We are committed to responsible sourcing and look to use supply chain systems which minimise the environmental impact associated with the production of key commodities like soy. Soy presents unique and complex management challenges because its main use in our supply chains is in animal feed for meat and dairy products.
For a number of years we have supported the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS), through membership, which is a certification scheme to help prevent the environmental impact of unsustainable soy production.
In 2018, we became signatories to the Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support - committing to support efforts to halt forest loss associated with agricultural commodity production and to working with industry, producers, governments and civil society to protect globally important natural landscapes within a framework of good governance and land planning policy.
We are working with our own brand suppliers to help them to overcome the challenges associated with soy supply chains and are engaged with The UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soy - a collaboration between the UK Government and industry which helps to address supply chain challenges and supports a commitment to source soya that is legal and cultivated in a way that protects against conversion of forests and valuable native vegetation.
As part of our farming programme we are also supporting research into alternative proteins which can be used to reduce reliance on soy.