GOOD LABOUR PRACTICES PARTICIPANTS
Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA)
GLP Programme Participants
Employers’ Confederation of Thailand (ECOT) was established in 1976 of the Labour Relations Act B.E 2518 according to the 1975 Labour Relation Act, known as the principal employers’ organisation representing Thai employers nationwide and continue living the history of the oldest and longest employers’ organisation in Thai Kingdom.
In 1970, many Thai food processors were aware of profits of collaboration in order to enhance the quality of delicatessen food and to exchange information in terms of production and marketing. Thus, they agreed to establish Thai Food Processors Association (TFPA). The first ordinary meeting was held on 21st November 1970. After establishing the association, tuna processing company became one of the members in TFPA until the ministry of commerce introduced measure for the organization of export outside the kingdom (No. 30) on 30th January 1985. It has become effective since 11th February 1985 onwards. Therefore, canned tuna processing group was founded under TFPA’s name on 15th February 1985 in order to provide flexibility in the implementation of various activities which directly benefit the manufacturers of canned tuna.
Since then, export of canned tuna products has expanded rapidly. And issues of regulation in international trade have increased respectively. Therefore, to provide flexibility in operation most effectively, they should have cooperation of Thai tuna processors to push 4 policies: food safety, sustainable fishery, ethical labor practices, and trade negotiations and relevant knowledge building in order to attain wider acceptance in trading negotiation at domestic and international levels. Thus, it has been approved in the meeting from tuna processors that Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA) should be founded and registered with the Department of Business Development on 25th July 2013 with the registration number 0109556000835
Thai Frozen Foods Association (TFFA) is a private non-profit organization founded in 1968 under the Thai Trade Association Act. The original name was Thai Marine Products Association, then changed to Thai Fishery and Frozen Products Association in 1983 to cover the frozen products industry. Finally, the present name of Thai Frozen Foods Association was adopted in 1994. The name clearly reflects the overall scenario of frozen products as food item, as well as expands the association’s supervisory role beyond marine products to cover many other food categories. TFFA runs by Directors elected from its members to a 2 year-term. The main business of its members is processing and exporting frozen foods. TFFA derives its income from annual membership fee, as well as service provided such as sample analysis, arranging seminars, sales of forms and documents. It now has more than 200 member companies, with an office located at business area of Bangkok.
Thai Food Processors’ Association (TFPA)
The Thai Food Processors' Association (TFPA) was established in 1970 as a private non-profitable organization designed to strengthen the food processing industry in Thailand. The Association currently serves nearly to 200 members ranging from small to large companies. The TFPA run by Board of Directors elected for a two year-term from its members. The TFPA has been conceded from competent government agencies such as the Department of Foreign Trade, to regulates the exporters of canned tuna to be a member of the TFPA. The Association also plays the supporting and recommending in roles in setting up both domestic food regulations and international food standard
The association was established in 1964 and consisted of executive board around 15 persons. There are 51 fishery organizations in 7 national, regional and sub-regional associations located in 15 province associations under supervision of 22 sub-district and district associations. This covers 5 fisheries cooperatives and 2 small-scale fisheries group.
The Thai Overseas Fisheries Association was established on 11 February, 1986 that aims to provide support for fishery enterprise that operate in foreign sea. With support from members, this will resolve problems encoutered by members, this will strengthen collaboration and experience sharing including opinions. The association is collaborating with government in providing support and improvement of standards at the international level.