|RTRS Certification logo presented in Buenos Aires at RT6|
16 June, 2011
At the opening of the RT6 the leaving RTRS President, Jeroen Douglas, unveiled the official RTRS certification logo.
Certified companies among the chain that buy RTRS certified soy will be allowed to use this logo. For details on the rules on usage see the RTRS website (http://www.responsiblesoy.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=247&Itemid=176&lang=en).
Two of the protagonists of the meeting were Grupo Maggi (Brazil) and Viluco (Argentina): the first is already certified and the latter in process of obtaining its certification. The Brazilian company was the first one to receive RTRS certification for 218,000 tons of soy, which were partly purchased by Unilever Brazil and a group of Dutch food and feed companies.
Carlos Chiavarini, Control Union (Argentina), sharing RTRS Standard implementation experience of Grupo A. Maggi (Brazil)
The first RTRS certified soy experience represented a significant step forward for the Association and an important move for the international market. The joint and comprehensive commitment covers compliance of the 5 principles of the RTRS Standard, including legal compliance and good business practices, responsible labor conditions, responsible community relations, environmental responsibility, and good agricultural practices.
Liu Dengao, Vice President of the China Soybean Industry Association, keynote closing speaker
The Vice President of the China Soybean Industry Association - Liu Dengao-held his keynote closing speech on the second day of the Conference. Mr. Dengao, who represents about 40 million Chinese producers, highlighted the role of this oilseed in his country’s economy, which imports more than half of the total global soy trade volume. Therefore, he stated that “the RTRS proposal provides solutions to overcome problems in the whole production process”. Additionally, he pointed out the importance of training small producers so that they can comply with the Standard and the possibility of selling RTRS certificates.
Ramiro Aznar (Grupo Lucci, Argentina), Ashis Mondal (Action for Social Advancement), Michelle Morton (Shell International), Miguel Hernandez (Solidaridad, Argentina), Cassio Franco (WWF, Brazil), Martina Gaebler (GIZ, Germany), Bruce Wise (International Finance Corporation (IFC), Brazil), Jan Gilhuis (Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), The Netherlands), Christian Swensson (Swedisch Dairy Association, Sweden), Giovana Baggio (TNC, Brazil), Cesare Zanasi (University of Bologna, Italy), were among the Conference speakers.
RT6 Audience watching presentation Bruce Wise, International Finance Corporation (Brazil)
RTRS authorities highlighted the value of having this certification and aim to reach 500,000 tons of RTRS certified soy this year, doubling that amount in 2012. Symbolically, Solidaridad, a Dutch NGO, bought 100 credits representing 100 tons of RTRS certified soy. Thus, the RTRS announced its system of certified soy credits through the Certificate Trading Platform. In Agustin Mascotena´s words: “We know global soy demand will continue to increase; it is our job to provide the world with a guarantee of sustainability commitment”.