Soy and palm oil

The production of soy and palm oil may have significant environmental and social effects locally. As one of the largest meat producers in Northern Europe, HKScan is committed to using responsibly produced raw materials.

Use of Soy

To ensure the sustainability of soy we use, we are a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS).

We have announced that by the end of 2018, only responsibly produced certified soy is used in the value chain. The goal was achieved in Sweden in 2015 and in Finland in 2017. In Denmark, it represented 25 per cent of the soy used by HKScan in 2017. Estonia will reach the goal in 2018.

Use of palm oil

We are a member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

HKScan uses only small amounts of palm oil in its production, but the company endeavours to ensure it is responsibly produced. Most of the palm oil used in HKScan’s products has been certified, and the percentage will be increased. The target is to only use RSPO certified palm oil, the palm oil is also substituted with other oils like rapeseed oil.

Soy pledge in Finland

In 2016 HKScan Finland, Kesko, Arla Finland and Unilever Finland signed a pledge to use only responsibly produced soy in collaboration with WWF Finland. The Finnish soy pledge covers both the domestic production chain and imported soy. All the signatories are committed to ensuring that the soy used throughout their production chain will be responsibly produced by 2020, for HKScan Finland the commitment is fulfilled from 2017.

Soy dialoque in Sweden

HKScan Sweden is supporting a national agreement for responsibly produced soy together with the participants of the Swedish Soy dialogue. 100 percent of the soy which is used and/or by the participants is responsibly produced since the beginning of 2015.

The Soy dialogue is a board, voluntary network which includes branch organizations, the feed industry, food producers and store chains. The participants have signed an agreement with the target to guarantee that the soy used for production of food in Sweden is produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way.