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Human Resource Development Now Top Priority For Thai Union

Thailand’s largest canned tuna producer says that it will continue to use world-class resources to invest in human capital for the benefit of its employees. Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF) has a workforce of over 32,000 people.

More than 100 Thai companies in frozen seafood have agreed to protect workers from abuses such as child labor and discrimination.

TUF company president, Thiraphong Chansiri, said: “It is our culture to value every employee from the production line to management level and provide proper career advancement programs. That is what sets us apart from other businesses in the seafood industry both in Thailand and internationally.”

The Thai tuna industry has been regularly criticized for poor labor conditions for employees, including TUF receiving allegations that it was involved in child labor in its tuna processing plants. Thai Union has always fiercely denied the accusations.

Executives said that the recent agreement of 130 Thai companies who signed a memorandum of understanding to adopt good labor practices was prompted by international scrutiny over the industries’ current operations.

Chansiri added: “Although we have seen some challenges in the industry this year, we feel that this is the right time for the company to invest even more in our human resources in order for us to grow into the future and remain at the forefront of the industry’s development, and to ensure we continue to provide the world with safe, quality and delicious seafood.”

The company launched a two-year management associate program in December 2012, focused on creating a new generation of Thai leaders to work in its subsidiary companies globally. This forms part of its investment in human resource development programs, which it has been focused on for the past six years.

All of this is said to contribute to TUF’s efforts to achieve long-term revenue goals. Its target lies at USD 5 billion in 2015 and USD 8 billion by 2020.