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Soy Report Card 2014

The WWF Soy Report Card 2014 shows that using responsible soy is possible now, and some frontrunner companies are leading the way.

WWF urges all companies to take action to ensure the soy they use does not contribute to the destruction of forests, grasslands and savannahs.


The problems associated with soy

Rocketing demand for meat from animals fed with soy means global production has increased tenfold over the past 50 years, more than any other crop. Soy farms now cover over 1 million square kilometres of the world – the total combined area of France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

This expansion has come at great cost. Clearing for soy is destroying some of the world’s most valuable ecosystems, such as the Amazon and the Brazilian Cerrado. This has contributed to climate change, loss of species and degradation of many ecological services, from clean water and healthy soils to pollination and pest control. People are suffering, as the forests they depend on for food, shelter, fuel, medicines and livelihoods disappear.

The good news is responsible soy, which doesn't harm vital ecosystems and people, is available. But the bad news is not enough of it is being sold.

Find out more about areas under threat from soy, including the Amazon, Atlantic Forest, Chiquitano Dry Forest, Cerrado, Gran Chaco and North American prairies 

What is responsible soy?

WWF defines “responsible soy” as soy certified according to the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS).

For companies that choose non-genetically modified (non-GM) soy, WWF recommends RTRS non-GM and ProTerra.

Members of the RTRS and ProTerra commit to adhering to robust environmental and social criteria and third party auditing systems, among many other regulations.

For several years, WWF has been asking companies that use soy, such as those in the retail, meat and animal feed sectors, to join the RTRS. WWF has pressed companies to put publicly available policies and timebound plans in place to reach 100% RTRS-certified soy by 2015, and to start sourcing or specifying significant amounts of certified soy.

What is the Soy Report Card?

The Soy Report Card 2014 assesses 88 companies from Denmark, France, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK to see where they stand on responsible soy use. As the vast majority of all soy grown (approximately 75%) is fed to the animals we eat, the report looks specifically at the use of soy in animal feed and products.  
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Click to download the WWF Soy Report Card 2014


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What do the Report Card results show?

The results are disappointing overall. Some progressive companies have made strong commitments to stop sourcing irresponsible soy and have actually started buying soy from responsible producers.

The majority, however, are lagging behind in both commitments and concrete actions.

See the results ►

Find out more about the Report Card methodology 

Growth of Soy Report

For more information on the issues related to soy and what you can do about them, check out our comprehensive Growth of Soy Report.


Do you represent a company that buys meat or other products using soy? See WWF’s guidance for companies.
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