Solidaridad China

Thinking bigger

As the world’s largest importer of commodities such as soybean and palm oil, China plays a key role in sustainable food production. Companies have been reluctant to make major investments in sustainability in the absence of a strong business case. As external support falls away, Solidaridad continues to work to establish a viable supply chain.

Soy: A sustainable beanfeast

The soy market is becoming a seller’s market as the buying power of the European Union, with its strict sustainability criteria, has diminished. Demand for Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) certified soy is falling behind production.

Solidaridad has been encouraging companies to become RTRS certified, while also focusing on working with producers to ensure their interests are accommodated.

Achievements and partnerships:

  • Solidaridad China formed alliances with leading organisations such as the Chinese Soybean Industry Association, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), WWF and the Paulson Institute to encourage demand for sustainable commodities.
  • Solidaridad China co-organised the RTRS’s 8th annual conference in Beijing. The event brought together many trade organisations around the world to develop sustainable and responsible methods.
  • Chinese companies are receiving support for their hectares of soy to become certified to RTRS standards.
  • Chinese soy smallholders are also receiving training in best practices.

Textiles: A fitting solution

Along with India and Bangladesh, China is one of the world’s top three producers of clothing worldwide. Solidaridad’s work concentrates on technical support, building capacity and developing skills at textile mills and factories, with the emphasis on social and environmental measures.

Achievements and partnerships:

  • Solidaridad China works closely with industry leaders such as H&M, C&A, and Primark to create the Better Mills Initiative (BMI). The programme, which grew out of a small pilot project, aims to achieve measurable improvements in several impact areas including water, energy use, and chemical management at a number of dyeing and printing mills.

Cotton: Reeling out progress

Solidaridad has a strong track record of supporting farmers’ economic, social and environmental performance. Much of the world’s cotton is still grown in unacceptable conditions, with health problems linked to the use of pesticides, poor labour conditions, water scarcity and low yields leading to low wages and poverty.

We are one of the main partners in the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), with programmes in China, India, Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa. Data analysis shows that BCI smallholders in China have increased yields, reduced water and pesticide usage and become more profitable than similar farmers outside the scheme.

  • Contact Information

    Ying (Martin) Ma

    Managing Director, Solidaridad China

    Room 208, Miyang Plaza, Yong'an Dongli, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100022