We all have a responsibility and a role to play in helping to reduce the negative environmental impacts of soy production.

What can companies do?

  • Join the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and commit to 100% RTRS-certified soy for the full scope of use under a timebound plan;
  • Calculate soy use, and begin purchasing RTRS-certified soy, or animal products based on RTRS-certified soy, as soon as possible;
  • Buy RTRS credits to increase responsible soy capacity in the short term, while supporting the development of mass balance and, ideally, fully segregated certified supply chains;
  • Initiate or join national initiatives on responsible soy to create momentum in the market, but also make individual, company-specific commitments to responsible soy;
  • Support programmes to help producers implement Better Management Practices and achieve certification;
  • For non-genetically modified (non-GM) soy, choose and support the development of RTRS non-GM production and supply chains. When buying ProTerra-certified soy, ask for improvement of governance and verification;
  • Explore ways of reducing food waste and consumption of animal products;
  • Explore responsibly-produced and locally-grown alternatives to imported soy.

What can consumers do?

  • Ask retailers and brands to commit to responsible soy throughout their supply chains;
  • Choose animal products from companies that have committed to and started buying RTRS soy;
  • If you’re concerned about GM soy, ask your retailer about RTRS-certified non-GM soy or ProTerra;
  • Consider reducing your consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products – for most people in OECD countries, this will result in a diet closer to government health recommendations;
  • Reduce food waste by planning your shopping and meals carefully – only buy and prepare as much as you need.


	© WWF  / Michel GUNTHER
Soy plantation.
© WWF / Michel GUNTHER
	© WWF / Justin Hession
Environmentally-friendly soy arriving in Basel, entirely produced in compliance with the Basel Criteria, a series of guidelines established by WWF and Swiss retailer Coop in 2004.
© WWF / Justin Hession


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


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

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