The Sourcing Guidelines are a professional recommendation. Individual companies are to take the final decision on the sourcing of their soy products. It is outside the scope and mandate of FEFAC to determine which soy products companies should buy or to promote any particular responsible soy standard or programme. The aim of this tool is to determine in an objective manner which standards and schemes cover the environmental and social items and meet the verification requirements of the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines. ITC nor FEFAC in no way intend to make a quality judgement about one scheme vis-a-vis another scheme.