Addressing the Implications of Soy Production in South America

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This thesis examines the implications associated with a growth in the demand for global soy. This demand increase is seen to stem from the demand for meat increase via animal feed production and for bioenergy. Coupled with such a demand increase comes a variety of implications, most evidently threats to the environment arising in the production stage of soy cultivation. Once acknowledged it can become intwined into business models and their approach to addressing implications analysed for apparent success. Such implications and the ability to alter business models to compensate for change were examined through the following research question: What are the motivations influencing soy producing corporations within South America to adopt Corporate Social Responsibility policies within business models and to what extent are implemented CSR policies successful? Results demonstrate the most significant threat posed by soy cultivation is that of deforestation. Therefore, the basis of this thesis revolves around business model alteration in an effort to prevent deforestation rising or limit its affects from soy cultivation. Three South American companies had their policies examined and their motivations for change compared, recommendations were provided based on findings.
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