• Service: Advisory, Risk Consulting, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Topics, Climate Change
  • Industry: Food, Drink & Consumer Products
  • Type: White paper
  • Date: 29/05/2013

Sustainable Insight

This series explores issues that are shaping the sustainability debate and may have a direct impact on business.

Sustainable Insight: A roadmap to responsible soy 

Soy is one of the world’s most important and profitable agricultural commodities. But it is also controversial because its production is associated with significant environmental and social problems including deforestation and poor working conditions.
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The production of soy is soaring as global population growth and increasing wealth in the developing world drive demand. But as production grows, so do the industry’s environmental and social impacts.

This paper has been prepared by KPMG International, in collaboration with The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), WWF, FMO (the Netherlands Development Finance Company), and IFC (International Finance Corporation).


Key insights

  • Only 2 to 3 percent of soy production is currently certified as responsibly-produced. Responsible production in soy lags far behind other commodities such as palm oil, cocoa and coffee.
  • Identifies four key barriers to mainstreaming responsible soy production, presents a roadmap to overcome them and a framework of actions to assist companies in developing an effective response strategy.



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