Bumble Bee Foods subsidiary Anova USA has received the SA8000 certification, focusing on human rights norms, for its main tuna processing facility in Vietnam, the company said in a release.
Certification is granted by independent certification bodies based on eight performance criteria: child labor, forced and compulsory labor, health and safety, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours and remuneration.
“One of the goals of the Fair Trade tuna program is eventually reach MSC certification. With our implementing NGO partner MDPI in Indonesia, we have continued down this path since day one, from the implementation of FT USA standards through the expansion of the program towards MSC,” said Blane Olson, director of Anova Technical Services.
Anova’s Fair Trade Certified yellowfin tuna has entered its third year of success, resulting in over $200,000 of fair trade premium being returned to the fishermen and their communities. Key customers that support the Fair Trade program include Darden’s Seasons 52 restaurants and retailers Hy-Vee, Price Chopper and Albertsons-Safeway.