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The Swedish Soy Diaogue.

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The Swedish Soy Diaogue.

  1. 1. The Swedish Soy Dialogue Introduction
  2. 2. The Swedish Soy Dialogue The Swedish Soy Dialogue (www.sojadialogen.se) was initiated in 2012 as a cross-industry collaboration between Swedish feed companies, food companies, food retailers, association organisations and NGOs. The network’s purpose is to highlight the issues around soy production and to contribute to the development of responsible production of soy. Today almost 50 companies and organisations have signed and are implementing the Swedish Soy Dialogue Commitment. From January 2018 the co-ordination of the dialogue was handed over from WWF Sweden to Axfoundation. WWF is still a signatory and part of the executive/working group. Read more about Axfoundation: www.axfoundation.se/en. The commitment By signing the Swedish Soy Dialogue Commitment, members ensure that all soya that has been used directly or indirectly (i.e. “embedded soya” in feed) in the production/trade of animal protein products and products for human consumption, and for which the company can be hold accountable (i.e. private labels), shall be responsibly produced*. The commitment is voluntary and comprises products produced in Sweden as well as products produced in countries outside Sweden. By signing, the member needs to fulfil the commitment before yearend. The progress towards the commitment is publicly reported on the members’ websites and in their sustainability reports. *Definition of responsible produced soya on next page. © Världsnaturfonden/WWF
  3. 3. 3 Definition of responsible soy production – The Swedish Soy Dialogue’s 7 criteria The Swedish Soy Dialogue has committed to source soya that is produced responsibly, as defined in the criteria listed below. The criteria correlate with standards in well-known soy certification standards such as the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and ProTerra. 1. Relevant legislation is enforced. 2. The production is subject to solid environmental considerations, including protection of endangered species, wetlands and riparian zones, soil conditions, water and air quality etc. 3. The production does not contribute to deforestation or conversion of other natural habitats of high conservation value; 4. Continuous improvement of better management practices. 5. Safe handling of agrochemicals and the use of highly toxic chemicals are forbidden or under a phase out program. This includes chemicals listed in the Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions. 6. The elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. There are secure labour conditions, freedom of association, and decent wages. 7. Respect for legal and customary land rights. © Världsnaturfonden/WWF
  4. 4. 2. Verified soy The Swedish Soy Dialogue also believes that there may be other sustainability initiatives that can ensure responsibly produced soya. Thus, the dialogue has developed a methodology for self-assessment/verification of low risk sourcing regions. The verification methodology applies to soy production for animal feed and is based on the below four evaluation steps. Currently, the Swedish Soy Dialogue accepts soy feed from parts of Canada sourced via Norway, through this methodology. You can read a summary of the verification in Swedish here. Condition criteria 1. The soya is traceable to country/region. 2. The country is under stable, democratic and effective governance with a very low risk for corruption of governing agents. Very low levels of crime and terrorism. Very high confidence of rule of law. Index: • Foreign Trade Association Business Social Compliance Index (BSCI) > 90/100 • World Bank’s Regulatory Quality Index (WBRQ) = 90-100 • Fragile State Index (FSI) < 40/120 • Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (TICPI) > 80/100 3. The Swedish Soy Dialogue executive group makes an assessment based on 7 criteria and available means of verification. 4. The assessment is verified by third party international experienced auditor. 1. Credibly certified soy Certification implies that an independent auditor inspects and review soy farms in regards to environmental, social and economic sustainability criteria. The Swedish soy dialogue currently accept the following certification standards: • RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) • ProTerra • EU-organic or IFOAM The main part of the certified soya according to RTRS and ProTerra standards is cultivated in South America. Approved means of verification of responsibly produced soya To meet the Swedish Soy Dialogue Commitment, the member organizations have two choices: (1) certified soy from credible certification standard or; (2) verified soy, from verified region approved through the Swedish Soy Dialogue’s methodology for verification (see below). Soy volumes which are not traceable to a certified or verified source should be covered by certificates (RTRS credits). YES
  5. 5. The Swedish Soy Dialogue’s 45 member organizations Members include Swedish feed companies, food companies, food retailers, association organisations and NGOs.

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