Large scale sustainability issues call for sector wide multi-stakeholder solutions
Soy is an ingredient for animal feed, a source of protein and vegetable oil and has developed into one of the world´s largest sources of bio-fuel. After China, the Netherlands is the second largest importer of soy.
Sustainability issues have become prominent on the agenda of the Dutch industry over the last years. Since 2005, soy producers, traders, processors and non governmental organizations including the Product Board Margarine. Fats and Oils, Nevedi, Unilever, Nutreco, Rabobank, Cargill, Solidaridad, WWF etc. have been setting a responsible soy producing standard in the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS).
RTRS Standards were finalized in 2010, and have been implemented by soy producers in 2011. Dutch, Belgian, English and Scandinavian traders/processors have bought the first RTRS soy in 2011.
The goal of the IDH soy program is to transform the soy sector to an institutionalized responsible level. Compliance to RTRS criteria helps soy farmers in Brazil to become legal compliant and get access to financial services. Mainstreaming RTRS compliance supports governments in Latin America in their attempts to stop deforestration.
Program at a glance
and ILO standards applied in certified farms
150.000 - 250.000 ha of native vegetation conserved/recovered
100% of Dutch processing and consumption is certified soy
|Sustainable economic growth||
By helping soy farmers to comply to RTRS criteria by creating cost-efficient traceability models that ensure low costs to the system and by increasing mainstream market demand for RTRS soy.
Private sector development
Through RTRS compliance, producers and traders will keep access to the more stable and trustworthy European markets.
Farmers will benefit from better management practices. They will profit directly from settling and insuring legal compliance issues, enabling them full access to government support and finance.
|Importance for the Netherlands||
The soy sector has an annual turnover of 3.2 billion euro and provides 7.000 direct FTEs. The Netherlands is number 2 soy importer in the world and number 1 importer in Europe.
That's a difficult task.
But the good news is, if we crack it, we are winners'
Wout Dekker, CEO Nutreco
|Duration:||2008 - 2015|
Product Board MVO
|Budget:||Euro 31 million (IDH € 6,58 M, private € 24,5 M)|