|RTRS President invites members to buy RTRS credits|
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dear RTRS member,
As announced at several earlier occasions, the RTRS Certificate Trading Platform (CTP) has recently been inaugurated, in order to facilitate the selling and buying of RTRS credits. With this writing I would like to ask your attention for the important progress the RTRS booked, and invite you to consider buying available credits.
Member organizations that bought the first credits, so far a little over 160.000 credits, are Läntmannen (Sweden), Unilever (Brazil), IDS (Initiative Sustainable Soy, The Netherlands), and Vandermoortele (Belgium). On the producers side Grupo Maggi, SLC Agrícola and several APDC producers from Brazil, Viluco S.A., Los Grobo, Aceitera General Deheza, Adecoagro all from Argentina, and Cytasa from Paraguay are the first companies that certified – part of - their 2010/2011 harvest. In total and between these 3 countries around 400.000 tons of soy has been certified in 2011, the starting year of RTRS certification, with the first small scale producers from India expected to follow this example.
By buying RTRS credits you support directly producers who are soy certified. The advantages of this mechanism are that 1) it assures the producer receives the economic benefit, 2) as long as volumes are low, high logistical costs are avoided, 3) it allows producers from countries like India, Bolivia and others that don´t have a direct link with markets that require sustainability certification to receive support for taking responsibility, and 4) it allows companies of which the use of soy is spread in many different products – such as lecithin - to support responsible soy production in a practical approach.
I sincerely hope you are committed to buy RTRS credits and would like to offer you support regarding understanding the CTP. Please don´t hesitate to contact the RTRS Secretariat at +54 11 45198005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
RTRS President / Chief Procurement Officer at Nutreco