What is the Round Table on Responsible Soy Association?

Founded in 2006 in Zürich, Switzerland, the RTRS – Round Table on Responsible Soy Association – is a non-profit organisation promoting the growth of production, trade, and use of responsible soy. It works through cooperation with those in, and related to, the soy value chain, from production to consumption. It does this through:

A global platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on responsible soy.

The development, implementation and verification of a global certification standard.

Promotion of responsible soy production

Mission

RTRS’ mission is to promote the growth of production, trade and use of responsible soy through cooperation with actors in, and relevant to, the soy value chain in an open dialogue with stakeholders.

This includes producers, suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, financial institutions, civil society organisations and other relevant players.

Objectives

RTRS will facilitate a global dialogue on responsible soy:

As an international forum to discuss and develop solutions, aiming to reach consensus on the key economic, social and environmental impacts of soy among the various stakeholders.

By communicating issues regarding responsible soy production, processing, trading and use in commercial products, and consumption to a wide range of global stakeholders.

By developing and promoting definitions for responsible soy production, processing, trading and consumption.

By monitoring the status of production, processing, trading and consumption of responsible soy with criteria that address economic, social and environmental issues embodied in RTRS Standards through its Principles, Criteria, Indicators and Verification & Accreditation System.

By mobilising participants to the multi-stakeholder process.

By organising round table conferences and technical workshops.

RTRS members include the main representatives of the soy value chain and civil society from around the world.
Being a RTRS producer is a demonstration of competitiveness in the context of a global market, reputation in the agroindustry sector and a synonym for sustainability.

RTRS is a legal entity under the Swiss law, incorporated as established by the Swiss Civil Code

2004

Responsible soy Global Forum

First Discussion Forum
on Responsible Soy bean.

2004

Responsible soy Global Forum

First Discussion Forum
on Responsible Soy bean.

2006

2006

The Soy Moratorium: agreement between the civil society, the industry and the Brazilian Government to avoid agricultural expansion in the Amazon rainforest for soybean planting.

The was founded by Amaggi, Cordaid, COOP, WWF, Fetrauf-Sul and Unilever.

Zürich, Switzerland

The Soy Moratorium: agreement between the civil society, the industry and the Brazilian Government to avoid agricultural expansion in the Amazon rainforest for soybean planting.

The was founded by Amaggi, Cordaid, COOP, WWF, Fetrauf-Sul and Unilever.

Zürich, Switzerland

2009

Field testing RTRS
production principles
and criteria.

2009

Field testing RTRS production principles and criteria.

2010

2010

Approval of the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production V1.0
Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and India National Interpretation.
RTRS subscribes to ISEAL Alliance with the objective of strengthening the credibility and transparency of its management.
Approval of the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production V1.0
Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and India National Interpretation.
RTRS subscribes to ISEAL Alliance with the objective of strengthening the credibility and transparency of its management.

2011

2011

First certification in the world of soy produced in a responsible manner.
First certifications in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
Trading of the first 85,000 tons.
Approval of the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard V2.1
Approval of Module D for RTRS non GMO soy certification
First certification in the world of soy produced in a responsible manner.
First certifications in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
Trading of the first 85,000 tons.
Approval of the RTRS Chain of Custody Standard V2.1
Approval of Module D for RTRS non GMO soy certification

2012

2012

Double certification agreement between Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS) and RTRS.
Cooperation Agreement between GMP + International and RTRS
Double certification agreement between Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS) and RTRS.
Cooperation Agreement between GMP + International and RTRS

2013

2013

Agreement between the RTRS and the Certified Agriculture protocol of AAPRESID.

Agreement between the RTRS and the Certified Agriculture protocol of AAPRESID.

2014

2014

First certifications in Canada and China.
National interpretation for USA and Bolivia.
First certifications in Canada and China.
National interpretation for USA and Bolivia.

2015

2015

RTRS Production Standard is recognised by FEFAC.

First Task Force in Europe

First Task Force in Europe

RTRS Production Standard is recognised by FEFAC.

2016

2016

Approval of the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production V3.0
Zero deforestation/ zero conversion
Approval of the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production V3.0
Zero deforestation/ zero conversion

2017

2017

Approval of the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production V3.1
New indicators on the use of Paraquat and the commitment of its prohibition as of January 2021
Approval of the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production V3.1
New indicators on the use of Paraquat and the commitment of its prohibition as of January 2021

2018

2018

New RTRS supply chain and production models. RTRS non-GMO credits, RTRS non-Paraquat credits, Country Material Balance and RTRS Regional Credits.
New RTRS supply chain and production models. RTRS non-GMO credits, RTRS non-Paraquat credits, Country Material Balance and RTRS Regional Credits.
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