Soy Collaboration and Certification
Advancing sustainability, monitoring progress and meeting certification requirements
Partnership and collaboration
We work with key stakeholders to improve soy sustainability, protect biodiversity and establish certified supply chains to meet demand for responsibly produced soy.
- The Nature Conservancy: Cargill has been working closely with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Brazil since 2004 to protect biodiversity and promote sustainable intensification of agricultural production. We work with TNC in Brazil and Paraguay to advance sustainable soy production.
- World Resources Institute: Cargill partners with the World Resources Institute (WRI) to help equip the agricultural sector with new analysis tools. We work with WRI in Paraguay to improve sustainable soy practices.
- Soy working group: We participate in an ongoing working group with members of industry associations – including the Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries (ABIOVE) and ANEC — as well as TNC, World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Conservation International and Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia.
- Soja Plus: Through our membership in ABIOVE, we are supporting the Soja Plus Program, which encourages environmental conservation, better agricultural practices and improving the rights and well-being of rural producers and other workers in soy supply chains. To date, the program has reached more than 6,200 producers in Brazil.
- Coalizão Brasil Clima, Florestas e Agricultura: We co-lead the forest code implementation working group of this multi-sector movement in Brazil. The group includes more than 150 companies, business associations, research centers and civil society organizations, such as The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, ABIOVE, Agroicone, Imazon and IPAM.
- IMAFLORA: We work with the Institute of Agricultural and Forest Management and Certification (IMAFLORA) to translate and distribute 1,000 copies of its Guide for Application of the New Forest Law to Rural Properties to Brazilian producers and international stakeholders.
- Round Table on Responsible Soy: Cargill is a member of Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), a working group dedicated to implementing measures for making global soy production sustainable and responsible. RTRS has members from the agricultural and financial industries and the NGO community, and is focused specifically on practices for soy production, processing and trading that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
We work with soy farmers to help them achieve certification and we meet sustainability certification requirements for our soy supply chains:
- ISCC and 2BSvs: In Europe, we participate in soy certification programs that meet European Union-recognized sustainability criteria. We have certified soy supply chains conforming to one or more of these recognized standards in the U.S., Canada, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. For instance, about 20 of our sites have certificates through the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) program, which independently verifies a range of sustainability criteria. We participate in the 2BSvs (Biomass and Biofuel Sustainability voluntary scheme), which looks at similar factors.
- Triple S (Sustainably Sourced & Supplied): We also developed an independently verified sustainability certification program known as Triple S (Sustainably Sourced & Supplied). Farmers who commit to this program pledge to produce their crops under three basic criteria: use of best agricultural practices; protecting worker welfare; and managing greenhouse gas emissions under a continuous improvement process. Farmers in Paraguay are enrolled in this program, which is endorsed by the Netherlands Feed Industry Trade Association and aligns with 2BSvs and ISCC standards.