Our ‘Round Table’
Benefits of membership
Become a major player in the process towards environmentally sustainable, socially fair and economically feasible soy production.
Be an active participant of the largest global multisectoral platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue and commitment to a responsible and transparent soy supply chain.
Connect directly with industry peers and experts.
Be part of a network of global players in the soy supply chain that creates the conditions to articulate and work in synergy.
Make and participate in major joint decisions to create better conditions for the responsible production of soy worldwide.
Support and maintain a holistic and robust certification scheme, supported by a transparent and reliable verification system.
Participating Members will actively contribute to the objectives of RTRS as players in the soy value chain by representing one of the constituencies.
Types of membership
Our Participating Members are organisations in the soy value chain or representatives of civil society involved in soy-related initiatives or projects.
Participating Members are divided into three constituencies, equally represented in RTRS governance:
▶ Industry, Trade and Finance
▶ Civil Society Organizations
Our Observing Members are organisations that do not fall within any of the three constituencies of participating members. This includes regulatory authorities, governmental agencies, consulting and audit firms, academia and major donors among others.
Annual membership fees are to be paid no later than 1st April each year. Fees vary depending on the category of membership.
The following membership fees apply to RTRS:
|Category||Annual Membership Fee|
|Producers > 10,000 ha||EUR 2.500.-|
|Industry, Trade and Financial Institutions
|Civil Society Organisations (international,
annual budget over EUR 250,000)
|All others||EUR 250.-|
Membership fees are approved by the General Assembly of RTRS Members held May 31 2018, pursuant to Article 39(4) of RTRS Statutes.
Approval of membership applications requires the consent of at least six members of RTRS Executive Committee, two from each constituency.
Once this process is completed, the RTRS Secretariat notifies the applicant of the decision made by the Executive Committee – whether it has accepted or declined the application for admission.
Admission is considered to be approved once the RTRS Secretariat sends the confirmation email to the applicant organisation.
The General Assembly is RTRS’ highest decision-making level.
It includes all participating and observing members, although only the former have voting rights.
Assembly has the power to:
- Elect Members of the Executive Board
- Elect the Auditor
- Establish the principle guidelines RTRS general policy
- Amend the RTRS Statutes
- Amend the RTRS Standard or any of its Principles, Criteria, Indicators and Verification & Accreditation System
- Take into consideration and decide on proposals of the Executive Board
- Approve or reject the annual accounts and budget of RTRS
- Approve or reject the Membership fee proposed by the Executive Board
- Ratify further regulations proposed by the Executive Boardbe the final authority on dispute resolution, if the Executive Board cannot resolve a dispute and decide on the dissolution of RTRS
Annual progress reports
Participating Members must submit a written annual progress report to the RTRS Secretariat. This should be submitted following the end of the calendar year, but no later than 1 April of the following year. It should include, in particular, their activities and experiences relating to:
- RTRS Principles and Criteria, accomplishment of RTRS goals and the endorsement of responsible production, processing, trading and consumption of soy.
- and material produced and tools that are provided by RTRS.
Find the annual progress reports in the members search section.
For more information on the submission of annual progress reports, please contact the RTRS Secretariat.