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Joint Work for a Joint Solution

The RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production was created thanks to the effort of players such as producers, industry, and civil society, involved in the soy value chain, who were able to discuss and reach consensus on a series of Principles and Criteria for certifying soy as a responsible crop. The pillars of the RTRS Standard of Production are:

01. Legal Compliance icon

Legal Compliance and Good Business Practices

02. Responisble Labour Conditions icon

Responsible Labour Conditions

03. Responsible Community Relations icon

Responsible Community Relations

04. Environmental Responsibility icon

Environmental Responsibility

05. Good Agricultural Practices icon

Good Agricultural Practices

Small Producers can also be Certified

ilustraciones-ESP_-20To be able to include small producers in our initiative, we created the Group Certification option.

This way, several small producers may get together into a group and apply for one single certificate that covers all their fields, while sharing assessment costs, both for certification and for annual surveillance.

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For this, we have developed the RTRS Standard for Group and Multi-Site Certification, which describes a series of requirements for setting up an Internal Control System (ICS) that assures that group members meet the RTRS requirements for responsible soy production.

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Several Sites: One Single Certificate

ilustraciones-ESP_-19For companies having several farms that want to issue one single certificate, we created a Multi-Site Certification. 

Under this modality, all the farms under the same and only property and subject to the same management and control systems may be granted a single certification without any need for applying for one individual certification for each one of the sites.

Possibility for Applying for a Step-by-Step Certification

GuiaRTRSTradingIn order to increase the number of producers included in the certification scheme, we developed a progressive entry level that includes a continuous improvement approach. For this, we have divided indicators into categories of relevance, thus enabling a step-by-step planning process with goals to be met with specific deadlines. Our aim is to determine a realistic, credible and pragmatic approach of the RTRS scheme.

For this, we took into account: input from the three RTRS constituencies, other sustainable certification schemes, the approach to similar issues, analysis of evidence gathered during field test periods, inclusion of small producers, and national law, among others.

THE PROGRESSIVE ENTRY LEVEL INDICATED AT THE NATIONAL INTERPRETATION OF THE RESPECTIVE COUNTRY (IF EXISTING) IS THE VALID APPROACH TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT FOR CERTIFICATION.

For further information on National Interpretations, please click here.

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Exports to the European Union for Biofuel Production

The European Commission (EC) created the Renewable Energy Directive (EU-RED) that regulates imports of raw materials (such as soy) into the European Union for biofuel production. The established standards are related to requirements concerning changes in the use of land, Greenhouse Gas Effect calculations and traceability, and they determine if these raw materials may be considered as sustainable or not. To meet this regulation, we have created the RTRS Annex for Biofuels. This Annex includes all the requirements of the directive and, although certification is only optional, it assures that producers will export soy to any of the member states of the European Union in the form of raw material for biofuel production.