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Tyson, Proforest partnering on deforestation risk assessment

Assessment to help identify if there is risk in company’s sourcing origins for cattle, palm oil, soy, timber, pulp and paper.

Tyson Foods Inc. is partnering with Proforest, an independent organization focused on sustainability in the forest and agriculture sectors and implementation of responsible sourcing practices, to help the company conduct a deforestation risk assessment across its global agricultural supply chain.

The assessment will be conducted to help identify if there is risk in the company’s sourcing origins, focusing on commodities such as cattle, palm oil, soy, timber, pulp and paper.

Findings will inform the development of a Tyson Foods Forest Protection Policy in 2020. The assessment is also expected to inform, if necessary, the implementation of actions to mitigate or eliminate any identified deforestation risks.

In 2017, Tyson partnered with an environmentally focused non-government organization (NGO) to conduct a sustainable sourcing risk assessment, which classified the company’s deforestation risk as minimal to low. Since then, the company has expanded its international presence from two countries to nine, with the acquisition of Keystone Foods and additional poultry businesses in Thailand and Europe. Given Tyson’s expanded footprint, the supply chain will be reassessed to identify and classify potential risks.

“We’re committed to sustainably feeding the world. As part of that, we must operate with a high degree of certainty about sourcing in our supply chains across the globe,” said John Tyson, chief sustainability officer for Tyson. “We look forward to working with Proforest to better understand potential risks and do our part on this complicated issue.”

Proforest will partner with Global Canopy, an international environmental NGO, and will utilize Trase, a publicly available supply chain mapping platform developed by the Stockholm Environment Institute and Global Canopy.

In addition to the partnership with Proforest, Tyson recently became a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy, a civil organization that promotes responsible production, processing and trading of soy on a global level. The company is also a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, a civil organization that works with stakeholders from across the palm oil industry to develop global standards to define and certify sustainable palm oil.

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