How to buy RTRS-certified material

RTRS certified material can be traded as:

Credits

Soy production is audited and verified at the farm level by internationally accredited certification bodies, in compliance with economic, social and environmental criteria.
Ensures sustainability

Physical flow

Each step of the supply chain, starting at the production level, has been audited and verified by internationally accredited certification bodies.
Ensures traceability

Why acquiring RTRS-certified material?

  • Zero deforestation / zero conversion
    RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production ensures zero deforestation and zero conversion soy production.
  • Responsible labor conditions and community relations
    RTRS-certified soy meets high social and labor well-being requirements.
  • Real and tangible impact
    Benefits are seen in the production process, in the environment and in people's quality of life.
  • Sustainable sourcing
    Production of RTRS-certified soy grows steadily every year.
  • Diversification and transparency
    There is a wide range of certification standards for the different requirements in each individual company.

RTRS Credits

Once certified against the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production, the producer is granted credits equivalent to the volume of certified soy production (1 ton of RTRS-certified soy is equivalent to 1 credit).
Organizations willing to support responsible soy production and supply and to balance the impact of soy used in their products can buy RTRS credits.

In order to 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 Labor Conditions
•Responsible Community Relations
•Environmental Responsibility
• Good Agricultural Practices

1 ton of RTRS-certified soy is equivalent to 1 RTRS credit

Organizations wishing to buy RTRS credits can do so in a specific region or country.

This is a tool that makes it easier for the soy market to know from where they are buying RTRS credits, thus allowing greater transparency along the soy chain.
Why Regional credits?
  • Contribute to farmers and promote good agricultural practices, conservation of forests and other natural lands in soy-producing countries.
  • Connect farmers and purchasing organizations, thus contributing, where necessary, to the transition from RTRS credits to RTRS-certified physical material.
  • Foster the growth of communities involved in the certification process in that specific region or country.
  • To accompany a possible transition from regional credits to the acquisition of physical soy, on a regional scale.

RTRS credits global map / RTRS-certified producers

Conozca a los Productores Certificados RTRS

Producers certified against the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production, who have complied with the requirements for non-GMO soy production at farm-level, are granted credits equivalent to the volume of certified non-GMO soy production.

This model enables the market to support the responsible production of non-GMO soy through the purchase of RTRS non-GMO credits without obtaining any physical non-GMO soy.

1 ton of non-GMO soy = 1 RTRS non-GMO credit

In countries where Paraquat is currently allowed by country legislation in agricultural production, all producers are required to implement a program of progressive reduction over time until the phase-out deadline is reached.

The market can purchase RTRS non-Paraquat credits during the RTRS phase-out period, which ends on 1st January 2021.

1 ton of non-Paraquat soy = 1 RTRS non-Paraquat credit

RTRS-certified physical material

Buying RTRS-certified physical material requires the entire supply chain to be certified by the RTRS Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard, to ensure that the soy originates from certified sources.

The CoC Standard describes the requirements for the different traceability systems an organization can implement to keep control of RTRS-certified material inventories, either soybeans or soy byproducts. It can be applied across the entire supply chain and it is mandatory for organizations wishing to receive, process and trade RTRS soy.

RTRS offers three supply chain models to ensure the traceability of RTRS-certified soy.

In Country Material Balance and Site Mass Balance systems, RTRS-certified soy is mixed with non-RTRS-certified soy across the supply chain. In the case of Segregation, RTRS-certified soy is kept physically separate from non-RTRS-certified soy.

RTRS-certified operators can aggregate the mass balance accounting systems of several physical sites as a single mass balance accounting system at the national level.

Site A and Site B use a common accounting system through which the total volumes of RTRS certified soy or derived products entering their unit delivered by either site corresponds to the total volumes of RTRS certified soy or derived products entering both units (100 t + 50 t = 150 t in the example above). Either site may deliver up to the total volume of RTRS certified soy or derived products available, e.g. if Site A delivers 150 t of RTRS certified soy or derived products, Site B cannot deliver any; if Site A 110 t, Site B can deliver 40 t, etc.

Each transaction leading to the physical transfer of soy or soy-derived products from one economic operator to the next shall be registered on the Trading Platform until it reaches the final end user.

Operators maintain separate accounting systems, through which they ensure that the delivered volumes of RTRS-certified soy or derived products correspond to the volumes of RTRS-certified soy or derived products entering their unit.

Soy from one or more RTRS-certified facilities/sites may be mixed with sources of non-certified soy, provided the mixing process is monitored by the company’s management (controlled mixing).

Site A and Site B maintain separate accounting systems, through which they ensure that the delivered volumes of RTRS-certified soy or derived products correspond to the volumes of RTRS certified soy or derived products entering their unit (100 t and 50 t respectively, in the example above).

