Supporting companies in the responsible sourcing of soy

Under its Demand project, the Good Growth Partnership is working to raise awareness and to strengthen demand for sustainably produced beef, palm oil and soy among consumers, policy makers, companies and investors.

Traceability of soy is important to enable companies to assess whether their procurement policies on deforestation and other environmental and social issues are being met at the production level. As a crop used for many purposes, including in feedstock, but also in consumer products and meat substitutes, soy is often used indirectly and tracing the product back to its origin can be a daunting task. Traceability is one of the many issues faced by companies engaged in the responsible sourcing of soy which aims to decouple soy production and trading from deforestation, conversion of native vegetation and human rights violations.

Thanks to financial support from the Global Environment Facility and in coordination with the World Wildlife Fund, Proforest has developed a Soy Toolkit which aims to provide a clear and accessible guide for companies to a wide range of existing and emerging solutions available at each of the five key stages of the soy responsible sourcing process: Asses and Plan Implementation; Understand Supply Chain Risks; Engage Suppliers; Establish a Purchase Control System; and Monitor, Verify and Report.

The Toolkit also covers cross-cutting briefings and discussion papers which aim to contribute to issues companies are dealing with when implementing their responsible sourcing policy commitments.  You can now access the first discussion paper on ‘Addressing gender considerations in the soy supply chain: tackling gender inequality through responsible sourcing‘.

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