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RTRS recognized for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

It’s official – RTRS certification has been recognized as compliant with the sustainable sourcing code for agricultural products of the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

RTRS is pleased to share the wonderful news that the Standards for Responsible Soy Production and Chain of Custody have been recognized as official certification schemes for the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020.

The Tokyo 2020 organising committee created the Tokyo 2020 Sustainable Sourcing Code as a tool to ensure sustainability throughout the supply chains of products and services the Games procures, as well as its licensed products by Tokyo 2020.

The idea behind it was to host a sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games that showcases best practice models to people in Japan and around the world and contributes to the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

After a successful application process, the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) certification has been officially recognized for meeting the sustainability requirements of the Tokyo 2020 Sustainable Sourcing Code. This recognition means RTRS certification is officially compliant with the sustainable sourcing code for agricultural products as approved by the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The RTRS multi-stakeholder and holistic scheme is the first and only soy certification scheme in South America to have met the Tokyo 2020 Sustainable Sourcing Code standards.

 “We very much welcome the recognition of the RTRS certification granted by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and are delighted to be able to tell our stakeholders that we are compliant with the sustainable sourcing code for agricultural products. This is another clear and strong sign of the truly global scope the sustainability agenda has achieved – it is good news for everyone”, states Marcelo Visconti, RTRS Executive Director.

“We are convinced that this recognition will create concrete opportunities for Japan in the global market. On the one hand, Japanese businesses are becoming active participants of the RTRS soy platform and, on the other hand, they are making use of certification to move towards the achievement of sustainable supply chains”, adds Marcelo.

The list of approved certifications will be announced on the official Tokyo 2020 website. We will share materials relevant to this announcement with you in due course.

If you would like more information about the Tokyo 2020 sustainability strategy and how sustainability will be embedded in all stages of the Games, visit the Tokyo 2020’s website: https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/sustainability/

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