Sustainable Soy Transparency
Identifying and communicating areas of highest risk and priorities for taking action
Our commitment to reporting
We provide regular updates about our progress toward building a sustainable, deforestation-free soy supply chain. Each year we publish two reports: a mid-year update and a year-end review. View our reports:
- South American Soy 2020 mid-year update – English, French, Portuguese
- South American Soy Progress Report 2019
Mapping and monitoring
We have been working for two decades to improve the sustainability of soy. During that time, we have significantly improved our ability to map and monitor our supply chain. We have advanced from mapping by georeferenced single points to the more sophisticated methodology of polygon mapping all our direct suppliers’ farm boundaries. Drawing on satellite data from external sources, this more sophisticated method helps us identify and monitor land use connected to the soy we buy in a much more precise way.
Once the polygons are defined and matched to farming operations, we will be able to monitor and respond to any conversion in our supply chain more quickly. We aim to complete the mapping process as quickly as possible. See our Grievance Process for details about how we address grievances raised in relation to our supply chain.
We share updates on our progress with our customers through the SoyaWise™ traceability portal.
Using our risk assessment methodology, we are conducting a comprehensive risk assessment of our soy supply chain in order to prioritize areas most in need of engagement.
Priority areas for protection
To assess the impact of soy production, it us useful to understand the environments in which it occurs, particularly in three of South American’s major biomes: the Amazon, Cerrado and Gran Chaco. These biomes spread across several countries and are vastly different in their natural characteristics and the local communities that depend on them:
- The Amazon: The world’s biggest tropical forest, home to an immense amount of biodiversity and indigenous cultures. Soy farming occurs mainly around its edges.
- The Cerrado: A savannah that stretches across Brazil’s agricultural heartland. Farming activity here serves as the backbone for local economies and 46 million inhabitants.1
- The Gran Chaco: The continent’s second-largest forest, which spreads across parts of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. It is home to important biodiversity and many different communities.