Seven new organizations joined the Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) in the last quarter of 2019. From the Industry, Trade and Finance constituency: Tyson Foods Inc., the world’s second largest chicken, beef and pork processor and trader based in the US; Vall Companys, leading group in the agri-food sector in Spain and Portugal; Avena Nordic Grain Oy, Finland’s leading trader in grains and oilseeds and Restaurant Brands International (RBI), headquartered in Canada, owner of three quick service restaurant brands: BURGER KING®, TIM HORTONS® y POPEYES®. Also, CDP – Carbon Disclosure Project, an international non-profit organization that drives companies and governments to protect the environment, joined RTRS in the Civil Society constituency. Brazilian organizations Imaflora – the Institute for Forest and Agricultural Management and Certification and Geofarm Precision Agriculture applied for RTRS membership as Observers.
“RBI made a commitment to eliminating deforestation from its global supply chain by 2030 and much remains to be done with many of our suppliers. We decided to join RTRS in order to understand which is the best way to turn commitments into action.” Natalie Pecile, RBI Sustainability Manager
“We will acquire RTRS certified material for the soybean meal used to feed chickens in our supply chain, which generally comes from areas identified as ‘high risk’. In addition, we hope to identify other opportunities to work with RTRS in order to guarantee sustainable soy practices globally ”. Maggie Jo Hansen, Senior Commodity Analyst, International and Sustainability at Tyson Foods
“CDP recognizes that credible certification schemes and collaborative platforms such as RTRS contribute significantly to solving the problem of commodity-driven deforestation. One way in which CDP supports RTRS mission is encouraging companies in the soybean value chains to obtain this certification and get involved with the platform by integrating into the reporting process.” Sareh Forouzesh, CDP Forests Executive Manager
“Our purpose is to offer RTRS certification combined with the Rainforest Alliance Certified Seal, so that soybean producers and companies seek to improve their social and environmental performance.” Tharic Galuchi, Head of Agricultural Certification at Imaflora
These seven new members join Sligro Food Group B.V. (Netherlands), Jerónimo Martins SGPS, S.A. (Portugal), AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG (Germany), Dairy Crest Group PLC (United Kingdom) and Agricontrol – OIA Brasil Certificações (Brazil) that joined the association in the first half of the year.
About new RTRS Members
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Industry, Trade and Finance |United States | www.tysonfoods.com
At Tyson Foods, everything they do starts with the purpose of “raising the world’s expectations for how much good food can do.” As the largest U.S. food company, they have the opportunity and responsibility to create a more sustainable food system. This means creating positive social, environmental and economic impacts, and doing what’s right for key stakeholders like their customers, consumers, suppliers, team members, communities, the planet and shareholders.
Industry, Trade and Finance | Spain | www.vallcompanys.es
Vall Companys is a leading Spanish family-owned agri-food group founded in 1956. Vall Companys Group operational model is based on the integration of all stages across the production process, and on the work of dedicated professionals highly qualified in their own field of expertise. Vall Companys guarantees full process traceability, high food safety and consistent top product quality.
Avena Nordic Grain Oy
Industry, Trade and Finance | Finland | www.vallcompanys.es
Avena Nordic Grain Oy is a Finnish grain and feed stuff trader, main activities are grain export, rapeseed crush and import of protein raw materials like soy meal into Finland. Company is established in 1995.
Restaurant Brands International (RBI)
Industry, Trade and Finance |Canada |www.rbi.com
RBI is one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $32 billion in system-wide sales and approximately 26,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. RBI owns three of the world’s most prominent and iconic quick service restaurant brands – BURGER KING®, TIM HORTONS®, and POPEYES®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees and communities for decades.
CDP – Carbon Disclosure Project
Civil Society| United Kingdom | www.cdp.net
CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$96 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 8,400 companies with over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2019. This is in addition to the over 920 cities, states and regions who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. CDP is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. Visit https://cdp.net/en or follow us @CDP to find out more.
IMAFLORA- Instituto de Manejo e Certificação Florestal e Agrícola
Observers | Brazil | www.imaflora.org
Imaflora, the Institute for Forest and Agricultural Management and Certification, is a Brazilian nonprofit organization established in 1995 to promote actions that contribute to the conservation of forests and natural resources, improve the quality of life of rural and forestry workers, traditional and indigenous communities, and family farmers. It also promotes land use and sustainable development models that can be replicated in the different regions or biomes in Brazil.
Geofarm Agricultura de Precisão
Observers | Brazil | www.geogroup.com.br
Geofarm Precision Agriculture is a Brazilian consultant specialized in agronomic issues, including chemical, physical and biological parameters of agricultural soils; crop implementation, management and monitoring; agricultural telemetry and climate monitoring.
Their focus is mainly on the rational use of agricultural inputs. Clients receive support for the implementation of management models that contribute to business sustainability. Their advice is intended to obtain financially viable results while keeping the responsibility for possible impacts on internal and external stakeholders.