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Between 2016 and 2019, 31 actors of the soy sector brainstormed around the key question: “What do we have to do, with all stakeholders together, to achieve 100% responsible soy?” The result of these brainstorms was a list of challenges and actions, which were prioritized and bundled into action clusters.

These action clusters were defined as having the biggest impact for achieving deforestation and conversion-free, sustainable soy.  

The implementation of each action cluster is executed by a Working Group, with feedback to Steering Committee, which takes the final decisions on strategy, actions, and alignment with other initiatives. 

On 11 June 2019, the Collaborative Soy Initiative was presented to 50 experts of the soy sector, with representation of NGO, Industry, Trade and Finance and Producers. 35 representatives, ranging from civil society, NGO, producers, roundtables & standards, private companies, and sector federations, registered to participate actively in one or more of the working groups. In 2020, each working group kicked off; a working group organizes at least 1 information webinar per year. 

Are you interested in joining one of our Working Groups? Please contact:

Heleen van den Hombergh, coordinator CSI

# Working group Come Together

This transformed into the Initiatives Dialogue, or Meta Meetings, for which now 5 meetings and additional mini webinars have been held. See: ongoing activities: Initiatives Dialogue.

# Working group Make It Practical

Participants: 19 from which producers (3), demand (6), NGO (4), finance (2), CS/RT (3), consultant (1)
Meetings: Kick off call on 4 March 2020.

Priority actions:

  • Creation of the CSI information hub: gather already existing information in one place, in a user friendly and accessible way, targeting different user types
  • Assessment of the challenges, needs and opportunities of the soy producers
  • Foster the dialogue between soy initiatives: in-depth discussions between the most relevant Eurpean and international Soy Initiatives (see Meta Meetings)
  • Organization of webinar “land use change and soy” (on carbon footprint) on September 7th 2020, webinar on the volatility of the soy market. June 2nd and July 1rst 2021
# Working group Engage

Participants: 9 from which producers (1), demand (2), NGO (2), finance (2), CS/RT (2)
Meetings: Kick off call on 19 February 2020.

Priority actions:

  • Government engagement with regards to the new European Taxonomy and/or other, such as the EU Green Deal, EU action plan deforestation, China Framework, …
  • Vertical cooperation on physical supply, throughout the entire supply chain
  • Engagement with finance sector

This working group has held  an information webinar on the relevance for soy of the EU forest risk commodity & financial legislation/ EU Taxonomy on sustainable finance in 2020.

# Working group Reach out

The actions of this Working Group are covered by all other Working Groups and Meetings through webinars.