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Second period for the Public Consultation on the RTRS Standard for Responsible Corn Production V.1.0

The second period for the Public Consultation on the RTRS Standard for Responsible Corn Production V.1.0 will be open until Monday January 20, 2020.

Anybody interested in making comments, whether or not part of the corn supply chain, shall be entitled to send them via e-mail to technical.unit@responsiblesoy.org

Click here to access to the RTRS Standard for Responsible Corn Production V.1.0 Draft

About the participative and collaborative process for the new RTRS Standard for Responsible Corn Production

In 2015, RTRS developed a first approach towards the RTRS Standard for Responsible Corn Production and, in 2019, the RTRS Executive Board decided to continue with the process in order to launch this new certification scheme in 2020.

Through an open call for participation, RTRS brought together a Working Group responsible for reviewing specific crop-related requirements and their implementation in the certification process.

With the participation of 33 organizations, the Working Group held two face-to-face meetings on August 14 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and September 12 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Both meetings included the participation of organizations of all three RTRS constituencies, Producers; Industry, Trade and Finance and Civil Society, as well as representatives from the academic sector, experts and certification bodies, thus ensuring full representativeness of the corn sector.

The RTRS Draft Standard for Responsible Corn Production V.1.0, which includes the conclusions and recommendations for sustainable production discussed by the Working Group, was finally developed and published for public consultation from September 27 to November 27.

Comments received during the 60 day-period for the first Public Consultation have been reviewed and discussed by the Working Group, which resulted in the second draft version of the Standard. In December 2019, RTRS Executive Committee validated this document to open the second period for the Public Consultation.

After the second public consultation, the Working Group will again review the feedback received and draft the final version of the Standard. The Executive Committee will validate this document and will then submit the Standard for Responsible Corn Production to the RTRS General Assembly for final approval.