Seventy percent of all soy is used for feed for production animals around the world, while palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil worldwide and is found in many different food products. However, in some places the production of both soy and palm oil is associated with environmental and social challenges – especially in countries where rain forests are cleared to make space for plantations.
Certified soy for pigs and cattle
In April 2020, we launched a soy action plan in cooperation with the Danish Alliance for Responsible Soy. We have defined a target stating that, by 2025, all slaughter animals from our cooperative owners and Danish suppliers will be fed on soy from producers who are able to document that their production is sustainable and that rainforest or other vulnerable natural ecosystems have not been cleared to create space for soy production.
We apply the guidelines for responsible soy adopted by the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC), and we set requirements for improvements to the criteria maintained by FEFAC. We expect FEFAC to implement an unambiguous and broadly-recognised deforestation policy by 2025 that sets out clear guidelines for the prevention of both illegal and legal deforestation, and which are third party-verified and ensure full traceability throughout the chain.
Until the supply lines for responsible soy have been established, we will buy credits to compensate for the soy consumption of our Danish food processing companies and cooperative owners and Danish suppliers of slaughter animals. We buy such credits
from Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS), a certification programme supporting the production of responsible soy and certifying that one RTRS credit equals the production of one tonne of certified soy and that no illegal or legal deforestation has taken place in vulnerable forest areas.
Action plan for responsible palm oil
In November 2020, Danish Crown also became a member of the Danish Alliance for Responsible Palm Oil. We have therefore published an action plan for responsible palm oil, according to which we undertake, from 1 October 2021, to buy credits equal to the use of palm oil in our Danish meat production. We buy these credits from the certification programme Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil (RSPO), and one RSPO credit is a guarantee that one tonne of certified palm oil has been produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Furthermore, all Danish suppliers of feed for our slaughter animals must by 2022 replace 50 per cent of all physical palm oil derivatives in the feed with more sustainable alternatives and use physical RSPO-certified palm oil or derivatives as the other 50 per cent. By the end of 2023, all palm oil in feed must be phased out.
All cooperative owners and Danish suppliers of slaughter animals use 100 per cent responsiblyproduced soy in feed by 2025, and all Danish suppliers of feed for our slaughter animals have phased out the use of palm oil in feed by the end of 2023.
We support target 15.2 by fighting deforestation.