Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS)

What does RTRS stand for, and what is its primary objective in the soy industry? 

RTRS stands for the Round Table on Responsible Soy. Its primary objective in the soy industry is to promote the production and trade of soybeans and soy products in a manner that is environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and economically viable. RTRS aims to address various sustainability challenges associated with soy cultivation, including deforestation, biodiversity loss, social conflicts, and the use of agrochemicals. 

How does RTRS certification contribute to sustainable soy production, and what are the criteria for certification? 

RTRS certification plays a important role in fostering sustainable soy production by implementing stringent standards and best practices across the entire soy supply chain. By prohibiting the conversion of high conservation value (HCV) and high carbon stock (HCS) areas for soy cultivation, RTRS certification effectively mitigates deforestation and habitat destruction. Additionally, it promotes responsible land-use practices, encourages sustainable inputs, and integrates social standards to ensure the welfare of workers and respect for local communities’ rights. Transparency and traceability are also emphasized, with requirements for transparent supply chain management and traceability systems to track the origin of soy products and guarantee compliance with sustainability standards. 

What role does RTRS play in promoting responsible practices and transparency across the soy supply chain? 

RTRS plays a crucial role in promoting responsible practices and transparency across the soy supply chain through various initiatives: 

  • Standard Setting: RTRS develops and maintains sustainability standards and best practices for soy production, processing, and trading, providing a framework for industry-wide improvement. 
  • Certification Program: RTRS operates a certification program that enables soy producers, processors, and traders to demonstrate their compliance with sustainability standards and gain recognition for responsible practices. 
  • Capacity Building: RTRS provides training, technical assistance, and resources to help stakeholders implement sustainable farming practices, improve social conditions, and enhance environmental stewardship. 
  • Stakeholder Engagement: RTRS engages with a wide range of stakeholders, including producers, industry associations, NGOs, governments, and consumers, to promote dialogue, collaboration, and knowledge sharing on sustainable soy production. 
  • Market Transformation: RTRS works to create demand for sustainably produced soy by raising awareness among consumers, retailers, and investors about the benefits of certification and the importance of supporting responsible supply chains. 

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