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Soya

In 2017, we procured around 477 000 tonnes of soya. The vast majority of the soya products we purchase are used in pet food, so Nestlé Purina PetCare leads our responsible sourcing activities in this area, together with our delivery partner Proforest.

Sourcing soya responsibly

We’re helping suppliers develop action plans and supporting their implementation.

Our soya mostly comes from Argentina, Brazil and the US. Supply chains vary in length and complexity depending on the supplier.

To demonstrate that the soya we procure is sourced responsibly, our partner Proforest undertakes site assessments based on our requirements. The NGO also provides technical assistance and guidance to our suppliers to help support them make improvements in their supply bases.

In order to hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable as well as drive industry-wide transparency, we are making available the list of our Soya suppliers (pdf, 480Kb) and the list of their crush sites, along with the country of origin.

Our main sources of soya

Argentina, Brazil, China, United States.

Our progress

CSV - Soya - responsibly sourced

75%

of our total soya purchased in 2018 was responsibly sourced

CSV - Soya - traceable

78%

of our total soya purchased in 2018 was traceable to its source

 

Supply chain challenges and solutions

 

Deforestation and biodiversity loss

Our ‘no deforestation’ commitment

In 2010, we made a ‘no deforestation’ commitment (pdf, 205Kb), stating that all of our products, globally, will not be associated with deforestation by 2020. We also support the Consumer Goods Forum’s ambition for zero net deforestation by 2020. Our commitment was the first of its kind by a food company and covers all the raw materials we use to make our packaging, as well as foods and beverages.

Deforestation is a major challenge within soya supply chains, especially given the difficulties of physical traceability of soya beans.

Within the soya supply chain, we work with Proforest to map our supply chains and to identify potential high-risk sourcing zones. Regions of concern are the Cerrado and the Amazon in Brazil, and the Chaco region in Argentina. Our objective is to source products only from land that has not been converted from forest or other high conservation value areas to other use, and we continue to work to improve our traceability and support the maintenance and management of these highly valuable regions.

Labor conditions

Labor practices, such as the use of personal protection when applying chemicals, can also be a challenge. Proforest provides technical assistance in order to support the implementation of programs to improve practices.

Better soil for better farming

In the US, Nestlé Purina is providing USD 1 million (CHF 1.01 million) over five years to support The Nature Conservancy’s reThink Soil initiative to help farmers improve the health of their soil. Adopting better soil health practices, such as cover crops, conservation tillage and crop rotation, could bring huge economic benefits for farmers, as well as long-term conservation benefits. The project includes soya as well as cereal producers.

The project currently has a number of trial programs in place. The Soil Health Institute, another soil collaborator, endorsed 19 measurements farmers can use to chart progress towards achieving healthy soil, and further progress was made in addressing nutrient loss in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. You can read more about the work we are supporting on the Nature Conservancy website. In addition, the healthy soil collaboration, which includes the Conservancy, the Soil Health Institute and the Soil Health Partnership, received a matching grant of USD 9.4 million (CHF 9.53 million) from a nonprofit organization established by Congress, the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research. Nestlé Purina was one of the organizations whose contribution was matched.

With this commitment to our soil health work, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is continuing its generous support of conservation efforts to help ensure healthy lands and waters while empowering farmers to grow bountiful crops in a sustainable way. Larry Clemens, North America Agriculture Program Director for The Nature Conservancy
 

Assessing suppliers

Working with certified sustainable suppliers

Together with our partner Proforest, we assess suppliers through exploratory and full site visits, analysis of traceability data and supplier workshops. Findings inform the development of strategies for soya bean crushers (who process the soya) to improve practices, by implementing changes and rolling out appropriate training across their supply bases.

We accept certification against approved sustainability schemes and initiatives that are consistent with our requirements, such as the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) – a multistakeholder initiative that aims to facilitate a global dialog on economically viable, socially equitable and environmentally sound soya production. We also accept traceable soya from smallholders and growers who can show they have an action plan and timeline in place for meeting our requirements.


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