May 31, 2016
HKScan proceeds with "responsible" use of soy
HKScan Group is strongly committed to promoting more responsibly produced soy, in ensuring a responsible value chain.
By the end of 2018, all soy used in the Group's meat value chain will meet the strict requirements set by either RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) or ProTerra.
"Soy is an important source of protein in animal feed and in our home markets. We see our commitment to responsible soy as a significant element of sustainable food production. It supports us in ensuring that the entire value chain from animal feed to the consumer's plate is environmentally and socially sustainable," Vera Söderberg, corporate responsibility manager at HKScan, said.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has assessed the performance of 133 European companies on their use of responsible soy in the animal feed used to produce their meat, eggs and dairy products. The results have been stated in WWF Soy Scorecard.
HKScan Sweden has reached an excellent score in the assessment - 22 points out of 24, and is said to be "leading the way". The HKScan Group as a whole scored 14 points, and is "well on the path" on the journey to responsible soy, according to WWF.
HKScan is working determined in all its home markets to fulfil its commitment. Yearly plans are prepared for each country to ensure the most effective way of proceeding, partly based on cooperation with national feed producers.
"Already today, we make sure that responsible soy is used in our value chain although the share of it varies from country to country," Söderberg added.
In Sweden - where HKScan is also a member of the Swedish Soy Dialogue network (Svenska Sojadialogen), the company reached its target in 2015. All of the soy used in the value chain of HKScan Sweden's products is certified according to either RTRS or ProTerra criteria.
"In Denmark, the share of certified soy in animal feed corresponded to 18% of the production volume in 2015. Also in Finland, we have continued to make progress, and recently became members of the Finnish soy commitment," Söderberg remarked.