Why Prawns are Off the Menu at Air New Zealand - FreedomUnited.org

Why Prawns are Off the Menu at Air New Zealand

  • Published on
    June 6, 2018
  • News Source Image
  • Category:
    Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Prevention, Supply Chain
Hero Banner

Prawns have quietly disappeared from Air New Zealand’s menu. But why?

The airline is concerned that they have been caught using slave labor.

Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said that the company wants greater transparency from its suppliers so that it can be sure their goods are not tainted by human trafficking or forced labor.

‘We’ve recently taken prawns off because we don’t have confidence about the supply and where they’re coming from, what conditions they are caught in and what conditions the workers are in,” he said.

Prawns caught in Southeast Asia have been linked to cases of human trafficking, yet they continue to be exported to buyers across the world.

The New Zealand Herald reports that Air New Zealand’s move ties into broader reforms in the airline industry:

‘It’s a small example of the things we’re looking at – we have to be reaching back further into our supply chain to make sure that inadvertently or unintentionally we might be causing something that’s contravening basic human rights or labour rights,” Luxon said.

The airline had signed up to international modern slavery legislation three years ago and to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

Air New Zealand is also part of an international effort to stamp out human trafficking, an initiative boosted this week by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) drive to eliminate the practice.

Luxon said his airline began training staff last year to recognise people who may be travelling under duress.

”The extensive reach of the global air transport network means that unfortunately, airlines are used by traffickers to facilitate their activities.”

IATA represents around 280 airlines, and this week the association passed new resolutions to share best practices among airlines on how to identify potential cases of human trafficking and respond in ways that do not put victims in danger.

In addition, IATA called on governments to establish clear, practical, and discreet mechanisms to report cases of human trafficking in the air transport industry.

”Human traffickers operate in plain sight and can only be stopped with the full cooperation of all parts of the value chain, especially airport operators, ground handling agents and other air transport system stakeholders,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and chief executive.

Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

This week

E.U. market will be tainted with forced labor without strong legislation

A report published on December 6 commissioned by a group of E.U. lawmakers warns that “a substantial volume of apparel tainted by Uyghur forced labor is moving into the E.U. without restriction.” The report indicates how E.U. policy does not do enough to weed out forced labor from large supply chains and, therefore, does not protect consumers from buying products made with Uyghur forced labor, according to The Guardian. Implication by state-sponsored

| Wednesday December 6, 2023

Read more