U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol

United States

Tool Type


Risk Type

Climate change | Environmental

Feed Ingredients

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Animal proteins (LAP/PAP)

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Aquaculture trimmings

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Oil palm

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Single-cell proteins (SCP)

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Vitamins & minerals

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Wild capture fisheries

What is it? 

The U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) is an aggregate approach audited by third parties that verifies sustainable soy production at a national scale (the US). The Protocol describes the regulations, processes, and management practices that ensure sustainable soy production. This Sustainability Assurance Protocol is part of the overall U.S. soy producer sustainability program.

The SSAP is organized into the following four Directives and eleven Impact Categories. 

  1. Biodiversity and High Carbon Stock Production Control Measures and Regulations
      • Land Use, Sensitive Habitats, and Biodiversity
  2. Production Practices Control Measures and Regulations
      • Soil Health & Productivity
      • Crop Health & Agricultural Best Management Practices
      • Waste & Pollution
      • Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Fossil Fuel Use, & Air Quality
  3. Public and Labor Health and Welfare Control Measures and Regulations
      • Water Quality & Quantity
      • Plant Protection & Nutrient Management
      • Working Conditions & Labor Relations
      • Worker & Public Safety
      • Community Relations
  4. Continuous Improvement of Production Practices and Environmental Protection Control Measures and Regulations
    • Continuous Improvement