COFCO International has passed an independent benchmarking process and will be able to offer deforestation and conversion-free soy under the European feed industry’s requirements, as outlined in the 2023 FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines.
The process was enabled by FEFAC, the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation, the creator of the benchmarking programme, and run by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations, and the World Trade Organization’s joint agency.
The COFCO International Responsible Agriculture Standard is a voluntary certification programme for agricultural producers and another chain of custody supplier that promotes conservation and the mainstreaming of sustainable agriculture in supply chains.
The standard incorporates the following:
• COFCO International policies, including its Supplier Code of Conduct and Sustainable Soy Sourcing Policy
• Responsible industry standards, mainly FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines
• International principles such as the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Conventions and Recommendations, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the International Bill of Human Rights