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In April, Ignacio Gavilan, Environmental Sustainability Director at the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) addressed delegates at the IEC London Business Conference, and spoke about why environmental sustainability is such an important issue for the global egg industry, which buys a substantial volume of soy for chicken feed. Ignacio stated that, “Supporting sustainable soy production from such a key sourcing area is an important step from a supply chain resilience perspective. Continued degradation of the Cerrado is likely to increase the risk of drought and other negative effects on soy production into the future.”

Ignacio spoke on depth about the statement of support (SoS) for the Cerrado Manifesto, created by influential civil society stakeholders in Brazil last September. Signatories, including CGF members such as Walmart, METRO, Tesco and Ahold Delhaize, aim to promote more resilient agriculture and land planning practices in the region through responsible sourcing of Brazilian soy or cattle in their products and supply chains. As of today, the number of signatories has reached 66 and is on the rise, including many global egg customers.

In April, young professionals from the egg industry, as part of the Young Egg Leaders programme travelled to Paris to meet with the CGF and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The group discussed the challenges and opportunities around social and environmental challenges affecting the egg sector with CGF directors Didier Bergeret and Ignacio Gavilan.