Aidenvironment Facilitates WWF Event on Working Towards Zero Conversion in Soy Supply Chains

Aidenvironment supported and facilitated the WWF event “Working towards zero conversion in soy supply chains.” The meeting was held in Lille on May 29 in response to the urgent need to tackle deforestation and land conversion in the soy sector.

Representatives from the private and public sectors and civil society spent half a day discussing and sharing lessons on how to move from commitments to implementation. They explored the current state of play, key challenges, and potential solutions in an interactive blend of presentations, panel discussions, and group dialog, coming away with concrete tools to start tackling deforestation in soy supply chains. The event shed light on some potential solutions, including:

  • Trase: an open-access platform (currently covering soy, beef, palm oil, and timber) for tracing exports back to production landscapes and mapping global trade flows;
  • Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture: building a deforestation-free supply chain by fostering coordination and developing tools to help create enabling conditions for market leaders to live up to their commitments;
  • Soy4Brands: facilitates transactions between producers and end buyers of responsible, deforestation-free soy by closing term contracts on the Round Table Responsible Soy (RTRS) Credits with a regional focus.

The participants expressed an overwhelming interest in participating in a follow-up event to discuss some key topics in greater depth. The success of the event shows that Aidenvironment is well positioned to facilitate expert sessions on deforestation and other sustainable commodity issues.

For more information, please contact Jan Willem Molenaar.