7 December, 2020

Exponential growth for RTRS Chain of Custody Certification in 2020

During 2020, 67 new sites in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, India, Netherlands and Paraguay were certified against the Chain of Custody Standard; this number includes 19 ports. To date, there are 122 sites certified to receive, process and trade RTRS-certified physical soy.[1]

In 2020 a total of 67 new sites were certified against RTRS Chain of Custody Standard under RTRS Mass Balance and/or Segregation, including, in some cases, the RTRS non-GMO scope. The significant increase in the demand for RTRS Chain of Custody certification during this year, and the growing number of certified sites shows the strengthening of RTRS sustainable soy supply system, which between 2011 and 2019 included 16 organizations and 55 sites (6 being ports).

Following the record for RTRS Chain of Custody certification registered and reported  last September, 38 new certified sites are added.[2]

ADM obtained Chain of Custody certification for four sites (ADM Hamburg AG, ADM Mainz GmbH, ADM Europoort BV and ADM International SARL) which include a sales office in Rolle, Switzerland and three plants with storage facilities, processing facilities and ports, located in Hamburg and Mainz, Germany, and Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

As for Latin America, in Brazil, Cargill Agrícola S.A. certified 26 sites and recertified 17 sites in August 2020. Thus, the organization has 43 certified sites that include: four processing facilities in Barreiras (Bahia), Rio Verde (Goiás), Primavera do Leste (Mato Grosso) and Uberlandia (Minas Gerais); a transshipment facility in Caipoania (Goiás); three port terminals: Puerto Miritituba (Pará), Puerto Santarém (Pará) and Puerto Itaquí (Maranhão); plus 39 storage facilities in the States of  Bahia, Distrito Federal, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Rondônia and Tocantins.

Bunge Alimentos S.A. also certified five sites that include 4 processing plants and a port. On its part, General Mills Alimentos Ltda. obtained Chain of Custody – Segregation certification for their site in Pouso Alegre (Minas Gerais) where they manufacture soy-based beverages. Activities in this plant include processing of soy, formulation, heat treatment and packaging.

With these new certified sites added to the list, to date, there are 122 sites certified to receive, process and trade RTRS-certified physical soy, including 25 ports in Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Paraguay.

The RTRS Chain of Custody system is consolidated, and is not an isolated event, but the result of a sustained process that has been in place for a decade. The organizations that adopted the RTRS credit system since the first certification in 2011 (Arla, Unilever, Forfarmers, Agrifirm; Lidl since 2017, to name a few) consolidated the growth of production, trade and use of RTRS responsible soy. This approach enabled the sustainable development of several regions of the world, creating the conditions for the Chain of Custody Certification system to expand and consolidate the structure to receive, process and trade RTRS physical soybean (Country Material Balance, Mass Balance and Segregation).

Click here to access to the full list of RTRS Chain of Custody certified organizations.


  1. Data collected as of December 3, 2020.
  2. The criteria for listing and identifying organizations and their certifications respond to strictly communicational purposes. Thus, organizations certified between October and December 3, 2020, are listed by certification date, newest to oldest and by continent. 


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