Each transaction leading to the physical transfer of soy or soy-derived products from one economic operator to the next shall be registered on the Trading Platform until it reaches the final end user. 

100% RTRS Soy from one or more RTRS-certified facilities is kept physically separate from other sources of non-RTRS-certified soy.

Scope for RTRS-certified physical material

RTRS offers certification for non-GMO physical soy applicable to producers and to the entire supply chain since 2011.
The organization shall conduct semi-quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to validate the GMO identity of soy materials they receive and where the organization is growing soy, of the soybeans they supply. Any laboratory conducting semi-quantitative tests for the presence of GMO DNA on their behalf must be competent to do so. Laboratories undertaking PCR tests must be accredited for PCR testing by a recognized Accreditation Body.

The Trading Platform keeps record of each transaction resulting in the physical transfer of soy or soy-derived products from one economic agent to the next, until it gets to the end user.

The European Commission´s Renewable Energy Directive (EU-RED) sets out criteria for the import into the European Union of raw material (as soy) for biofuel production. The established criteria address specific requirements on land use change, greenhouse gas (GHG) calculations and traceability, to determine if these raw materials are sustainable.

Annexes include the EU RED Directive requirements, which ensure that producers meet the requirements for supplying soy as raw material for biofuels to European Union member states.

What is the Trading Platform?

The platform for traceability and recording of RTRS certified material transactions (the “Trading Platform”) is an online global tool that connects stakeholders in the sustainable soy value chain.

• Trading of RTRS credits is recorded separately from the physical flow.
• In the case of RTRS Physical flow (Country Material Balance, Mass Balance or Segregation), it provides physical traceability records.

How does the Trading Platform work?
Who can become a Trading Platform user?
RTRS Members

Every RTRS Member is entitled to an account in the Trading Platform and does not have to pay any additional fees.

Learn about the benefits
of RTRS Membership

Non-RTRS Members

Organizations wishing to make trading transactions and claims about credit purchases in Trading Platform must pay an annual fee* to be issued a username.

*Annual Fees:
A – Organizations that buy less than 1,500 MT per year: 100 €
B – Organizations that buy more than 1,500 MT per year: 500 €

If you need more information about the platform, please email us to [email protected]

How to acquire RTRS-certified material

Learn about the trade options available in the Trading Platform.

Credit trading options

In every case , both players must have an account in the Trading Platform, and an active user name and password.

The options available in the Trading Platform are:

Direct Trade

1. The organization interested in buying credits contacts producers and they agree on a volume and price

2. The credit holder makes an offer directly to the buyer organization in the Trading Platform

3. The organization receives an email to confirm the operation and accepts the transaction in the Trading Platform.

4. The credits are transferred to the credit buyer’s account.

Invoicing and payment between buyer and seller take place outside the platform.

Blind trade (anonymous)

A. BID (initiated by credit buyers)

1. The credit buyer places a bid for credits (volume and price).
2. An alert is issued to RTRS Credit holders
3. The first credit holder to accept the bid gets the transaction

B. OFFER (Initiated by credit holders)

1. The credit owner places an offer for credits (volume and price).
2. An alert is issued to the buyers.
3. The first buyer to accept the transaction gets the credits in his account.

RTRS Secretariat will facilitate contact between the parties to complete the transaction.

RTRS-certified physical material Direct Trade

Organizations offering or acquiring RTRS-certified physical material (Mass Balance or Segregation) can offer it directly, prior agreement on volume and price between the parties.

Organizations trading RTRS-certified soy through physical flow must register every trade in the Trading Platform thus assuring physical flow traceability.

Facilities certified under the Chain of Custody Standard must have an account in the Trading Platform. The seller organization will transfer the volume to the facility where the certified soy will be physically allocated.

RTRS Claims

Make claims to showcase your commitment and support to responsible soy production.

Use the RTRS logo to communicate:
· Purchase of RTRS credits
· Purchase of RTRS physical material
· RTRS Membership

Organizations wishing to continue making claims about their support of responsible soy production must make the claim annually in the Trading Platform.

Before making claims, please read the document 

RTRS Use of the Logo and Claims Policy

For credit buyers:

For buyers of RTRS certified physical material:

Calculate your soy footprint

With the RTRS Soy Footprint Calculator* organizations can calculate the footprint of their soy by-products themselves and compensate the impact of their soy use by acquiring an equivalent amount of RTRS material.

This tool is currently being reviewed and updated, and will be replaced by a new version. We will keep you posted.

*The RTRS Soy Footprint Calculator was developed by the Soy Coalition and RTRS, with collaboration from Wageneningen University.

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