The mission of the Collaborative Soy Initiative, within the wider pursuit of 100% deforestation and conversion free sustainable soy, is to inform on sector-wide actions that are on-going, to initiate new actions that are needed and to facilitate greater synergy between actions.
The open information webinars aim to:
* Foster information flow to the wider soy sector regarding the current state of play of relevant sustainable soy topics. Questions that are addressed: Deforestation and conversion free soy: how to collaborate better to make it happen? What are practical steps to scale up deforestation and conversion free soy? How to combine supply chain and landscape approaches? How can the financial sector contribute? How can LCA and carbon footprint methodologies incentive the transition to deforestation and conversion free sustainable soy? How do we deal with the volatility of soy prices and premiums and their effects on sustainability?
* Foster collaborations. The webinars are organized by the different players of standard systems and environmental organizations and work with external speakers. This collaboration is a case in point of the mission of the CSI.
Date: Info webinar 2 June 2021 plus dialogue session 1 July 2021
Organizers: ProTerra with and for CSI
Content: Mid-and long-term agreements and planning are crucial for farms and companies to be able to plan and improve their practices, and invest in sustainable agriculture. Over the last years the pressure is growing, commitments have been made, but in many cases without the involvement of the affected people and companies. There is a general lack of long term agreements which leads to volatile prices, risking that good farmers are lost. This webinar gave an overview of factors that influence the volatility of soy and how this impacts the transition towards a sustainable soy supply chain. With contributions from Solidaridad, Soja Plus, Agraria and the Retail Soy Group.
See You Tube link for recording of the information webinar, and link below for its Powerpoint presentation.
See You Tube link for recording of dialogue session, and link below for the introductory Powerpoint.
Date: 17-June 2021
Content: This interview for "CSI Meta Meeting" participants, offered an insight into the soy policy within Nutreco's Roadmap 2025: 100 % Class A by 2025, possibly achieved in a step-wise manner. It was explained by Jose how the Class A-D categories are defined, how Brazilian suppliers have been engaged to take further steps, and how Nutreco's search for producer incentives continues. See slides for the practical info.
Date: 14 April 2021
Organizers: Soy Transparency Coalition, 3 Keel and CSI
Content: This closed webinar for "CSI Meta Meeting" participants, offered a sneak-preview into the results of their traders assessment, and how traders live up to their own commitments, standards and to what is expected from them.
Read the report available through the info hub, and check out the visually very strong powerpoint through this link to presentation:
Date: 15 Dec 2020
Organizers: Working Group Engage, IUCN NL
Content: This webinar offered a general overview of the European Union policy developments and their relevance for soy. It will also explain, in a very accessible way, the importance of the EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities, and its consequences for the soy value chain. The EU Taxonomy is a tool to help stimulate investment in sustainable economic activities. It is a new green language that companies need to learn in the coming years.
See the presentation by Michel Riemersma, IUCN NL, about the relevance for CSI's mission of the upcoming EU Taxonomy on sustainable finance.
Date: 7 Sept 2020
Organizers: all CSI participants, but mainly ProTerra, NEVEDI, SOLIDARIDAD, FEFAC, QUANTIS and Blonk Consultants
Recording: click here for the recording
Link to the presentations: Land Use Change and Soy
Date: 17 Sept 2019
Organizers: CSI participants, mainly by RTRS, IUCN NL, ProTerra, WWF and Donau Soja
Key question: The key question of the webinar is how to scale up and collaborate better between various initiatives to achieve 100% deforestation and conversion free responsible soy. Joining forces on common ambitions, sharing lessons and expertise, and aligning strategies to reach those, could be a significant accelerator in the efforts of building more sustainable soy supply chains.
Link to presentations: