The Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) has announced the launch of a new corn standard and a new version of its soya standard.

In its 15 December statement, the RTRS said the new standards were the result of comprehensive, multi-sectoral review, which was then submitted to a voting process by association members.

The new RTRS standard for responsible soya production (V.4.0) follows the main definitions of the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFI), particularly those of deforestation and conversion of natural lands and those related to the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities and workers.

It complies with the FEFAC (Federation of European Feed Producers) 2021 sourcing guidelines, making it complementary to the recommendations addressed to feed suppliers and chain partners who wish to source their soya in compliance with the European feed industry requirements for responsible soya production.

RTRS certified producers will have a transition year – from December 2021 – to start applying and adapting to the new version of the standard.

The new RTRS standard for responsible corn production adds to the association’s certification for other commodities.

“Continuous contact with producers confirmed the importance of creating synergies and opportunities to extend soyabean certification to other grains, oils and seeds, mainly corn, a crop that is commonly included in the rotation with soya,” the statement said. “Therefore, the RTRS standard for responsible corn production is an add-on to the existing soyabean standard.”

The new RTRS corn standard will be available to all producers certified under the association’s standard for soya production who want to certify their corn production.

As an add-on, the new corn standard could not be certified independently from the association’s soya standard, the RTRS said.

To certify corn, producers will only have to comply with 14 additional criteria beyond those required by the RTRS soya standard.

Founded in 2006, the RTRS is a non-profit organisation promoting the growth of production, trade and responsible soya use.