The added value of the Environmental Footprint
At the RTRS 2021 Meeting Point: “The Tipping Point to Shared Responsibility” on June 28, the importance of the environmental footprint will be discussed.
On June 28 from 13:30 to 16:00 CEST, the Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) will host a Meeting Point: “The Tipping Point to Shared Responsibility” to promote and foster multi stakeholder dialogue on responsible soy production, trade and use, and to explore ways to transform the global supply chain.
The second panel, entitled “The added value and challenges of the Environmental Footprint” will discuss the benefits and challenges of the environmental footprint. Panel speakers will be Nick Major, Representative of the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI) & ForFarmers and Will Schreiber, representing the Retail Soy Group (RSG), an independent group of international supermarkets that work collaboratively to find soy solutions for their supply chains; Janjoris Van Diepen, Senior Consultant at Blonk Consultants, will be the moderator.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework for sustainable development. The Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, reducing the environmental and climate footprint of the European Union’s food system. At the same time, China aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. All of this establishes clear political interests for both governments and the private sector to work towards achieving this ambitious carbon neutral commitment.
In this context, the different actors in the soy value chain demand data on the carbon footprint. Understanding why the main soybean buyers care about the environmental footprint and what their demands are, what is the scope and challenges of the environmental footprint and what solutions are available to measure it are some of the questions that will be discussed at the event.
Speakers and moderator of the panel “The added value and the challenges of the Environmental Footprint”
Nick Major is the Director of Corporate Affairs for ForFarmers, the largest animal feed company in Europe. In this role, he leads sustainability and politics. He also represents ForFarmers in a number of industry organizations; Nick is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. In addition to his roles within ForFarmers, Nick is a Board Member and former President of AIC (Confederation of Agricultural Industries), Non-Executive Director of CIELivestock Limited, Board Member and former President of FEFAC (European Feed Manufacturers Federation) and President of GFLI (Global Feed LCA Institute).
Will Schreiber is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Fellow of the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment. In addition, he is the representative of the Retail Soy Group (RSG) partner of 3Keel LLP, where he leads the practice area of sustainable commodities (supply chain) and manages a number of cross-sector working groups, such as the Soy Transparency Coalition.
Janjoris Van Diepen has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is passionate about sustainability working as a Senior Consultant with Blonk Consultants. In this role, he helps companies manage the environmental footprint in the agri-food industry.
The complex challenges of the soy supply chain require joint efforts and shared responsibility to transition to responsible soy value chains. If you haven’t done so yet, we invite you to sign up for the RTRS 2021 Meeting Point.