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ASEAN food makers look to correct labour abuses in supply chains

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Thai Union has promised to deploy electronic monitoring systems in all of its suppliers’ tuna fishing vessels by 2025 to crack down on labour rights violations, a move that could have a far-reaching impact on the industry’s business practices.

The world’s top producer of canned tuna will use equipment, including cameras, global positioning systems and sensors, that will track working conditions on board as part of the company’s commitment to “100% transparency” in its tuna supply chain.

As Southeast Asia emerges as a key supplier of food for the world, food and agricultural companies in the region are moving to address human rights concerns in their supply chains.

The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are responsible for about a fifth of global fish catches, more than China, and ASEAN members Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand provide roughly 90% of the world’s palm oil.

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