Soya

Soya, or Soy, is a major global crop used to produce many everyday products. You might know it as food such as tofu, but it's also used in animal feed.

In recent years global demand for soya has increased. Soya originated in China but it's now grown in many countries. In North and South America large acreages have been planted, leading to concerns that forests, grasslands and other habitats are being cleared for soya cultivation. In particular, deforestation in the Amazon has been linked to the expansion in soya.

The soya supply chain is complex. That’s why we are working with several organisations to improve its sustainability.

  •     Asda are members of the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS), which works with the industry to promote responsible soybean production.
  •     We are members of the Soy Moratorium. This links European soya users with Brazilian industry to avoid recently deforested areas supplying EU markets with soya.
  •     We are a member of the Retailers’ Soy Group, whose membership is drawn from European and UK retailers working for sustainable soy.
  •     As part of Walmart, Asda is a member of the Consumer Goods Forum, which has committed to net zero deforestation by 2020.
  •     We are currently working with an industry group to develop a tool to better measure the soya footprint. 

To understand our use of soya we first have to measure it. At Asda we calculate our soya footprint using the Consumer Goods Forum soy ladder. We are working to include more product areas but at present we have data for our fresh pork, poultry, milk, cream, cheese, eggs and pigmeat products. More information is provided in the table below.   

Tier

Volume of soy (tonnes)

Certification

2 Raw meat feed

182,121

60,541 Brazilian certified to ProTerra

3 Eggs and dairy

23,956

15,920 RTRS certificates

 

4A meat in processed food products

18,860

-

Total

 

224,938

76,461 tonnes of certified soya

 

The 2017 data shows that the there is a large proportion of soya which is sourced from South America courtires and is certified with RTRS and ProTerra. We understand that there is much more work to do on this issue and are working with our suppliers and partners to develop a more comprehensive assessment of soya use in Asda products and address any issues that this highlights.