Sixty poultry farms of Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) have earned the Thai Labor Standard: TLS 8001-2553 certification. The certification means the farms have met the national standard for labor rights and welfare.

CPF has become the first company in Thailand’s poultry industry to be certified with the standard. 

The company, in a press release, said it aims to certify all 99 of its poultry farms. The applications of another 39 farms are expected to be completed before the end of 2018. 

Parisotat Punnabhum, CPF executive vice president of human resources, said much attention has been paid to labor management. This is to make sure that all people who work in the company’s supply chain have been treated properly. 

In addition, CPF has also implemented the Good Labor Practice Principles and guideline to broiler farms of the company’s partners and farmers. The company is now continuing workforce auditing for the second year to ensure all farms applied this guideline properly. 

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The audits will focus on monitoring workforce management and practices of those farms to ensure they have complied with GLP guideline and other international human rights approaches. 

CPF stated that the violation of labor rights such as illegal labor, forced labor and child labor will not be tolerated. 

“All workers must be treated equally under a guideline of international standards to make consumers and partners across the world to be confident in our supply chain,” Punnabhum added. 

In addition to CPF’s poultry farms, five of the company’s shrimp farms have been certified and maintained the Thai Labor Standard for 10 consecutive years, 87 swine farms are recognized and honorary certified for their good labor practices from the Ministry of Labor as well.

CPF, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, is an extensive network of agri-food holdings operating primarily in Asia and Europe from the company's headquarters in Thailand.