Soy

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

 

Impact

on MDGs

              
 

Legal compliance    

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.

Economic empowerment

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 Europe

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.

 

Wout Dekker, CEO Nutreco
We need to double production and half our footprint.
That's a difficult task.
But the good news is, if we crack it, we are winners'
Wout Dekker, CEO Nutreco

 

Duration:  2008 - 2015 
Partners:

Private Partners:

Agrifirm
Amaggi
Ahold
Cargill
Cefetra 
Friesland Campina
Nutreco
Vion
Unilever
Storteboom
Gebr. Van Beek
and others

 

Product Boards

Product Board MVO

Nevedi

Bemefa (Belgium)

Lantmannen (Sweden)

Civil society partners
Solidaridad
WWF
Natuur & Milieu


Other partners
RTRS

Active in:

Brazil

Argentina

Paraguay

Bolivia

Europe

Budget:     Euro 31 million (IDH € 6,58 M, private € 24,5 M)