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Sustainable Soy (RTRS)

Schouten is a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), an international platform in which soy manufacturers, the soy trade, the processing industry, banks and social organisations work together. The aim is to develop sustainability criteria for the global soy production and to implement these in practice.

How do RTRS credits work?

A lot of soy is grown worldwide. This is either processed in animal feed or used directly in plant-based products. Because of the small volume, it is not yet possible to process sustainably grown soy separately. It is therefore mixed with conventional soy. The RTRS has credits available to contribute to the cultivation of sustainable soy. Schouten purchases soy via these credits.

Duurzame Soja (RTRS) - Sustainable Soy (RTRS)

‘Book & claim’ method

We do not physically purchase this sustainable soya. Instead this is done by credits. This is referred to as the ‘book & claim’ method. We thus contribute to sustainable soy cultivation and the RTRS programme. We also compensate for non-sustainable soy.   

1 RTRS credit = 1 tonne of soy

According to the RTRS standard, one RTRS credit is equivalent to one tonne of sustainably certified soy. These credits can be purchased through the RTRS Credit Trading Platform. Schouten purchases these RTRS credits via this platform.

After purchasing these credits, we are allowed to make public claims that we have supported responsible production.

Schouten purchases RTRS non-GMO credits

Since 2018, Schouten has been purchasing soy with RTRS non-GMO credits. Obtaining these credits has a direct impact on the agro-ecological environment and contributes to counteracting the negative aspects of soy cultivation.

By purchasing RTRS credits, Schouten shows commitment and involvement in promoting a form of soy cultivation that:

  • environmentally appropriate
  • socially adequate
  • economically feasible

Would you like to know more about the sustainable choices we make? Read here.

Source: website responsible soy (RTRS)

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