About the Soft
The complexity of soy supply chains means that no single business can tackle deforestation alone. Collaboration helps move the whole value chain forward by establishing and applying standards and solutions. In 2018, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) established the Soft Commodities Forum (SCF) to enable member companies to collaboratively find effective solutions to common sustainability challenges, bridging global goals with local realities.
Where we work
The SCF believes that targeting efforts and resources where the risk is highest is the most effective way to drive progress, promoting inclusive approaches. Members’ collective action targets 70 percent of recent soy-driven conversion in the Cerrado, in Brazil. Learn more in our interactive map.
How we work
SCF member companies collect data from their own supply chains to reach farm-level traceability, and work with satellite images to monitor risks of deforestation and native vegetation conversion in the focus municipalities. The data is also used to demonstrate impact and progress over time.
Consumer-facing companies want to buy soy that is free from deforestation and native vegetation conversion. At the same time, producers are encouraged to address deforestation in a way that goes beyond their legal obligations, which demands the right incentives to protect their livelihoods. SCF member companies work to facilitate this dialogue with partners up and down the supply chain to identify joint solutions that add value for producers and consumers alike.
Through targeted projects on the ground, SCF member companies support landscape transformation, calling for the entire value chain to adopt solutions to incentivize and scale the sustainable production of soy. Encouraging long-term sustainable change will require widespread, multi-stakeholder investments.