Our ambition is to continue our efforts to purchase sustainable soy. In regions where there is a high risk of irresponsible soy production, we will continue to committ our efforts towards third party verified sustainable soy.
Skretting and Nutreco have been long-term supporters of multi-stakeholder initiatives that are focused on reducing the deforestation. This includes our involvement as an active member of the Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS), the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the FEFAC Sustainability Committee and the US Soy Export Council Sustainability Committee.
In 2017, we set a goal to work towards developing industry-based solutions to this issue and as such we joined new platforms targeting deforestation. Firstly, Nutreco joined a number of strategic partners that formed the Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture (CFA). This initiative was launched in 2016 by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, with the aim to achieve solid commitments to zero conversion by leading companies that buy, distribute and process soy and beef in the Amazon and Cerrado regions in Brazil, and in the Gran Chaco region spanning Argentina and Paraguay.
Nutreco was also part of a broad support group facilitated by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) formed in 2017 to address further ways of protecting the Cerrado biome in Brazil. The Cerrado biome represents 21% of Brazil’s land area and is one of the richest tropical savannahs in the world. Nutreco was one of the 23 original signatories and the only business-to-business company to sign. By doing so, Nutreco commits to bringing practical proposals and solutions that will allow the Brazilian industry to increase its beef production in ways not requiring further deforestation.
In 2016, Skretting became signatories to the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF). This agreement outlines 10 ambitious global targets to protect and restore forests and end natural forest loss by 2030 and has been endorsed by over 190 countries, sub-national governments, companies, indigenous peoples and NGOs to date.
In addition to our involvement in multi-stakeholder initiatives, Skretting has also continued to support the development of deforestation free supply chains through our direct raw material purchases. 100% of the soy purchased by Skretting in Norway, UK and Australia is ProTerra certified. This means that one-third of Skretting’s soy is purchased from sustainably certified sources.