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RTRS welcomes 5 new members in 2018

In the first semester 2018, 5 new organizations joined the Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS), which now has total of 184 members.

New RTRS members representing the Industry, Trade and Finance constituency are METRO AG, a multinational retail chain based in Düsseldorf, Germany; Exportadora Los Fiordos Ltda, a salmon producer in Chile and Quorn Foods, a vegetarian food producer in United Kingdom. SOYTOUCH Association from France and Fundación Proyungas, from Argentina, joined the RTRS representing the Producers and the Civil Society constituencies, respectively.

German wholesale company METRO AG is currently defining its soy supply chain policy and action plan,and joins RTRS not only to share its knowledge and experience with other members, but also to ratify its commitment to sustainable supply chains.

Seeking to maintain a high sustainability standard in salmon production and in line with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), Exportadora Los Fiordos Ltda., joins RTRS to strengthen its commitment to using RTRS certified soy in the aquaculture industry.

Along these lines, and representing the Industry constituency, Quorn Foods joins RTRS in order to ensure the responsible supply of its vegetarian food products sold under the brand Cauldron.

SOYTOUCH, a French Association that brings together 20 local soy producers, joins RTRS to leverage its commitment to quality and to the sustainable production of its globally renowned GMO-free soy.

For the purpose of promoting sustainable social development, biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources in areas of high sensitivity environmental and social, Argentine civil association Fundación Proyungas, joins RTRS to participate in its global, multistakeholder dialogue forum.

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Learn more about the organizations that joined RTRS in 2018:

METRO AG

Germany

Industry, Trade and Finance

www.metroag.de/en

METRO AG is a leading international specialist in wholesale and food retail. The company is a partner for many small and medium sized independent businesses and offers sustainable solutions with higher economic added value. METRO operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide.

The organization has drawn up a Policy for Sustainable Sourcing for its own brands intended to source products in an environmentally and socio-economically sustainable manner. It has implemented sourcing policies for fish and palm oil, for example, and has on cage free eggs for Own Brand assortment. In October 2017, Metro was recognized for the third year in row as Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

Exportadora Los Fiordos Ltda.

Chile

Industry, Trade and Finance

www.losfiordos.com

Chilean company Exportadora Los Fiordos Ltda. started to operate in 1989. It produces Atlantic and Coho salmon using a 100% integrated process across all the stages in the productive cycle: breeding and reproduction, fresh water, fattening, processing, marketing and feed for their own fish.

In line with its commitment to sustainable production, the company signed its second Memorandum of Understanding with World Wildlife Found (WWF), by which it undertakes to participate in Fishery Improvement Projects (FIP’s) to give Chilean fisheries the opportunity to be certified under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard, thus promoting sustainable local development.

Quorn Foods

United Kingdom

Industry, Trade and Finance

www.quorn.co.uk

With headquarters in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Quorn Foods is a brand of meat-free products of Marlow Foods. The company owns the vegetarian brands Quorn and Cauldron. All Quorn products are made with Quorn’s proprietary ingredient, called Mycoprotein and Cauldron vegetarian food products.

The company collaborates with various organizations including World Resources Institute, Forum for the Future, FAIRR, World Wildlife Fund, Compassion in World Farming and works with certification schemes such as ISO 14001, RSPO, Carbon Trust Product Carbon Footprint Certification.

SoyTouch Association

France

Producers

www.soytouch.com

SOYTOUCH Association brings together 20 French producers engaged in the collection, processing (cleaning and sorting) and trading of GMO-free soy. Its production is intended primarily for human consumption markets in Asia, Europe and North America.

By establishing the highest quality standards in the industry, SOYTOUCH has acquired an excellent reputation worldwide, through the purity and wide variety of its seeds, stringent processing control measures and top quality customer service.

Fundación ProYungas

Argentina

Civil Society

proyungas.org.ar

Fundación ProYungas engages in research, monitoring and action implementation for the sustainable management of priority subtropical ecosystems in Argentina (Yungas, Chaco, Misiones Rainforest, Andes, etc.). The Foundation aims at promoting social development in a sustainable manner preserving the environmental and cultural wealth of the territory, fully integrating biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in a context of equity and social inclusion.

ProYungas Institutional strategy is based in the connection with NGO’s, provincial and municipal governments, private businesses and rural communities (aboriginals and farmers), responsible for managing large territories.

July 2018