25 May, 2019
RTRS commits to applying for ISEAL membership
As a demonstration of credibility and transparency
As a multistakeholder platform for developing and promoting definitions for responsible soy production, processing, trading and consumption with criteria that addresses economic, social and environmental issues embodied in RTRS Standards through its Principles, Criteria, Indicators, and Verification & Accreditation System, RTRS is announcing a programme of activities during 2019, that will enable the organisation apply to become a member of ISEAL; the global membership association for credible sustainability standards.
ISEAL’s mission is to strengthen sustainability standards systems for the benefit of people and the environment. ISEAL helps to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of sustainability standards by providing guidance and expertise on credible standard-etting, assurance and impacts. Membership is open to sustainability standards systems that are committed to their Credibility Principles and comply with the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice.
RTRS expressed its commitment to ISEAL in June 2010, when it joined as a subscriber. RTRS considers the next step, membership of ISEAL, to be a public demonstration that the work it does is in line with the ISEAL’s stringent codes, demonstrating transparency along all RTRS’s value chain actors.
In the last few months RTRS as been working on developing new procedures, adjusting its standards and documents and building on existing work that is in line with ISEAL’s codes.. In addition, RTRS is developing a Monitoring and Evaluation System which will provide the organisation with robust feedback on the global impact of RTRS soy certification.
RTRS plans to apply for ISEAL membership by the end of 2019, becoming an associate member in the first year followed by full membership in year two and beyond.