SEATTLE (July 23, 2014) — More than 160,000 people from around the world have signed onto a new petition from SumOfUs.org urging Costco, Walmart and Carrefour to stop selling shrimp and prawns whose production relies upon slave labor in Asia, and join Project Issara, a cutting edge Thai initiative to end modern slavery in that country.
The petition comes after a report by The Guardian last month found that shrimp and prawns sold in the United States and United Kingdom were often produced using slave labor in Thailand. According to The Guardian, the world’s largest prawn and shrimp farmer, the Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods, is the prime supply offender, buying from suppliers that work directly or indirectly with slave-manned fishing boats.
SumOfUs.org’s campaign urges the three largest grocers in the world, Walmart, Carrefour, and Costco, who were named specifically in The Guardian’s investigation and have yet to take action, to join Project Issera, an initiative by Anti-Slavery International to eliminate slavery within export-oriented industries in Thailand. The Project seeks to push brands that may be buying slavery-made products to use their brand power to eliminate slavery within global supply chains.
Testimony from escapees reveals the gravity of this exploitation. One trafficking victim said he had seen as many as 20 fellow slaves killed in front of him. “If you buy prawns or shrimp from Thailand, you will be buying the product of slave labor,” said Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International.
View the petition online at http://action.sumofus.org/a/walmart-costco-carrefour-prawns-slave-labor/?sub=pr. For more information, or for interviews with SumOfUs.org,
SumOfUs.org is a global movement of consumers, investors, and workers all around the world, standing together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable and just path for the global economy.