"At M&S we are deeply concerned about the impact that soya production can have on the landscape and communities where it is grown" says Fiona Wheatley, Sustainable Development Manager at the UK retailer M&S.
"That is why as part of Plan A, our 180-point sustainability plan, we have made a commitment to source all our soya from sources that do not contribute to deforestation by 2015".
Although this sounds simple, in reality this is a complex challenge for any retailer.
Soya finds its way onto UK supermarkets shelves in a wide range of products.
"Soya is a major ingredient in products like soya milk, tofu and soya sauce, but more often it only accounts for a tiny proportion of the product" says Fiona
"Soya is high in protein so is a common component of animal feed, this means it is indirectly used to produce chicken, pork and beef, as well as dairy products and eggs."
Faced with this complexity M&S are looking for practical, implementable solutions and this is where RTRS
comes in. "We recognise we can't do this alone," Fiona
says, "we need to work alongside expert partners to find the right solutions.