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  • Overall approach
    0/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      0/1
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    6/84
    • Soy
      6/84
      • Commitment Strength
        3/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/17
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No

            Which certification schemes are used?: Other certification

            If Other, specify here: RFS-2 EPA system
            "Since last year AFA SCL started to commercialize sustainable soybean under the RFS -2 EPA System , which was developed by US Environmental Protection Agency aiming to certify the traceability of biodiesel imported by United States. Therefore, AFA SCL’s sustainable soybean is utilized for the production of biodiesel destined to United States. Sustainable soybean certification process conducted by AFA SCL is audited by the Argentine subsidiary of Control Union, a leading Company of Commodity inspections and Certifications. Throughout 2015, all associate farmers have trusted the commercialization of Sustainable Soybean offered by AFA SCL, they certified the system’s sustainability and nowadays they are obtaining economic benefits and are assisting in preserving the environment."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            Only soy that is exported to the USA - "Since last year AFA SCL started to commercialize sustainable soybean under the RFS -2 EPA System , which was developed by US Environmental Protection Agency aiming to certify the traceability of biodiesel imported by United States. Therefore, AFA SCL’s sustainable soybean is utilized for the production of biodiesel destined to United States. Sustainable soybean certification process conducted by AFA SCL is audited by the Argentine subsidiary of Control Union, a leading Company of Commodity inspections and Certifications. Throughout 2015, all associate farmers have trusted the commercialization of Sustainable Soybean offered by AFA SCL, they certified the system’s sustainability and nowadays they are obtaining economic benefits and are assisting in preserving the environment."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        2/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "AFA’s Cooperative Women Groups are made up by Associate women, Associates’ wives and daughters, women Employees and any women related to the Cooperative. Because of its continuous evolution and constant growth, there are 27 Groups made up by around 300 participants.The groups have as a unifying and general Objective to promote women’s participation in the Cooperative, especially dealing with topics related to sustainable development of the communities where AFA is.Each group organizes local meetings with a frequency determined by the organizational needs, in this way, these meetings could be every 15 days, once a month or every two months, etc.At the same time, once a month all the groups representatives have a monthly meeting in AFA Rosario so they achieve a better relationship, communication and exchange among the groups."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total area of land (in ha) that is available for future production, e.g. concessions?: 0 Not specified

          What type of conservation designation and/or conservation status is used?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of land holdings and processing facilities) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What types of ecosystems are these?: 0 Not specified

          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: Argentina

          In what jurisdiction(s)/subnational region does the company operate and/or source material?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are boundaries (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total land area owned, managed, or controlled by the company for the forest risk commodity?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are boundaries (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total area (in ha) of natural ecosystem on land owned, managed, or controlled by the company?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 0 Not specified
          The company lists all of its cooperatives on its website, disclosing the province and address for each.
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using a third-party monitoring system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using a third-party monitoring system
          4/4
          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0 Not specified

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: Argentine subsidiary of Control Union

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: 0 Not specified

          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: 0 Not specified

          For what percentage of production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages, or otherwise controls does the company use external processes or actors, such as certification, to monitor compliance?: 0 Not specified
          "Since last year AFA SCL started to commercialize sustainable soybean under the RFS -2 EPA System , which was developed by US Environmental Protection Agency aiming to certify the traceability of biodiesel imported by United States. Therefore, AFA SCL’s sustainable soybean is utilized for the production of biodiesel destined to United States. Sustainable soybean certification process conducted by AFA SCL is audited by the Argentine subsidiary of Control Union, a leading Company of Commodity inspections and Certifications. Throughout 2015, all associate farmers have trusted the commercialization of Sustainable Soybean offered by AFA SCL, they certified the system’s sustainability and nowadays they are obtaining economic benefits and are assisting in preserving the environment."
  • Commitment strength
    3/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    2/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    2/18
    Avg. score

Profile

AFA (Agric. Federados Args.) is an Argentinean cooperative that produces and trades in agricultural products, with the majority including soy. In addition to this, AFA offers farmers a wide range of other services including logistic services, insurance products, technical assistance and financing solutions. AFA is one of the largest cooperations in Latin America, generating millions of tons of soybean per year, the main portion of which are used for the production of biodiesel for North America.

Sector
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Agri commodities, Logistics
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Argentina
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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