SEAFOOD GIANT CALLS FOR MORE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Seafood giant calls for more action on climate change. Thai Union Group PCL’s Global Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Dr. Darian McBain, called for greater action on climate change, arguing that resilient coastal and marine ecosystems and more sustainable seafood can improve the health of the world’s oceans.
Addressing the recent Asia Pacific Day for the Ocean forum, hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, McBain said that through its global sustainability strategy, SeaChange®, Thai Union has developed industry-leading programs that are helping protect the oceans.
“Climate change has taken a huge toll on the world’s ocean and it will threaten the ability of the oceans to provide food, livelihoods and safe coastal habitation for billions of people,” McBain told the forum. “The challenges are immense, but I believe that through greater collaboration and a focus on ocean outcomes we can make the world’s oceans healthier.”
McBain said as one of the world’s largest seafood companies, Thai Union takes seriously its responsibility as a leader in driving positive change across the global seafood sector.
McBain told the forum that a key pillar of SeaChange® is Responsible Sourcing, with traceability a critical component that allows Thai Union to trace each product back to its source.
“Traceability is the backbone of sustainability and is a crucial element in our strategy to improve the health of our oceans now and for future generations,” McBain said.
Thai Union has numerous programmes with set targets to protect the oceans, including a goal that all branded tuna is responsibly sourced from fisheries that are either certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or engaged in a Fishery Improvement Project (FIPs) to move them towards MSC certification, with an aim to achieve a minimum of 75 percent by the end of 2020.
In Thai Union’s aquaculture operations, the company this year trialled the use of Calysta’s sustainable FeedKind® protein for its commercially farmed shrimp, replacing fishmeal from wild fish specifically caught for protein in shrimp feed.
Thai Union is also a founding member of the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS), which brings together scientists from the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, the Royal Academy of Sciences in Sweden and 10 of the largest seafood companies in the world with the collective aim of leading a global transformation towards sustainable seafood production and a healthy ocean.
Last month, Thai Union was ranked number one on the inaugural Seafood Stewardship Index (SSI), which assessed the contribution of the world’s 30 largest seafood companies to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In 2018, Thai Union joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), collaborating to actively promote solutions for reducing plastic waste and the growing problem of abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) worldwide.