After a packed first day of discussions around a number of core issues, including the future of supply chain collaboration and the link between the finance sector and issues of ‘supply and demand’, RT14 Day 2 will be equally vital for anyone looking to understand the challenges of the sustainable soy supply chain beyond 2020.
Day 2 of RT14, RTRS’ annual conference taking place at Rabobank Head Office in Utrecht from June 11-12 2019, will focus on public policies and jurisdictional initiatives. An opening panel on public policies will include contributions from Vincent van den Berk (representative of the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Amsterdam Declaration Partnership), Toby Gardner (research fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden), Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst (Head Division International Nature Conservation, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany), Fernando Sampaio (Executive Director, Produce, Conserve and Include -PCI Strategy, of the Government of the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil), and Eduardo Lago (President, EMAP, Maranhão Port Authority Company – Port of Itaqui, and Governor’s representative of the State of Maranhão, Brazil)
They will be discussing how governments are and should be helping consumer markets mobilize to accelerate commitments to responsible sourcing, how jurisdictional and supply chain approaches to responsible sourcing can complement one another and how RTRS’ work with jurisdictional certification links to landscape initiatives like Produce, Conserve and Include (PCI) and to multilateral commitments such as the Amsterdam Declaration.
RT14 will close the conference with a discussion on the future of supply chain collaboration. Attendees will have the chance to hear RTRS President Marina Born speak, joined by Justin Adams (Executive Director, Tropical Forest Alliance) Jeffrey Milder (Director of Global Programs, Rainforest Alliance / Accountability Framework), Ruaraidh Petre (Executive Director of Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef – GRSB), Rolf Hogan (Executive Director of Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials – RSB ) and Inke van der Sluijs (Executive Director of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – RSPO). Together they will explore what opportunities exist for certification schemes and commodity roundtables to come together with a view to simplifying the market and promoting greater uptake right along the supply chain.
Finally the panel will explore the links between roundtables, certification schemes and global initiatives such as the Accountability Framework and the Tropical Forest Alliance, with a view to understanding how they can better work together to create a more sustainable future for stakeholders along the soy supply chain.