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Social Responsibility

Bumble Bee Seafoods conducts business ethically and honestly and in a manner that respects individuals, their communities and the environment. We expect the same from those with whom we work and expect that our suppliers operate with similar values and adhere to the following basic requirements in order to maintain a relationship with us. We require that our Suppliers provide written acknowledgment and compliance with our Code of Conduct. Click here to view our Supplier Code of Conduct and information relevant to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010.

Additionally, to validate compliance with our code and drive improvement, we have third party auditors perform semi-announced onsite audits of supplier facilities. Facilities, and onsite dormitories where applicable, are audited against local and national law and against the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) standards in nine main areas including child and forced labor, wages and benefits, working hours and humane treatment. Facilities receive periodic evaluations based upon audit performance and risk assessment.

Bumble Bee realizes that social accountability must extend beyond production facilities to the harvesting vessels. While there is currently no existing standard or credible audit process for the challenging and often remote operations of tuna fishing vessels, we are actively engaged with supply chain partners and other stakeholders in this area. In late 2016, Bumble Bee joined the Seafood Task Force (formerly known as the Shrimp Sustainable Supply Chain Task Force) with the objective of providing guidance on its expanded scope into tuna and to help develop realistic and credible vessel standards for tuna vessels. While a challenging endeavor, we remain committed to expanding the reach of social accountability to tuna fishing vessels. More can learned about, and progress on Task Force developments tracked, at http://www.seafoodtaskforce.global/

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Beyond audits of facilities and vessels, Bumble Bee is further committed to ending modern slavery through our partnership with the Not For Sale Campaign https://www.notforsalecampaign.org/

Not For Sale is a “network to grow self-sustaining social projects with purpose-driven business to end exploitation and forced labor.” The approach the organization takes is to try to stop slavery before it happens by “building an economic wall between the poorest 2 billion people and slavery.” Bumble Bee is excited about our ten-year, one-million dollar commitment to support Not For Sale to support its operation in Vietnam where our Anova business has a presence! Learn more about the Vietnam project here. https://www.notforsalecampaign.org/vietnam/

 

A note from our CEO about COVID-19x
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The coronavirus has changed life, as we knew it, forever. Most people will be touched in some way by the pandemic either physically, emotionally or financially. We’ve all heard heart-breaking stories from around the world about lives that have been lost and severe financial hardships caused by the sudden shutdown of so many businesses.

On behalf of all our team members around the globe, we extend our deepest sympathies to all that are struggling through personal challenges, whatever they may be, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to all the heroes who are helping those in need.

We’d also like to add how important it is for everyone to continue to do their part to slow the spread. Physical distancing is critical, and we must all take this seriously. We use the word “physical” because staying away from people in a physical way does not mean we should be neglecting the importance of social interactions, compassion and patience.

We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

We take great pride in being a “people-first” company, so our decision to continue operations is done with utmost concern for the people making it possible. We’ve enhanced our safety measures to meet or exceed CDC guidelines and we have increased wages in our factories to assist employees dealing with the incremental costs of working and new, unexpected demands on their households.

We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and your families safe during this truly unprecedented time.

With Gratitude,
Jan
CEO, Bumble Bee Seafoods