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Pacific Canned Tuna Supply Chains


The Pacific is home to the world’s largest tuna fisheries, providing almost 60% of the world’s tuna catch, worth US$22 billion (out of a US$42 billion globally) in 2016, and demand is increasing. Yet reports of severe human rights abuses are rife, including forced labour, slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

Between November 2018 and January 2019, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre surveyed 35 canned tuna companies and supermarkets, representing 80 global brands, on their approach to human rights challenges, including modern slavery, in the context of the multi-billion dollar Pacific tuna fishing sector. Our research found that a few committed companies are conducting robust due diligence and introducing innovative measures to address human rights challenges but, in general, companies are failing to support their public policies with practical action.

This tracker allows users to explore and compare companies' reported action in key areas, including human rights due diligence, responding to complaints and external engagement, and to find out which companies failed to respond.

Recent Developments

Tuna brands are failing to tackle modern slavery in their Pacific supply chains

Canned tuna brands are failing to tackle modern slavery in their Pacific supply chains, according to a new report which calls for urgent reforms to protect workers at sea.

World’s largest tuna firm Thai Union announces pathbreaking environmental & labour reforms

Following a global campaign, Thai Union announced new commitments to support best practice fisheries, reduce illegal and unethical practices in its global supply chains, and bring more responsibly-caught tuna to markets.

Bolton Group to adopt new tuna sourcing policy following consumer pressure

The news that European tuna and food giant Bolton is adopting a brand new, progressive tuna sourcing policy is another great example of how people power can help drive ocean-friendly momentum in a huge and complicated global industry.