Thanks to the enforcement by the Thai government of new laws on traceability and good co-operation from our suppliers, now 99% of the ingredients Nestlé sources from its seafood supply chain in Thailand are traceable back to the individual fishing vessel.
This improved level of traceability is a vital step towards eliminating human rights and labour abuses in Thailand’s fishing industry.
In the coming months it will help ensure that workers and boat owners receive training and enable further verification of living and working conditions on the boats.
“When we launched our Action Plan last year, we promised to help improve the lives of those affected by these unacceptable practices,” said Nestlé’s Executive Vice President of Operations, Magdi Batato.“This is a journey, but working together with our partners, we are seeing good progress”.
Nestlé has signed an agreement with Issara Institute, a US and Thailand based nongovernmental organization specializing in migrant worker voice and grievance mechanisms with a well-proven record in emergency response, to help workers in the Thai seafood industry raise any concerns they might have.
Along with Verité, one of our other NGO partners, they trained 150 Thai port and boat workers on migrant workers’ rights in March. It is thought to be the first such training at a port in Thailand.
The Thai Government, Nestlé and Thai Union have also agreed to set up a ‘Demonstration Boat’ to train and share best practice among boat owners, captains and workers.