Thank you for your email addressed to our Chief Executive Philip Clarke. The accounts of slavery in the production of fishmeal in Thailand, as reported in the Guardian, were deeply shocking. We regard slavery as completely unacceptable and are determined to use our influence to ensure it is stamped out.
We have already made significant progress in improving conditions in farms, peeling sheds and processing facilities in Thailand; which in the past have been vulnerable to both child and forced labour. We now need to ensure the same progress is extended to the largely unregulated fishing industry that provides fish bought for use in fishmeal for prawns. We are working with our suppliers to ensure the fishmeal supply chain is fully traceable and slavery-free, and have been working for some time in partnership with the International Labour Organisation and Ethical Trading Initiative to achieve broader change across the Thai fishing industry. We will back up this work with unannounced checks at each stage of the supply chain, to ensure conditions are decent, and we will not cease until we have ensured that is the case.
Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.
Chief Executive’s Office
Topic: Emma Littlewood
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