HKScan is committed to using responsibly produced raw materials. Most of the feed used in animal farming is locally produced and the use of soy is low when compared internationally. At HSKcan, the use of responsibly produced soy is an important part of sustainable meat production. We are a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) association that promotes the use of responsible soy.
In the HKScan’s Finnish and Swedish value chains, we use only responsibly produced certified soy. In Sweden, we have used responsibly produced soy since 2015 and in Finland, since 2017. In Denmark and in the Baltics, we are committed to switch to the use of responsibly produced soy by 2025.
We approve the following soy certificates: RTRS, ProTerra, Donau soja/Europe soya, EU-organic, IFOAM and other third party verified soy according the Swedish Soy Dialogue criteria. We mainly use RTRS and ProTerra certifications.
We promote the use of local protein sources, such as rapeseed and broad bean, in the feeds used on the farms. Soy is mainly used in the feeds of poultry and pigs. We use no soy feed in the production of HK® Rypsiporsas and Finnish beef.
No soy feed used in the production of HK® Rypsiporsas and Finnish beef.
With our innovations, we have significantly promoted the sustainable food chain and enabled wider use of domestic protein. A good example is the HK Rypsiporsas® concept where the feed protein comes from domestic grain as well as from domestic rapeseed, broad beans and peas. The entire pork chain, including the feeding of HK Viljaporsaat, utilises by-products of the food industry instead of soy. A good example of well-functioning circular economy is barley protein, a by-product of the ethanol industry. In the feeding of Kariniemen® Kananpojat, the share of soy has already been reduced significantly; this work continues.
Finnish soy commitment
In Finland, HKScan has signed a commitment to use only responsibly produced soy. Many leading food companies have joined the soy commitment coordinated by WWF Finland. The commitment covers both the Finnish production chain and foreign procurement. The members are committed to ensuring that, by 2020, all soy used in the production chain of the members’ own products is responsibly produced. HKScan Finland moved to the use of responsible soy in 2017.
Swedish soy dialogue
In Sweden, HKScan supports the national responsible soy commitment in the Svenska Sojadialogen network. Since the beginning of 2015, 100 per cent of the soy used and sold by the members has been responsibly produced.
Svenska Sojadialogen is an extensive voluntary network of industry organisations, feed producers, food manufacturers and retail chains. It aims to guarantee that the soy used to produce food in Sweden is made in a socially and environmentally responsible way.
Danish responsible soy alliance
In Denmark, HKScan joined the Dansk Alliance for Ansvarlig Soja alliance, in summer 2020, promoting the responsible soy use. HKScan aims to gradually move to the use of responsible, certified soy also in Denmark. Dansk Alliance for Ansvarlig Soja includes trade and industry representatives, NGOs and public authorities.
Sustainable palm oil
We use only certified, responsibly produced palm oil. Our products contain only small amounts of palm oil, and we are investigating whether we could replace palm oil in our products with, e.g. rapeseed oil. We are an associate member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).