Towards more sustainability in the soy supply chain: How can EU actors support zero-deforestation and SDG efforts?

Soy is a major driver of deforestation and degradation in Latin America and accounts for 47 percent of the EU’s imported deforestation from agricultural and livestock commodities. It is also associated with social injustice and acts as a driver of environmental degradation that hinders the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Climate Focus, together with Global Canopy and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, conducted a study aimed at developing recommendations to EU actors on how to improve the sustainability of the soy supply chain.

The soy supply chain is global, crossing many country borders across its production and processing levels. Addressing the negative impacts of the soy supply chain and associated spillover effects requires global, national, and subnational policy instruments and initiatives in both soy-producing and consuming countries.

Based on an analysis of relevant stakeholders and policy instruments, this report presents a number of policy recommendations for the EU and Germany on how to address the negative impacts of soy production, processing, and trade.