Skretting Sustainability Report 2022

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Soy ingredients

Our 2020 Soy and Oil Palm Sourcing Policy shows our commitment to achieving a deforestation-free supply of soy and oil palm ingredients by 2025.

Soy & Oil Palm Sourcing Policy – reflecting on progress so far

Our 2020 Soy and Oil Palm Sourcing Policy shows our commitment to achieving a deforestation-free supply of soy and oil palm ingredients by 2025. The policy categorises soy and palm ingredients into four different classes based on deforestation risks and shows which sustainability certificates can be used to mitigate these risks. This classification system guides our purchase team as we aim to source deforestation-free soy and oil palm ingredients by the end of 2025.

Through close collaboration with our suppliers we are gaining an increased understanding of the origins of our soy. Despite these gains, we still see large complexities within our supply chains. We are pleased to see the EU acting on deforestation, with a 2022 ruling mandating due diligence on select imported commodities, including soy, to ensure their deforestation-free origins. We believe that this will force the industry to create 100% traceable deforestation-free supply chains. Hopefully, these supply chains will not only be available to our EU-based companies, but also our other businesses across the globe.

We have set intermediate goals towards a deforestation-free supply chain by the end of 2025. In 2022, we committed to only source Class A, B or C. This means that we will not source from high risk countries without relevant certifications. In many cases we covered this intermediate goal by purchasing Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) credits for our high deforestation risk soy volumes. Through the purchase of RTRS credits, we support farmers that are deforestation free. Unfortunately, 3% of our total soy purchases originated from high risk regions without any certification making these volumes non-compliant with our sourcing policy’s 2022 goals.

However, 97% of the purchases were compliant with the intermediate goal and we do see a continued decrease in uncertified, high risk, soy products - from 14% in 2020 to 3% in 2022. We will work together with our business and suppliers to decrease this number to 0% in 2023 so we are fully compliant with our sourcing policy.

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Progress towards meeting sourcing objectives in our marine sourcing policy in 2022 as a percentage of purchases

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Breakdown of soy purchases in 2022

A large proportion of the soy purchased by business units salmon, southern Europe, Africa and LatAm classified as class A and B in 2022. This is partly achieved by sourcing segregated deforestation-free soy from high-risk countries and partly by sourcing from countries with a low risk for deforestation. In particular, the Skretting businesses in Africa achieved an impressively high share of class A soy by sourcing from such low-risk countries.

We also observe a relatively large share of class D soy for the business unit Asia. We are actively engaging with our supply chains in Asia to make sure we improve next year on our road to deforestation-free soy. Segregated deforestation-free soy supply chains are primarily available for non-GMO soy and we struggle to find segregated deforestation free GMO soy products. Therefore, class B seems to be the best achievable class for the GMO soy products, which explains the high shares of class B soy for many of our businesses.

Classification of soy purchased per business unit in 2022 pie chart
Global soy sourcing region in 2022 pie chart

CJ Selecta takes new steps towards sustainable soy

Four years ago, the newly formed sustainability department of CJ Selecta set ambitious goals, with seven steps to strengthen sustainability. These steps included a greenhouse gas report, the promotion of research in non-GMO seed programs, becoming Amazon biome free, measuring carbon footprint and conducting farm audits. The steps were published in the first GRI report in 2020.

Today, CJ Selecta can look back at four years of tremendous progress, which has inspired new and far more ambitious goals for the next era of Brazilian soy. Possibly the biggest and most transformative leap forward has been on traceability.

“We belong to a large and complicated ecosystem of value chains, so in order to make real progress towards sustainability it is vital that we, our partners and clients have access to tools for tracing our products,” says Guilherme Tancredi, CJ Selecta’s CEO.

To facilitate better traceability, CJ Selecta is in the middle of launching its brandnew app Soy Trace™, which gives valuable insight to everyone who purchases their products in the value chain. SoyTrace’s primary functions are to:

  • Ensure that products are truly deforestation free 
  • Enable clients to make informed choices: know about carbon footprint, logistics and quality traits
  • Inform users about the products, their origins and the importance of protecting precious nature, including sensitive Brazilian biomes
In a world of conflicting and confusing information, true traceability is key
Guilherme Tancredi, CEO, CJ Selecta

Next: Marine ingredients

It is our ambition that by 2025 all fish meal and fish oil we use originates from fisheries that are managed according to the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. 

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Procurement milestones in 2022
Understanding sourcing in different markets
Soy ingredients
Marine ingredients
Novel ingredients