On 15 January 2016, the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry, and Banking — which comprises the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Thai Federation of Industries, and Thai Bankers Association, representing the 3 pillars of Thai companies — published a press release in connection with the Thai Fishery Producers Coalition outlining their progress and commitment to eradicate IUU fishing and illegal labour practices in Thai fishery sector. Details of the measures are as follows:
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (KorKorRor) together with private sector notify their operations in tackling human trafficking and fishing issues.
15 January 2016
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (KorKorRor) which comprise of Thai Chamber of Commerce; Thai Federation of Industries and Thai Bankers Association together with Thai Fishery Producers Coalition (TFPC) which comprise of eight (8) fishery product related associations namely the Thai Frozen Food Association; Thai Food Processors’ Association; Thai Shrimp Association; Thai Tuna Industry Association; National Fishery Association of Thailand; Thai Overseas Fishery Association; Thai Fishmeal Association; Thai Fishmeal Producer Association and Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (Thailand). which all their members are also members of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Thai Federation of Industries, are jointly notified the progress of their operations by the private sector i.e. the manufacturers and exporters in solving Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing throughout the supply chain of fishery products, and that they are strictly responsible and comply with the Fisheries Act 2015, International Standard in fishing and producing fisheries products on the sustainable basis without the use of child labor, labor trafficking nor exploiting workers.
Dr. Poj Aramvvattananont stated on behalf of all the above mentioned private sector that all of these sectors have confirmed to cooperate and support all the policies and all the activities of the Government. Each and every trade association has amended their operations in accordance with the rules, regulations and policy as set by the Government in order to effectively create sustainable development and build up the confidence that IUU Fishing should be eliminated as soon as possible for the wealth of aquatic resources of Thailand. These practices will be in accordance with World Standards and there will be no risk of the raw materials derived from IUU fishing to contaminate in the production chain. Thus the operations in the fishing industry can be traced back (Traceability), no child labor, no trafficking labor nor labor exploitation. Each organization has operated as follows:
Dr. Poj Aramwattananont concluded that “the private sector in this industry reaffirms and recognizes the importance of such cooperation and pledged to support the government’s policy to fix the problem IUU Fishing and labor law. We will be in compliance wtih Law and International legal standards, ethical guidelines for the good image of Thailand and Thai products. This makes Thailand’s seafood industry sustainable and become part of government policy of “Thailand: Kitchen to the World”.