What do the Report Card results show?

A small number of companies are making commendable progress on purchasing certified responsible soy. Many more are making commitments, which represents a good first step. But it’s not enough. In all sectors there is a contrast between leaders and laggards.

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Companies need to take action

The companies that score well have demonstrated that it is possible to be a responsible member of the soy supply chain and to make strong public commitments to use responsible soy. They also show that companies of all sizes and across all sectors can act responsibly by being open about how much soy they use and taking steps to source responsible soy now. 
 
However, these companies have outpaced a much larger group of companies that are still not taking full, or in some cases, any, responsibility for the environmental and social impacts of the soy they use. It is not too late for them to change their ways but they need to start now.

Poor progress

Many companies have started with partial commitments, for example covering only national level use or focusing only on “deforestation-free” soy, but not mitigating other negative impacts of irresponsible soy. WWF calls on these companies to enlarge their commitments to cover both the full geographic scope of their usage as well as the full range of issues related to irresponsible soy.

There is another category of companies that have not responded and WWF concludes they have not acknowledged the issue at all.

The Report Card clearly shows that most animal feed companies and meat and egg companies are dragging their feet. Many consumer goods manufacturers using meat, eggs and dairy in their products have not moved at all.
 

Some positives

One positive outcome is that most companies who have not yet progressed, but who did respond to the questionnaire, have asked WWF for more information. This sends a signal that they are receptive to change, and WWF hopes these companies will get on track by the publication of the next Report Card.

Another positive conclusion is that there is more transparency in the soy supply chain than expected. Many companies have started to calculate the amount of soy they use. Only with this knowledge can they confidently set targets for covering this use with responsible soy.

Otherwise, it is impossible for the growers of responsible soy to know they should forge ahead with further certification. 
 

No excuses

The availability of a variety of responsible soy purchasing options, coupled with the fact that there is currently a surplus of soy available, means that there are simply no excuses for companies not to be using responsible soy right now. 
 

Headline findings

 [ - ]  Too many companies still have not even taken the basic first step of joining a responsible certification scheme in order to begin the process of sourcing responsible soy. Only 31 out of 88 of the assessed companies are members of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS).

[ + ] 
 14 of the companies have made individual commitments to use 100% responsible soy for the full scope of their operations by 2015 or sooner, and an additional 13 have made similar commitments for partial (often national) scope.

[ - ]  27% of the companies that submitted answers have not made commitments on responsible soy or "no deforestation", while 32 companies did not respond to WWF’s questionnaire.

[ - ]  Just 42 per cent of companies in the Report Card have started buying responsible soy, amounting to 850,000 tonnes.

[ + ]  Six companies have already bought 50% or more responsible soy, so are right on track to meet their 2015 commitments.
 
[ + ]  National commitments in the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland have made a big difference in raising awareness, creating commitment and spurring action (not only words) among even non-branded companies.
 
[ - ]  More companies need to make individual corporate commitments for the full scope of their global operations. 

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Why are most companies using so little responsible soy?

The complexity of achieving sourcing of responsible soy depends on how deep down the supply chain a company is situated. Because soy is embedded in most meat, dairy and eggs, it can be especially difficult for retailers and manufacturers to know how much soy they are using.

Switching to responsible soy can seem like a daunting and complex task. 

Still, there is no excuse not to, as a first step, acknowledge the problem and make a commitment to tackle it. WWF encourages all companies to roughly calculate their soy usage, whether it be for animal feed or use in the production of meat, eggs and dairy, and begin buying certificates to cover the volume of soy used. This is a relatively easy way for companies to move quickly toward 100% responsible soy before traceable supply chains are in place.

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