Globally, only a small percentage of all soy produced is used directly for human consumption: most soy produced is used as an ingredient in feeds for farmed animals, and ends up on our tables through meat and dairy products and eggs. In Finland, soy feed is primarily used for pigs, poultry and laying hens, but not as cattle feed to any significant extent.
The largest environmental impacts of the continuous expansion of soy cultivation areas particularly in South America relate to deforestation, the increase in greenhouse gas emissions, the loss of biodiversity, and erosion. Soy cultivation is reported to cause social problems related for instance to land ownership and distribution of income.
As a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) organisation, Kesko is committed to promoting responsibility in the production chain of soy on a long-term and target-oriented basis. Economic, social and environmental considerations must all be taken into account in the responsible production of soy.
Kesko is a founding member in the Finnish soy commitment group. The members of the commitment pledge to ensure that by 2020 all the soy feed used in the production chain of their private label products will be responsibly produced, either RTRS or ProTerra certified soy. The commitment covers both the Finnish production chain and sourcing from other countries.
Kesko recommends that its suppliers use responsible RTRS or ProTerra certified soy in cases where soy feed is used in the production chain of grocery trade private label food products of animal origin. RTRS, ProTerra or FairTrade certified soy is recommended for soy-based ingredients of private label products. By 2020, only responsible certified soy will be used in these products.
The soy policy was published on 19 February 2016 and updated on 4 December 2018.
The soy used as an ingredient in Kespro’s Menu food products sold in 2018 was 74.2 % responsibly produced. The soy used as an ingredient in Pirkka and K-Menu food products sold in 2018 was 2.2% responsibly produced.