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Mowi pledges deforestation-free supply chain

The company’s suppliers have committed to trade only deforestation-free soybeans, including soy grown on legally deforested land from 2021.

Mowi pledges deforestation-free supply chain

July 3, 2020

Mowi announced that, from 2021, all suppliers of soy to Mowi’s own feed production will have a supply chain that is 100% deforestation free. Mowi’s suppliers have committed to trade only deforestation-free soybeans, including soy grown on legally deforested land. The move makes Mowi the first company worldwide that will use only clean, deforestation-free suppliers of Brazilian soy.

Speaking about this significant milestone in Mowi’s sustainability strategy, Catarina Martins, chief sustainability officer at Mowi, said that “this is a game-changer for the soy and feed industry supplying aquaculture. For many years now, Mowi has only sourced soy from non-deforested areas certified under ProTerra, the Roundtable for Responsible Soy, or equivalent. Now, after working closely with our suppliers, they have all committed to only obtain deforestation-free soy from 2021. This commitment entails that Mowi’s suppliers will not trade soy that is grown on land deforested from Q3 2021, including soy grown on legally deforested land.”

“With the current situation in Brazil, where the protection of the Amazon and the Cerrado is being deliberately dismantled, we must make sure that we do not trade with soy suppliers that contribute to this unacceptable development. With this announcement, we ensure that our suppliers as well as our supply chains are clean,” said Martins.

“As the only fully integrated seafood company in the world, we recognize the importance of controlling the value chain. It is therefore extremely important to us that our suppliers have a clean value chain and do not source any crops from deforested areas, even for products that are supplied to other companies,” concluded Martins.

The new commitment will reduce pressure on the forests of Brazil and secure more sustainable production of important feed ingredients. By promoting deforestation-free suppliers, Mowi also pioneers a shift away from companies that still trade with products grown on recently deforested lands. Mowi’s three main suppliers of non-GM ProTerra certified soy protein concentrate are Caramuru, Imcopa and CJ Selecta.

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