Tyson to conduct deforestation assessment

By Aidan Fortune

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Tyson to conduct deforestation assessment

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US processor Tyson Foods is to carry out a deforestation risk assessment across its global supply chain.

It is partnering with Proforest, an independent organization focused on sustainability in the forest and agricultural sectors and implementation of responsible sourcing practices, to help identify if there is risk in the company’s sourcing origins, focusing on commodities such as cattle, palm oil, soy, timber, pulp and paper. The new risk assessment has been made off the back of recent ventures into new markets by Tyson Foods.

In 2017, Tyson Foods partnered with an environmentally focused non-government organization to conduct a sustainable sourcing risk assessment, which classified the company’s deforestation risk as minimal to low. Since then, the company has expanded its international presence from two countries to nine, with the acquisition of Keystone Foods and additional poultry businesses in Thailand and Europe. Given the company’s expanded footprint, the supply chain will be reassessed to identify and classify potential risks.

The findings will inform the development of a Tyson Foods Forest Protection Policy in 2020. The assessment is also expected to inform, if necessary, the implementation of actions to mitigate or eliminate any identified deforestation risks.

“We’re committed to sustainably feeding the world. As part of that, we must operate with a high degree of certainty about sourcing in our supply chains across the globe,”​ said John R. Tyson, chief sustainability officer for Tyson Foods. “We look forward to working with Proforest to better understand potential risks and do our part on this complicated issue.”

To carry out the process, Proforest will partner with Global Canopy, an international environmental NGO, and utilize Trase, a publicly available supply chain mapping platform developed by the Stockholm Environment Institute and Global Canopy.

Global Meat News will be hosting a free editorial webinar on sustainability within the meat industry on 3 March 2020. For commercial opportunities associated with this webinar, contact Aline Henderson on nyvar.uraqrefba@jeoz.pbz.

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