Greenpeace released a very critical report on the Thai Fishing industry and Thai Union – who are the largest canner of tuna in the world and process prawns and other seafood for the Australian market – have come to a very helpful agreement with Greenpeace on ways forward. They recognise:
Greenpeace and Thai Union share an understanding that the problem of labour and human rights violations in global tuna supply chains include, but are not limited to, the following:Forced labour and human rights abuses in the extended seafood supply chain, especially in commercial fleets that stay out at sea for extended periods of time.
- The lack of fair remuneration and decent working conditions for workers in the fishing sector.
- The absence of collective bargaining rights and freedom of association, especially for migrant workers in the fishing sector.
- The lack of contracts in a language that the workers can understand.
- The method of recruitment for workers on fishing boats through brokers that perpetuate labour and human rights abuse.
What they agree to in the labour section of the paper is:
- Vessel code of conduct – Thai Union commits to create a vessel code of conduct with an accompanying auditable standard across its global supply chain by January 2018.
- Audits will be conducted on an ongoing basis by a reputable third party with a proven track record of delivering comprehensive and respected social audit reports. The audit program will be initiated by 2018 in line with Thai Union’s SeaChange program, and continue beyond as part of continuous improvement. The Vessel Code of Conduct will be communicated to all vessel suppliers in 2018, with the notification that they can expect to be audited against this Code at any point.
And other agreements in the areas of:
- Support for organizing rights and collective bargaining
- Electronic Catch Data and Traceability (eCDT)
- Audits and transparency
- Ethical recruitment
The report can be downloaded or read at: