By the organization of in-depth exchange meetings, the Collaborative Soy Initiative seeks to initiate a bridge building process between the different international and regional initiatives committed to the deforestation and conversion free sustainable soy agenda.
These exchanges meetings, so called the Meta Meetings of Soy Initiatives, bring together the key representatives of the most relevant global and regional soy initiatives who are highly motivated to go one step further and to contribute even more than they already do today. In these meetings, the initiatives bring their expertise to the table to join forces and to reinforce each other.
The objective of these meetings is to create more synergy & more consistency between different approaches & strategies, to explore how the initiatives can be more complementary and mutually reinforcing and finally to identify the fields of intensive collaboration, by a process of collective thinking.
These meetings bring together the 15 most relevant initiatives with regional or global reach. The names of the participating initiatives and the coordinators can be downloaded here.
To start with, the participants were asked to prepare a one pager with general information & specific information regarding their contributions and encountered hurdles regarding deforestation free sustainable soy. This survey can be downloaded here.
Collectively, we identified 5 interrelated core actions for making scale and creating impact that could benefit from our collaboration in CSI:
1. Promote ambitious, compatible sustainability targets by users to create scale for conversion free sustainable soy
2. Based on these goals & targets create consistent (at least compatible) asks to traders and producers
3. Develop a shared narrative of these asks
4. Engage with traders and producers to create effective and constructive communication about asks
5. Create incentives for producers to meet requirements
2020 presentations held on these topics:
In March 2021 we specifically discussed dealing with requirements (asks) and incentives for suppliers in conversion risk landscapes, such as the Cerrado. How can asks, such as legal and conversion-free responsible soy production and increased transparency in the value chain, be better matched by incentives, such as market access, preferential sourcing, and financial incentives such as premiums and payments for ecosystem services? Work in progress for collective thinking.
Below please see the powerpoints presented by:
Jane Lino (Proforest, for CGF Forest Positive Coalition/Soy Roadmap),
Guilherme do Couto Justo (IDH, for PCI Compacts programme in Cerrado)
and Karina Berg (WWF Brazil, for Cerrado initiative).
The next closed "Meta Meeting" to follow up on these issues is planned for June 10th 2021 (tentative).