Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced that the ADM Responsible Soybean Standard, the company’s certification programme for global soy suppliers, has been recognised by the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) as meeting FEFAC’s Soy Sourcing Guidelines, a customised benchmarking system for responsible soy programmes.
ADM’s Responsible Soybean Standard passed the review in September, making ADM among the first private standard-owners in compliance with FEFAC guidelines. FEFAC and ITC recently published the benchmarking results of the eight sustainability standards that passed review. The results of the benchmarking assessments will be shown on ITC’s online benchmark tool, as well as on the ITC’s Standards Map for sustainable trade, where they can be compared with other sustainability standards.
The ADM Responsible Soybean Standard was launched in March 2015 to offer ADM’s customers in Europe and other regions protein meal made from sustainably-grown soybeans. Participating growers are audited based on their adherence to a broad set of social, environmental, legal and agronomic standards, including their labour practices, water and soil usage, solid waste management, observance of land rights, legal compliance, and the responsible use of fertilisers.
Furthering ADM’s commitment to sustainable agriculture in partnership with ITC, the company also recently became a signatory of the ITC’s Trade for Sustainable Development Principles (T4SD.) The principles set forth by ITC, an agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, promote sustainability, transparency and harmonisation in supply chains, and support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.