Active work on several fronts
The challenges associated with the production and use of imported soy have long been a priority issue for Lantmännen. We have conducted active work on a number of fronts for several years.
Lantmännen is a major player in the Swedish feed market, and purchases a total of about 100,000 tonnes of soy per year. Although we are a major player in our home markets, Lantmännen purchases less than 0.5 percent of the soy produced in Brazil. We are therefore dependent on dialogue and cooperation with other players in the industry, nationally and internationally, in order to exert an influence and bring about change.
100 % certified soy
In 2010, the international round table process RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) introduced a standard for responsibly produced soy. The criteria include the protection of rainforest areas, pesticides and working conditions for growers.
ProTerra is another organization that certifies sustainable soy production, using the Basel Criteria for Responsible Soy.
Lantmännen has been a member of the RTRS since 2005, and we were among the first companies in the world to start buying certified soy when it came out on the market. Since 2015 we only buy soy certified through either RTRS or ProTerra, or organic soy.
Since 2015, and in line with the Swedish Soy Dialogue sector agreement for sustainable soy, we only buy soy that is certiﬁed under RTRS or ProTerra, or organically produced according to KRAV. The total volume of purchased soya was 119,600 tonnes in 2016.