Sustainable Soya Briefing Notes

As part of our programme of support to industry, funded by the UK Government’s Partnerships for Forests programme, Efeca has published briefing notes on soya sustainability standards. The briefings are designed to offer comprehensive information about the different soya sustainability standards that are available.

Vegetable oil report (published Sept 2022) – This briefing note explores the current situation of the vegetable oil market, looking at prices and production, and how these have been impacted by the Ukraine-Russia war, focusing specifically on exports and supply of sunflower and rapeseed oil. It also provides reflections on the role soybean oil may play in providing solutions to the current challenges within the vegetable oil market.

Certification Standards Briefing (2020 version – 2018 version also available) – a briefing on how different soya certification schemes address the issues of forest and native vegetation conversion (published October 2018 and April 2020)

Soya Certification Options – a briefing on how soya certification schemes engage with different chain of custody models (published April 2020)

Beginners guides to sourcing sustainable soya

In partnership with Proforest and the Soy Toolkit, Efeca has produced two beginners’ guides to sourcing sustainable soya.

The first is an introduction to sustainable soya: What is soya, and why should companies in the UK explore their soya supply chains?

The second is a step by step guide, taking the reader through assessing the volume of soya in the supply chain, writing and implementing a sustainable soya policy and monitoring progress.

Watch our Introduction to Monitoring and Reporting in commodity supply chains webinar, which sets out why companies should monitor and publicly report on their progress towards sustainable commodity sourcing.

Palm Oil briefing notes

As part of our palm oil programme of support to industry, funded by the UK government’s Partnerships for Forests programme, Efeca wrote a series of briefing notes exploring the use of palm oil and certified sustainable palm oil in various industries.

Briefing note #1 Briefing note Foodservice  (published March 2018)

Briefing note # 2 Briefing note on palm and palm kernel oil use in the oleochemical sector (published August 2018)

Briefing note #3 Briefing note on the impacts of the changes to the Renewable Energy Directive on palm oil biofuels (published December 2019)

Briefing note #4 Briefing note on lesser known tropical oils (published December 2019)

Briefing note #5 Part 1 Briefing note on RSPO palm oil certification scheme (published March 2020)

Briefing note #5 Part 2 Briefing note on ISPO palm oil certification scheme (published March 2020)

Briefing note #5 Part 3 Briefing note on MSPO palm oil certification scheme (published March 2020)

Briefing note #5 Part 4 Briefing note on No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation policies (published March 2020)

Briefing note #5 Part 5 Briefing note on ISCC scheme (published March 2020)

Briefing note #6 Briefing note on smallholders in Thailand (published March 2020)

Additional Briefing notes:

People and Palm Oil – Social Impacts for Smallholder Farmers – This briefing note brings together information from scientific research to summarise how and why smallholder production of palm oil has developed to become a crucial part of the industry. It explores the challenges and barriers faced by many smallholder farmers in engaging in sustainable production practices, and summarises the benefits of sustainable palm oil production for smallholders, using case studies to showcase ongoing progress (published Jan 2022)

Palm Oil and Carbon Emissions Briefing Note – This briefing brings together a summary of scientific research into the carbon emissions impact of palm oil, and how sustainable palm oil can reduce carbon emissions.  Carbon emissions are a major area of focus in the fight against climate change, with initiatives such as the Race to Zero campaign showcasing a growing cross-sector commitment to take action. Scope 3 emissions (occurring in a company’s supply chain) are of growing importance as supply chain actors look to address their broader emissions footprints (published Jan 2022)

Comparison of Palm Oil standards

2015: Comparison of Palm Oil Standards – A comparison of the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil Standard, Malaysian Palm Oil Standard, and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Standard was conducted in March 2015, as part of our work for the Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) service helping organisations to source sustainable palm oil.