Thailand: Report alleges child labour and worker rights abuses at Walmart shrimp supplier; Walmart says facility had been disapproved

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Company response
10 September 2013

Walmart response

Author: Walmart

As a result of our auditing process, the Narong Seafood facility was red-disapproved in June 2012. Walmart does not – and will not – tolerate child labor of any type in our supply chain. We continue to work with our key partners, including United Nations Task Force on Human Trafficking, to address labor rights concerns in the larger Thai seafood industry.

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Company response
8 August 2013

Narong Seafood response

Author: Narong Seafood

After the articles [were] released…GAA [Global Aquaculture Alliance] came…[for] 4 days and nights [of] unannounced audit, discuss[ed] with more than 20 workers (with no management on site) and…[found] no evidence of labour abuse nor unfair treatment…[The] GAA…press release…[is] attached...

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Article
6 June 2013

Report finds child labor and worker rights’ violations at certified Walmart shrimp supplier [Thailand]

Author: International Labor Rights Forum & Warehouse Workers United

…The brief, titled The Walmart Effect: Child and Worker Rights Violations at Narong Seafood, documents a number of serious violations of Thai law and international human rights standards at Narong Seafood, a model shrimp processing company and longtime supplier to Walmart. Violations at Narong’s principal shrimp processing facility…include utilizing underage workers, nonpayment of wages, charging workers excessive fees for work permits, and an ineffective auditing regime…[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Narong Seafood and Walmart to respond to the allegations. Responses provided.]

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