Fefac has published the first version of its Soy Sourcing Guidelines as a professional recommendation to operators in the European feed industry, who wish to purchase 'responsible soy'.
These are soy products from farmers who have respected several environmental, social and economic elements in line with certain baseline criteria. These criteria were set by feed industry experts with the help of key supply chain partners and other stakeholders. The Guidelines can be used by Fefac members and other supply chain partners as a reference and benchmark for respective national or company programmes.
Lift responsible soy out of the current niche market
Fefac President Ruud Tijssens stated: "These Guidelines are the long-awaited game changer to lift responsible soy out of the current niche market in Europe and foster the implementation of existing as well as the development of new legislation in exporting countries".
The Guidelines passed through a period of public consultation after an initial draft was published in March 2015.
Fefac is currently developing a customised independent benchmarking tool with the help of the International Trade Center (ITC). As from September 2015, all interested partners will be able to use this online tool to verify whether their respective standard or programme covers the feed industry's minimum requirements as outlined in the Soy Sourcing Guidelines.
Fefac will make an effort to facilitate the benchmarking process by organising expert workshops in Europe, as well as in key exporting countries Argentina and Brazil in the autumn period. It is expected that first results of the benchmarking process will be available before the end of 2015.
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