12 July, 2021

RTRS complies with FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines 2021

RTRS can confirm it is again, as it has been since 2015, fully compliant with FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines 2021 including the Conversion-Free Soy module.

The FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines is the mechanism the European Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation develops to assist its members in providing solutions to facilitate the mainstream market transition to responsible soy production and purchasing, from the environmental, economic and social perspective.

As well as for the 2015 edition, RTRS was one of the first schemes which this year successfully passed the benchmarking exercise and proved to be compliant, again,  with the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines 2021, including the Conversion-Free Soy module.*

In line with RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production´s five principles**, the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines benchmarking criteria are clustered on six pillars: legal compliance, responsible working conditions, environmental responsibility, good agricultural practices, respect for legal use of  land and protection of community relations etc. To reach compliance, besides covering the 73 FEFAC Essential and Desired Criteria, RTRS covers verification requirements and non- conversion criteria.

The benchmarking program is managed by ITC Standards Map, which last 10 June, along with FEFAC, launched the renewed Soy Benchmarking Tool for the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines 2021, enabling online platform users to review in detail and compare sustainability schemes’ criteria.

The relevance of this achievement lies in the fact that the European feed sector represents an important industry in the journey towards responsible supply chains. In 2020, RTRS registered 30% of total uptake, as around 1.4 million tons of RTRS certified material (via RTRS Credits supporting responsible soy) were adopted directly by feed companies in different European countries.

European feed industry considers the sustainability of livestock and aquaculture production to be a key business driver. With this in mind, RTRS is thrilled to announce that RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production is complementary to the recommendations for feed operators and chain partners who wish to source their soy in compliance with the European feed industry’s requirements for responsible soy production from within and outside Europe.

*This verifies the non-conversion and focuses on 4 topics: biomes, cut-off date, chain of custody and assurance. This module analyzes how the standards guarantee and verify compliance with the requirements established for these four variables.
**Legal Compliance and Good Business Practices, Responsible Labor Conditions, Responsible Community Relations, Environmental Responsibility and Good Agricultural Practices.
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