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On 21st September 2021, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainability Director, Ignacio Gavilan, joined a panel discussion on “The Challenge of Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials” at the 21st AECOC Congress of Meat and Prepared Products (21ª edición del Congreso AECOC de Productos Cárnicos y Elaborados). Speaking on the sustainable supply of soy in the Spanish meat sector, Ignacio reflected on the opportunities for companies, civil society organisations and governments to work together and collaborate for a forest positive future for both the soy and meat sectors.

Ignacio was joined by Jorge de Saja, Director General at CESFAC; Enrique Cabello, Director of the agricultural business for France, Iberia, Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa at Cargill; and  Eleanor Algarra, Deputy Director General of Livestock Production Means in the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for the discussion. 

Ignacio spoke about the need to increase transparency on the soy supply chain, particularly for products coming from higher risk areas like Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. He provided recommendations to Spanish retailers and manufacturers based on the Soy Roadmap published by the CGF’s Forest Positive Coalition.

He also noted the importance of having every value chain actor involved in these efforts, and how the panel was a great example of this collaboration, as it brought governments and traders together to the same table for discussion.

To learn more about how CGF members are taking action to remove deforestation, forest conversion and degradation from key commodity supply chains, visit the CGF Forest Positive Coalition website.

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