Element 1: Assess and plan implementation

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Companies committed to sourcing soy responsibly usually already have policies setting out the environmental and social issues they want to address and the targets they aim to meet. To develop sound policy commitments, companies need to go through important steps, which consider an analysis of the current situation and identification of internal goals.

Implementation plans are a useful resource to consolidate the understanding of the strategy, steps, responsibilities and timeframes, allowing for monitoring progress and further reviews.

In this Briefing Note, companies who made commitments will find a summary of the five elements and useful information on how to devise an implementation plan to bring their policy commitments to life and enable accountability for the progress, building on comments and inputs received from soy buying companies, tool developers and non-governmental organisations in the development of the other elements of the Soy Toolkit.

The 5-element approach