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New RTRS accreditation and certification requirements for responsible soy production

The RTRS Chain of Custody Standard (CoC) guarantees that all soy bought throughout the supply chain originates from certified sources.

Governed through a set of requirements, the Chain of Custody Requirements for Producers (Annex 1 of the RTRS Production Standard) ensures that producers comply in order to be able to sell their certified product through the physical flow (under Country Material Balance, Mass Balance or Segregation system).

This scope is currently optional meaning that only ¼ of the RTRS certified producers include this scope in their certification. This means that producers who include the scope of their certification in the Chain of Custody Requirements for Producers will be able to sell their certified product through the physical flow or through the RTRS credit system. On the other hand, certified producers not including this scope (the remaining three quarters) are limited to selling the equivalent of their certified soy only through RTRS credit system.

At the 13th General Assembly (GA13) taking place on June 12th 2019, RTRS announced the approval of a new version of the RTRS accreditation and certification requirements for responsible soy production (version 4.2). The new version will have a large impact on RTRS certified physical flow availability by making it mandatory for all RTRS certified producers to include it in the audit Chain of Custody Requirements for Producers by 2020.

As part of RTRS’s ongoing ‘commitment to continuous improvement’, the requirements set in this new version, will increase mass balance volumes that will be available for the market. Based on 2018 numbers of RTRS certified soy production, the RTRS Mass Balance available could increase from 1.5 million to around 4.5 million tons, including new countries and regions with volumes of certified material ready to sell by physical flow.

The updated version of the RTRS accreditation and certification requirements for responsible soy production (version 4.2) adds value to the certification of soy production and has two purposes. It contributes to the development of the physical soy market creating conditions that increase the scale and impact of sustainable soy on a global basis, and at the same time it gives producers the opportunity to widen their supply of sustainable soy (RTRS credits or certified soy) available to the market demand.