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RTRS 2020 HIGHLIGHTS Main outcomes of the year Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS)

Truly multisectoral As a global platform, RTRS facilitated the connection of all stakeholders in the soy value chain.

Field trip in Sorriso Mato Grosso, Brazil From February 9 to 11, RTRS together with CAT Sorriso organized a field trip in Sorriso, Mato Grosso. The gathering included the participation of about 30 representatives from organizations in the soybean value chain from 9 countries and other regions of Brazil. The field trip was an ideal occasion to get to know RTRS certified farms and, at the same time, an opportunity for networking and interaction among participants. Moreover, it provided participants a chance to: • Be

present at soy harvesting and corn planting in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil´s largest grain producer. • Witness

the positive environmental and social impact generated by the production of sustainable soy in the region. • Get

to know the relationship between local communities and RTRS certified producers. • Learn

about the agricultural potential of the region and the joint work of producers together with local governments to promote sustainable farming activities. RTRS 2020 HIGHLIGHTS

RTRS 2020 Webinar Series RTRS presented a new proposal for meetings to strengthen our multisectoral dialogue platform. The initiative involved the participation of colleagues from all over the value chain.







September 3

September 30

Innovations in Sustainable Finance

RTRS New Conversion Factor System and Soy Footprint Calculator

The value of certification: Joining forces between Supply and Demand

Panel: Marina Born RTRS

Panel: Marcelo Visconti RTRS

Panel: Morgan Gillespy CDP Worldwide

Maarten Biermans and Lianne Van Leijsen Rabobank

Jane Siqueira Lino Proforest

Justin Adams Tropical Forest Alliance World Economic Forum

Cassio Franco Moreira and Jessica Camilli Bluestein International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Roberto Feeney CEAg - Agribusiness and Food Center Universidad Austral Will Schreiber 3Keel

Justine Leigh-Bell Climate Bonds Initiative



July 22

Luiz Iaquinta Fazendas Bartira Renata Nogueira Cargill Jonathan Gorman Efeca

Webinar facilitator: James Allen - Olab




New members

11 members

Industry, Trade and Finance

joined RTRS in 2020

These include the first Japanese member: Fuji Oil Holdings Inc. The organizations that joined RTRS in 2020 perceive the Association as a transparent and reliable platform that allows them, through synergic work, to develop their strategies in order to achieve their sustainability goals. Observer Members


Collaboration with stakeholders RTRS was invited to participate in different meetings to present the global, holistic and multisectoral certification system. Face-to-face seminar in Japan Together with RTRS, the Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain (ASSC) held a seminar in Tokyo to introduce the Association and to provide support to organizations in the process of adaptation and compliance with the Sustainable Sourcing Code for Agricultural Products of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee (The Games have been postponed to 2021).

Webinar together with DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences The Association held a webinar with the participation of more than 50 DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences employees from around the world interested in reinforcing the added value of RTRS certification.

Webinar "Corporate Actions for Zero Deforestation in Soybean Production� RTRS made a presentation at the event organized by CDP Worldwide. The objective of the event was to discuss how to acquire sustainable soy and the actions that companies can take to promote zero deforestation in soy production.

Presentation at the Retail Soy Group (RSG) RTRS was called to present an update of the Association performance and new functionalities of the Trading Platform to the

Retail Soy Group (RSG).


Cooperation with multilateral organizations In recognition of its global role as a multisectoral soybean platform, the Association was invited to participate in various initiatives led by multilateral organizations. United Nations working group to promote gender equality As a signatory of the United Nations Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development, RTRS participates in the UNECE Working Group on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies. The Association is part of the Working Group on Knowledge Sharing & Training of Gender Responsive Standards Initiative (GRSI), which is intended to support the development of capacities for integrating gender considerations into the certification standards.

Commitment with United Nations Global Compact As a member of the United Nations Global Compact, RTRS presented the Communication on Engagement (COE) where its describes the main actions carried out during 2018-2019 and renews its commitment to the ten principles of the Global Compact grouped in four areas: human rights, labor rights, environment and corruption.


Participation in conversations and meetings organized by government agencies European Commission Platform RTRS joins the European Commission Platform for Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on

Deforestation and Forest Degradation.

The Platform was set up by the European Commission to provide a forum where stakeholders can exchange information and experiences, build alliances, push for and share commitments to significantly reduce deforestation. The first virtual meeting was held on October 2.

Due Diligence on Forest Risk Commodities - UK Government RTRS participated in the Seminar “Due Diligence in Latin America” and the public consultation “Due Diligence on Forest Risk Commodities”, organized by the UK Government Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for International Development. The purpose of the initiatives is to collect information for global action against deforestation and to improve the sustainability of forest risk commodities.


Innovation and credibility

RTRS launched a Soy Footprint Calculator to enable players in the soybean sector, organizations and consumers in general to calculate how much soy is embedded in soy products*, animal feed and food products. To perform the calculations, RTRS developed the Conversion Factor System, as a result of a rigorous technical and research work that included understanding and analyzing each stage of the soy production process and its outcome. The research work was developed, at different stages, by the CEAg - Agribusiness and Food Center of the Austral University (Argentina) and 3Keel (United Kingdom), professional and reliable advisors in the matter.

