Soy Report Card 2014
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
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?
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?
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.