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Tuesday, September 27 2022 - 23:08
U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) Certificates Can Now Be Transferred
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Move by USSEC Supports Customers' Efforts to Verify Sustainable Soy 

International customers of U.S. Soy throughout the supply chain are now able to 
better demonstrate their commitment to sourcing sustainable ingredients. The 
U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol ( 
) (SSAP) has been expanded to allow the transfer of SSAP certificates up to 
four times. 

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U.S. Soy customers have long sought more transparency in the sustainability of 
their purchases. This change to the SSAP by Soy Export Sustainability, LLC ( 
), which is partially funded by the national soybean checkoff, allows customers 
to keep records of their sustainable U.S. Soy purchases, use these purchases to 
meet their ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) goals, and report on 
their progress toward those goals. Importers will be able to receive a 
certificate in their name from an exporter, the importer will then be able to 
transfer certificates to their customers. The certificate has the potential to 
be transferred a total of four times after export. 

"Ensuring sustainable sourcing of products is central to our commitment to 
responsible supply chains. We are glad to see continuous improvement of the 
SSAP certifications, as well as the transparent and credible methodologies in 
place for measuring sustainable performance. Transferable certificates are key 
to our customers and our business to track and verify that the soy products we 
source are raised in a sustainable manner, leading to greater sustainability of 
the global food system," said Dessislava Barzachka, EA Sustainability Execution 
Manager, Bunge. 

The SSAP, which was developed in 2013, is a verified aggregate approach, 
audited by third parties, that verifies sustainable soybean production on a 
national scale. The system is designed to maintain mass balance of verified 
sustainable soy at each transfer and industry processing calculations are also 
incorporated into the system. The organization issuing and tracking the 
certificates is Soy Export Sustainability, LLC.

While this change meets the buyers' needs for demonstrating their commitment to 
sourcing sustainable soy in the short-term, in the long-term the change could 
also help generate demand for their products because of consumer preferences 
for sustainable products. 

Under the SSAP guidelines, U.S. soybean farmers continuously improve their 
sustainability performance, ensuring an even more sustainable product in the 
future. U.S. Soy is already recognized as having the lowest carbon footprint 
versus soy of other origins. In addition, the SSAP includes farm audits 
conducted by an independent third party – the U.S. Department of Agriculture 
(USDA). SSAP recently earned Silver Level Equivalence when benchmarked with the 
Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform)'s Farm 
Sustainability Assessment (FSA) 3.0. It is also positively benchmarked with the 
soy sourcing guidelines of the European Feed Manufacturers Federation (FEFAC) 
through the independent International Trade Centre (ITC) and is recognized by 
the Consumer Goods Forum's Sustainable Soy Sourcing Guidelines and the Global 
Seafood Alliance's Best Aquaculture Practices.

"U.S. soybean farmers have a strong commitment to sustainability, so we are 
always exploring how we can support their efforts to verify the sustainability 
of their products. The SSAP does that, but now with transferable certificates, 
it allows for that verification to be passed along to their other customers," 
said Abby Rinne, Director of Sustainability, U.S. Soybean Export Council 
(USSEC). USSEC is a founding member of Soy Export Sustainability, LLC focused 
on differentiating, elevating preference, and attaining market access for U.S. 

About U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) 

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) focuses on differentiating, elevating 
preference, and attaining market access for the use of U.S. Soy for human 
consumption, aquaculture, and livestock feed in 80+ countries internationally. 
USSEC members represent the soy supply chain including U.S. Soy farmers, 
processors, commodity shippers, merchandisers, allied agribusinesses, and 
agricultural organizations. USSEC is funded by the U.S. soybean checkoff, USDA 
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) matching funds, and industry.Visit ;for the latest information on U.S. Soy solutions ( 
) and news about USSEC and U.S. Soy internationally. 

This news release was partially funded by U.S. Soy farmers, their checkoff and 
the soy value chain.

Media Contacts:
Chris Samuel	
Director of Global Communications 	
U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) 	
+1.314.306.1273  I

Kerrey Kerr-Enskat	
Senior Manager, Communications	
U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC)	
+1.515.823.1848  I

Bill Raack   
+1.314.602.0696  I

Andy Likes
Sr. Director
+1.314.606.1878  I

SOURCE U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC)