Sustainable Soy Production: First draft of a benchmark rated ISCC as excellent for the protection of forests, wetlands and biodiversity

Commissioned by IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL), consultants from Profundo produced a first draft of a benchmark for voluntary soy certification systems that are compliant with the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines. The report places particular emphasis on the avoidance of deforestation associated with European soy production and soy import to Europe.

So far, the study identified ISCC as the standard with the highest overall scores associated with the prevention of deforestation and wetland conversion, as well as with the protection of land with high conservation value. The benchmark evaluated 17 standards that comply with the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines.

Additional note: the analysis is based on the draft report March 2019. The final version of the benchmark, which may lead to changes in the final assessment of the standards, is expected early June. The study then will be published online.

The report is consistent with the results of a previous study by the globally recognised Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics who rated ISCC as best standard regarding important ecological and social criteria. Please click here for more information.