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Recognition of RTRS as “Best-in-Class Voluntary Soy Standards System”

RTRS: Recognition for Profundo Study

Recognition of RTRS as the main Voluntary Standards System (SVP) soybean production is a significant milestone for the industry. Reviewed by 60 main sustainability criteria, RTRS stood out in several aspects, solidifying its role in promoting a sustainable journey for the soy community.

The study conducted by Profundo, independent research organization, at the request of WWF Germany and the Dutch committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, revealed that RTRS excels in several key categories. In crucial areas such as deforestation, landscape, biodiversity, traceability and governance, RTRS has positioned itself as a leader.

Standing out for its holistic approach, RTRS standards establish guidelines for the restoration and compensation of protected areas. Furthermore, requires producers to share essential information about natural vegetation and biodiversity in their areas of operation.

Areas of Improvement and Commitment to Continuous Improvement

Despite the recognition, the report highlights areas that require attention. Strengthening provisions on the preservation of UNESCO World Heritage sites and the reintroduction of wild species are suggested as possible improvements to the RTRS.

One of the pillars of RTRS is the commitment to continuous improvement, evidenced by robust performance in sustainability criteria. Reports like Profundo’s not only identify areas for improvement, but also encourage knowledge sharing within the RTRS network.

Impact of SVPs on Sector Transformation

The results highlight the positive evolution of almost all patterns since 2019, demonstrating how SVPs focused on environmental and social criteria drive transformation in the soy industry and supply chains. We not only ensure legal compliance, but we also drive responsible improvements for companies, environment and society in the long term.

SVPs and the EU Deforestation Regulation

With the imminent entry into force of the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products (EUDR), the next 15 months (until 30 december 2024) are crucial for the preparation of the soybean sector. The study suggests that SVPs like RTRS have a crucial role in monitoring value chain observers, contributing to the EUDR risk assessment procedure.

The report highlights that sustainability is not just limited to deforestation. Responsible chemicals, soil and water management, Community relations and transparent governance are equally crucial in soy supply chains. In this context, the SVPs, like RTRS, not only help with regulatory compliance, but also promote holistic approaches to responsible supply chains.

Additional Recognitions and Industry Impact

In addition to the study of Profundo, other recognitions highlight RTRS’ contribution to sustainability in the soy industry. The Agricultural Sustainability Assessment (FSA) of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform awarded RTRS the seal “gold” for his notable contribution. A study funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands met RTRS as the most comprehensive standard in the fight against deforestation.

In short, recognition of RTRS as the best SVP of soy standards highlights not only its achievements, but also points out paths for continuous improvements, thus promoting a more sustainable and responsible soy industry.

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