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DLG Group / Sustainability
10. February 2021

The path to sustainable and deforestation-free soy

With its high protein content, soy is an important raw material in both animal feed and food products, but it is also a much debated raw material because the production of soy in some areas is associated with deforestation.
As an importer of soy DLG is therefore working to ensure that all soy imported into Denmark is responsibly produced and deforestation-free.
“We are very aware of the responsibilities that come with being a soy importer. DLG was therefore the first Danish agricultural company to announce the goal of importing only verified deforestation-free soy by 2025. Fulfilling this goal will require changes to the value chain in the countries where soy is produced. Such a transformation will take time, but it is the only way forward if we really want to make a difference. We must create the increased demand that will make producers convert to more sustainable production practices. We are therefore delighted that, in late summer 2020, the whole agricultural sector in Denmark embraced this 2025 goal, which means that we now speak with one voice at both European and international levels,” says Jesper Pagh, Executive Vice President at DLG.
Every year until 2025, DLG will increase the amount of soy that is responsibly produced and verified deforestation-free, starting with at least 20% in 2021. In October 2020 DLG took delivery of the first shipment of verified deforestation-free soy.
In August 2020, DLG joined the Danish Alliance for Responsible Soy with a desire to put further weight behind the ambitions for soy and at the same time engage in even closer collaboration with other stakeholders working to make soy more sustainable.
“We believe that by working together, we can guarantee the best results in the long run, and we’re pleased that through our membership of the soy alliance we now have a seat at the table where we can discuss this important issue with a wide range of stakeholders, from the authorities to food producers and the retail chains,” says Jesper Pagh.