In a landmark move, Thai Union, one of the world`s largest seafood companies, has reached an agreement with Greenpeace to promote sustainable fishing practices and improve the welfare of workers in the fishing industry.
The agreement, which was signed in Bangkok in late 2017, comes after years of campaigning by Greenpeace to expose the environmental and social issues plaguing the seafood industry in Thailand. The country is one of the world`s top exporters of seafood, but has been criticized for its reliance on cheap and often exploitative labor, as well as its use of destructive fishing methods that damage marine ecosystems.
Under the terms of the agreement, Thai Union has committed to a range of measures aimed at improving sustainability and worker rights. These include:
– Implementing a comprehensive traceability system to ensure that all seafood products can be traced back to their source, and are not linked to illegal or unsustainable fishing practices.
– Reducing its reliance on “trash fish” – low-value species that are often caught using destructive methods like bottom trawling – and instead sourcing more sustainable alternatives.
– Implementing a “no forced labor” policy across its operations, and working to improve conditions for workers in its supply chain.
– Supporting the creation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in areas where fishing is particularly damaging to the environment.
The agreement has been hailed as a major step forward in the fight for sustainable seafood, and has been praised by environmental and labor rights groups alike. However, some have criticized Thai Union for not going far enough, and for failing to address some of the underlying issues that perpetuate unsustainable and unethical practices in the industry.
Greenpeace has pledged to closely monitor Thai Union`s progress in implementing the agreement, and to continue pushing for further reforms and improvements. As the seafood industry continues to face scrutiny over its environmental and social impacts, it is clear that more companies will need to follow Thai Union`s lead and take bold steps to address these issues.