Global agribusiness Cargill has completed the mapping of its Brazilian soya farm suppliers, the company announced in its mid-year progress report on 30 June.
The Minneapolis-based company said the move was part of its progress towards building a deforestation-free soya supply chain.
In the report, the company estimated that 95.68% of its soya sourced from Brazil is grown on land that is deforestation and conversion-free (using 2008 Forest Code as a reference point).
The company had also expanded its direct engagement with farmers in Brazil, including the launch of a new farmer association in the state of Bahia.
“We haven’t wavered in our commitment to protecting forests and native vegetation, and we believe this can be done in ways that are economically viable for farmers and local communities,” said John Hartmann, global sustainability lead for Cargill’s agricultural supply chain.
“By working with farmers, customers, governments and others in the industry, we have made meaningful progress on our soya action plan and will continue efforts to make the soya supply chain more sustainable.”
Cargill’s mapping of its Brazilian supply chain allows the company to identify the locations of its direct and indirect suppliers.
The company said it was also continuing to grow its Sustainably Sourced and Supplied certification programme in Brazil and Paraguay. Farmers who commit to this programme pledge to produce their crops by using the best agricultural practices, protecting worker welfare, and managing greenhouse gas emissions under a continuous improvement process.
Cargill also outlined its partnerships with farmers and advancements on its US$30M fund to find solutions to protect forests in ways that are economically viable for farmers in South America.
Looking ahead over the next six months, the company said it would continue to deliver on its Soy Action Plan commitments. This included transforming its supply chain to be deforestation-free while protecting vegetation beyond forests; promoting responsible production; respecting and upholding the rights of workers, indigenous peoples and communities; upholding high standards of transparency through reporting of key metrics, progress and grievances.