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Start to live your experience; find out your soy footprint. * By-products and products resulting form the primary and secondary processing of soy.


New website A new meeting point for players in the responsible soy value chain.

Find more information on the new RTRS site in this video:

RTRS launched a new fully updated website designed to improve user experience. It is a new information tool developed to leverage the implementation of the sustainable agricultural agenda. The new website is suitable for any mobile devices and offers real-time RTRS market information for strategic decision making. It provides an effective browsing experience that allows users to access RTRS certification tools and standards and easily identify the players involved in the multisectoral soy platform.

Join this new meeting point, visit responsiblesoy.org


RTRS becomes an ISEAL Community Member ISEAL is the global membership association for credible sustainability standards. RTRS is the first certification system in the soy sector to comply with ISEAL eligibility criteria and to become a Community Member. As an ISEAL Community Member, RTRS will work to continually improve its certification system by taking part in ISEAL’s learning, collaboration, and innovation activities. This means that at RTRS: • We work with affected stakeholders in a truly multistakeholder, open, consensus-based process to develop and revise our production standard. • We make our audit reports and certified producer lists public and available so that stakeholders can have a more precise conversation about what is happening on the ground. • We are committed to independent and rigorous verification and certification to assure that positive changes made by soy producers and facilities are proven. • We measure our impact, and use our learnings to introduce improvements. Our Theory of Change and our Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) system are reflections of this commitment.


The impact of certification

RTRS Sustainable production


producers certified under RTRS Production Standard. 97% are Indian producers.


Based on partial results reported for 2020 at the time this document was published, RTRS-certified producers accounted for about 4,4 million tons of certified soy production in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) and Asia (China and India). Brazil is the largest RTRS producer with 3,5 million certified tons.

certified hectares worldwide.


New RTRS certified material adopters in 2020


new adopters of RTRS certified material.


500k tons of certified material.


RTRS Uptake performance



tons of certified material (credits and mass balance) were acquired. This means an uptake growth rate of


Top ten of RTRS´ adopters




240k (credits)


(209k credits + 3k mass balance)





(mass balance)



vs. 2019.

From these 4,750:


tons were RTRS physical flow. This means an uptake growth rate of 14% vs. 2019. From this total uptake of physical flow, 506k tons were allocated to the biofuel market representing a growth of 20% vs. 2019.


tons of RTRS credits for the aquaculture industry. This means a 339% growth rate vs. 2019.





124k (credits)


2020 Certification record for RTRS Chain of Custody


new Chain of Custody certified sites in 2020 +121% vs. 2019. 68 storage plants, 21 processing facilities, 19 ports, 1 transshipment facility and 6 trading offices.


Segregation certifications under the non-GMO scope +50% vs. 2019.



The commitment to sustainable soy shown by processing and trading companies that choose RTRS certification as a practical and reliable tool to fulfill their sustainability goal increased significantly in 2020. This is a milestone in the supply of RTRS physical material showing that achievements of scale are possible through the joint effort of all players across the soy value chain.

The RTRS Chain of Custody system is consolidated, and is not an isolated event, but the result of a sustained process that has been in place for a decade. All the organizations that adopted the RTRS credit system since the first certification in 2011 helped to consolidate the growth of production, trade and use of RTRS responsible soy. This approach enabled the sustainable development of several regions of the world, creating the conditions for the Chain of Custody Certification system to expand and consolidate the structure to receive, process and trade RTRS physical soybean (Country Material Balance, Mass Balance and Segregation).

Argentina, Brazil, Germany, France, India, The Netherlands, Paraguay and Uruguay. RTRS 2020 HIGHLIGHTS

RTRS Production Standard revision The Association began the process of reviewing the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production and its 106 indicators, as part of its commitment to continuous improvement and in compliance with ISEAL's Codes of Good Practice, which promote the development of effective, transparent and multisectoral sustainability standards. In June 2020, RTRS opened a Public Consultation for 60 days on its Standard for Responsible Soy Production. During this period, 79 comments and remarks were collected and then reviewed and discussed by the Working Group (WG) created for this purpose. In line with the Association’s multi-stakeholder approach, all three RTRS constituencies were equitably represented in the Working Group: Producers; Industry, Trade and Finance and Civil Society Organizations, with the possibility for experts and certification bodies to participate as observers, thus ensuring full representativeness of the sector. In order to analyze the comments received in the public consultation, the WG participated in six video conferences between September and December 2020. Finally, RTRS developed the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production V.4.0 Draft, which includes the conclusions and recommendations for sustainable production discussed by the WG. In 2021, this draft version will be published in a new public consultation. RTRS 2020 HIGHLIGHTS

2020 has been a year of challenges for many. It has also been a year of positive progress, valuable results and further opportunities ahead. Make 2021 the year to join us. Make it the year to choose responsible soy.




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