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Responsible Sourcing: A Soy Toolkit

Traders, food processors and retailers face a fast-evolving landscape of initiatives which aim to decouple soy production and trading from deforestation and habitat conversion. The Proforest Soy Toolkit aims to provide a clear and accessible guide to a wide range of existing and emerging solutions available at each stage of the responsible sourcing process.

The Soy Toolkit is aimed at soy buyers operating at an international level who seek to responsibly source soy and reduce the deforestation associated with it.

Structure of the Soy Toolkit

The Soy Tookit is structured around the five key steps needed to help companies decouple soy from deforestation. Although presented in a sequence, these steps can be implemented in parallel and be re-visited and detailed depending on the progress with other elements.

Element 1 – Plan the Implementation

This element will provide an overview of the tools available to help soy buying companies to: identify actions to implement the commitment; build internal support and develop and communicate an implementation plan. 

Examples of tools include: The Sustainable Soy Sourcing Guidelines (CGF); the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) and the Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture (CFA).

Element 2 – Understanding the soy supply chain

This element will support soy buying companies to define: a traceability process to map the supply chain; define a risk analysis process; to understand risks of non-compliance with the policy and plan for further engagement; and prioritize suppliers for engagement. 

Practical examples and resources include, among others: traceability tools, such as Trase and Eco-Track; risk analysis systems, including Global Forest Watch; deforestation and conversion monitoring systems, such Mapbiomas, and legal compliance systems, such as the Forest Code Thermometer.

Element 3 – Engage suppliers

This element covers how companies can raise awareness and have suppliers commit to reduced deforestation policies, as well as assess their performance and develop a compliance action plan.

Example tools include the RTRS and the Soy Fast Track Fund. 

Element 4 – Purchase control system

The element is about helping companies to build capacity and implement purchase control systems. The practical examples and resources will differentiate the approach for soy traders and other buyers downstream and will include the Soy Moratorium and the Carbon Disclosure Program (CDP).

Element 5 – Monitor, verify and report

This element will introduce resources that can help soy buying companies to monitor commitment implementation and supplier’s performance, as well as reporting internally and take actions.

Implementation and funding partners

The Soy Toolkit is being developed by Proforest as part of the Good Growth Partnership's Responsible Demand Project, thanks to financial support from the Global Environment Facility through World Wildlife Fund.