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RTRS complies with the newest Fefac Soy Sourcing Guidelines.

RTRS again is fully compliant with Fefac Soy Sourcing Guidelines. Fefac renewed the guidelines earlier this year. RTRS complies with the newest guidelines including the Conversion-Free Soy module.

Market

The Fefac Soy Sourcing Guidelines are developed by the European Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation. The guidelines assist its members in providing solutions to facilitate the mainstream market transition to responsible soy production and purchasing.

Benchmark

RTRS was one of the first schemes which successfully passed the benchmarking exercise and proved to be compliant. The Fefac Soy Sourcing Guidelines benchmarking criteria are clustered on six pillars: legal compliance, responsible working conditions, environmental responsibility, good agricultural practices, respect for legal use of  land and protection of community relations. To reach compliance, besides covering the 73 Fefac Essential and Desired Criteria, RTRS covers verification requirements and non- conversion criteria.

Relevance

The relevance of the passing of the benchmark lies in the fact that the European feed sector represents an important industry in the journey towards responsible supply chains. In 2020, RTRS registered 30 percent of total uptake, as around 1.4 million tons of RTRS certified material (via RTRS Credits supporting responsible soy) were adopted directly by feed companies in different European countries.

Driver

European feed industry considers the sustainability of livestock and aquaculture production to be a key business driver. With this in mind, RTRS is thrilled to announce that RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production is complementary to the recommendations for feed operators and chain partners who wish to source their soy in compliance with the European feed industry’s requirements for responsible soy production from within and outside Europe.

Also read: WWF: ‘Focus on deforestation free raw materials’

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