Producers

Being an RTRS producer means sealing your commitment to social and environmental responsibility. It means complying with five basic principles: meeting laws and best business practices; having good working conditions; respecting and developing links with local communities; taking care of the environment; and carrying out appropriate agricultural practices.

RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production

In order obtain the RTRS certification for responsible soy production, the producer must comply with 106 mandatory and progressive compliance indicators:
Legal compliance and good business practices
Responsible labour conditions
Responsible community relations
Environmental responsibility
Good agricultural practices

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Why become an RTRS certified producer?

It is a demonstration of the producer’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility.
Certification is implemented worldwide and adapted to the local legislation of each individual soy producing country.
Applicable to the production of soy for multiple purposes – human consumption, animal feed and biofuels.
Available for producers of any kind and size – individual or group certification.
Applicable to any kind of production technology.
A solution for global sustainability goals – markets committed to responsible supply chains.
Management tool and sustainable strategy – be prepared to meet global market requirements.
Being a certified producer is a seal of:
Competitiveness
in the context of a global market that is increasingly becoming more demanding.
Reputation
of producers and the agroindustry sector.
Sustainability
of natural, environmental and social resources.

Benefits of certification

Management

Improves management indicators
Improves operational efficiency and productivity
Optimises order and records of working methodology
Ensures understanding and fulfilment of the legal requirements

Economic

Allows access to international markets
Provides comparative and competitive advantages
Reduces cost
Optimises input monitoring and management
Reduces operational risks

Environmental

Preserves biodiversity and high conservation value areas
Improves soil and water quality
Reduces contamination
Improves waste management and tracking
Reduces environmental impact by applying Integrated Crop Management (ICM) techniques

Social

Reduces labour accidents
Reduces employee turnover and increases sense of belonging.
Improves community relations
Improves corporate image and reputation

Certification process

Technical
DIAGNOSIS
By Expert
Facilitator
  • Collection of data about the property
  • Defining status with regard to RTRS Standard
Expert and Producer
IMPLEMENTATION
Implemented by the producer
under the advice of the
Expert Facilitator
  • Recommendations
  • Training
  • Improvements
  • Records
Expert
PRE-AUDIT
By Expert
Facilitator
  • General documents
  • Process requirements
  • Compliance indicators
Certification Body
AUDIT
By Certification
Body
  • Certificate
    (valid for 5 years with annual follow-up)

Types of certification

Individual Certification
For producers who want to obtain a certificate for one farm.
Multi-site certification
For producers who own or manage several farms certified under a single certificate.
Group certification
For producers who decide to obtain RTRS certification as a group. At group level, a group manager is responsible for supporting members on both technical and commercial matters, and implementing an internal control system.
Group certification allows group members to share the costs of the certification and audits. It is recommended for cooperatives, small and medium-size producers, family agriculture, etc.
Those responsible for auditing and certifying the RTRS standards are the certification bodies through the RTRS qualified lead auditors.

National Interpretations

RTRS certification is a global standard, but its interpretations and requirements can be adjusted to meet local conditions and legislation in each individual country.
Implementing a national interpretation?

1

A National Technical Group (NTG) made up of representatives from the three RTRS constituencies is set up. Over a number of meetings, this group reviews the RTRS Standard against the reality in the relevant country.

2

A National Interpretation (NI) is developed and field tests are carried out to determine if it is applicable.

3

The draft NI is subject to a public consultation. The NTG analyses any feedback and decides if the draft interpretation can be submitted to the Executive Board for approval.

4

The Executive Board approves the national interpretation.

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