Two Brazilian suppliers of soybeans to European salmon feeds, CJ Selecta and Caramuru, have achieved their goal of eliminating deforestation and soybean conversion tied to their supply chains, according to a new independent report.
Last year, Brazilian soybean suppliers to the European salmon industry, CJ Selecta, Caramuru and Imcopa, announced that they would set up a soybean value chain without deforestation or 100% conversion with 2020 as the date. limit. The commitment, to abolish trade in all soybeans grown on deforested land after this deadline to any customer, has set a new benchmark for sustainable supply chains globally.
“We view this industry-wide voluntary commitment as a benchmark to inspire other global animal protein sectors, as well as other markets related to the soy supply chain,” WWF Brazil said at the time. where the 2020 deadline was announced.
Target without deforestation achieved
Now two of the soybean suppliers, CJ Selecta and Caramuru, have met the target, according to a new report. The international certification foundation ProTerra monitors and verifies that no farmer engaged in deforestation is allowed to sell soybeans to these suppliers.
“It’s great news that Brazilian soybean farmers are for the first time ever confirmed to be completely free of deforestation and conversion across all their operations,” Nils Hermann Ranum from Rainforest Foundation Norway told Aftenposten.
“Requiring suppliers to be completely deforestation-free is necessary to stop the ongoing deforestation in Brazil. Private sector companies have a responsibility to avoid contributing to deforestation and environmental damage, and the Norwegian salmon industry and its suppliers set an important example for other food producers to follow,” says Ranum.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of the monitoring, verification and reporting (MRV) system, contracts and names on public lists of social and environmental liabilities were randomly selected and compared to names on the acceptance report. company soybeans. Using satellite techniques and blackout lists, the recently released audit report confirms that these soybean supply chains have become free of deforestation and conversion.
The audit report also confirmed that the farmers had no work related to slavery or illegal labor and that there was no agricultural overlap with indigenous lands.
The third company, Cervejaria Petropolis-Imcopa, is undergoing a corporate change and is currently participating in a separate audit process.
Grieg Seafood congratulates CJ Selecta and Caramuru
“We are working hard to reduce our impact on production and our supply chains, as we need to move towards a more sustainable food system. To be the first sector to confirm that Brazilian suppliers are deforestation and conversion free is a huge step forward,” says Tor Eirik. Male, director of food and nutrition at Grieg Seafood.
“We congratulate and celebrate this historic achievement with CJ Selecta and Caramuru. This decision proves that it is sometimes the small businesses that take the boldest steps. We hope that the rest of the Brazilian soybean industry will follow their lead,” Homme says.
There is always a risk that a farmer who does not follow the rules will try to sell his crop through an intermediary. This first audit did not focus on possible indirect suppliers, but a solution for indirect soy suppliers is also part of the adopted MRV system and will be addressed by the companies engaged in the future.