day slavery; adopting the “Employer Pays Principle” to ensure no worker should pay for a job; and donating nearly a million servings of food along with other Covid-19 supplies as part of the Thai Union Cares program.

“We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved, not just last year, but since we introduced SeaChange,” said Adam Brennan, group director of sustainability. “We are also excited about our future plans, which will extend even further our leadership role in the industry, starting with a significant revision to SeaChange, including setting new goals and commitments to 2030.”