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Thai Union terminates 16 suppliers due to forced labor

Staff Writer |
Thailand-based producer of seafood products, Thai Union, has briefed delegates on good labor practices from the ASEAN CSR Network at its facilities in Samut Sakhon province.

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Chan Shue Chung, Thai Union’s head of group human resources, hosted the briefing and gave an overview of the company’s labor policies, covering Thai Union’s Business Ethics and Labor Code of Conduct and its Ethical Migrant Worker Recruitment programme.

In addition, Chung introduced the formation of an elected welfare committee comprised of Thai and migrant employee representatives focused on improving communications between employees and the company.

Chung went on to express hope that Thai Union’s labor practice examples could be a useful stepping stone for the ASEAN CSR Network members to apply within their own home countries.

In the last 18 months, Thai Union has terminated relationships with 16 suppliers due to forced labor or human trafficking violations. The company has also reduced the number of vessels it conducts business with from over 2,000 to just 400 to drive better visibility and control of labor conditions.

Thai Union has stressed the importance of compliance saying that suppliers who do not work to meet the standards will be unable to continue working with the company.

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