Every year the Round Table on Responsible Soy’s annual conference addresses issues vital to the ongoing sustainable progress of its members and wider global stakeholders in the soy value chain, along their way towards compliance with sustainability goals and commitments.
The first day of this year’s RT14 conference – taking place at Rabobank Head Office in Utrecht, Netherland June 11-12 2019 – will focus on a number of subjects including the future of supply chain collaboration and the link between the finance sector and issues of ‘supply and demand’ around commodities such as responsible soy.
Heleen van den Hombergh, Senior advisor on agro-commodities at IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL) will set the scene. She will present the current state of certification and how it relates with soy consumption in Europe as well as a benchmark of sustainable soy standards. She will also elaborate on the requirements for a deforestation/conversion free soy value chain.
With input from leading experts in the industry, finance, asset management and environmental commodities – not to mention soy producers from across the globe – RT14 will shape the debate around the future of soy supply chain collaboration.
Through this high level engagement RT14 will contribute to the co-creation of a more sustainable future for they soy supply chain.
Key to understanding the issues around demand, Lidl, COFCO, FrieslandCampina and WWF, among other invited organizations, will explore what changes are taking place in consumer markets and how this can impact on global supply chains.
A panel focusing on finance will see representatives from banks and investors including Rabobank, APG Asset Management, PRI and Robeco explore a number of issues such as what the value chain needs and expects and how it relates to finance institutions, what impact can these institutions have on the productive sector, and what action should taken to scale up demand for responsible soy. Finally, they will examine what can be done to encourage banks to develop new products that are socially and environmentally responsible.
By bringing together so many key figures from the world of finance to discuss upstream and downstream issues relating to responsible investment, RT14 will help create solutions to the most pressing issues in the sector.
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