Thai Union Group’s Chicken of the Sea has announced the formation of a Responsible Aquaculture Commitment that will drive efforts to bring full traceability and sustainability to its aquaculture supply chains. This is in line with its SeaChange IGNITE initiative, which was formed through the collaboration of Monterey Bay Aquarium, Chicken of the Sea, and Thai Union to advance new sustainability improvement projects throughout the supply chain to advance Thai Union’s SeaChange objectives.
The new commitment lays out a plan for 100% of Chicken of the Sea-branded aquaculture products to meet Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch recommended ratings and certifications, as well as social responsibility standards accepted by Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative (GSSI) or Social Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) through fully traceable supply chains.
Progress toward this commitment is already well established with a target of achieving 100% of the goal by 2025. This commitment is inclusive of all steps in the production process to ensure Chicken of the Sea’s aquaculture supply chains are fully traceable and sustainable—from harvest to consumption. Projects in support of this commitment are already underway in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
“We will achieve these standards by supporting groups of farms in Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIPs) undergoing environmental and social improvements at a coordinated regional scale. To meet our goals, we will continue to partner with stakeholders from NGOs, governments, and supply chain members to make improvements and bring sustainable products to market,” said Roxanne Nanninga, sustainability director, Thai Union North America. “SeaChange IGNITE serves as the primary vehicle for driving sustainability improvements on the ground to achieve the standards set forth by Chicken of the Sea’s Responsible Aquaculture Commitment.”