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Proforest has provided consultancy services to producers and buyers of soy since 2012, working closely with them to help them implement responsible practices for production and sourcing.

Soy cultivation has significant environmental and social impacts, especially where forested land and other areas containing high conservation values (HCVs) may be cleared for planting.

Where do we work?

Since 2012 we’ve been working with Nestlé and their suppliers in Brazil and Argentina. In 2014, we expanded this to include the USA soy supply. Our team in Proforest’s Latin America office have extensive experience in the responsible production and sourcing of soy.

How can we help you?

A key step in responsible sourcing is to trace your soy supply chain back to the crushing plants and their supply base of farmers. We can then help you to engage with your key suppliers to improve production practices and supply chain transparency.

We work at many levels through the soy supply chain:

  • Responsible sourcing policy. We’ll help you define your policies, taking into account environmental and social criteria important to you and specific to soy.
  • Practical guidelines. We’ll build on your sourcing policy and identify the best ways to put it into practice. This might be through the use of existing initiatives (such as RTRS or other certification schemes) or through verification of your own sourcing guidelines.
  • Supply chain mapping. Soy supply chains are often extensive and complicated. Tracing the soy supply back to the farm, where environmental and social impacts actually occur, is an on-going process in which Proforest’s teams specialise. With our knowledge of the main challenges in soy production and sourcing, we can help you identify where the key risks and issues are in your supply chain.
  • Supplier engagement. Your suppliers need to understand your environmental and social requirements, and how to implement them. Through training, on-going engagement with your teams and suppliers, and communicating important guidance effectively, we can help ensure that appropriate production and traceability standards are put in place. We also provide assessments to identify HCVs, and support producers to manage and monitor any HCVs that are identified. 
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External resources

Roundtable for Sustainable Soy (RTRS)