RTRS Standard


RTRS Standard

The Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) is a global multi-stakeholder organization created in 2006 in Switzerland with more than 160 international members of the soy value chain.

The objectives are to promote the growth on production, trade, and use of responsible soy through co-operation with actors in and relevant to the soy value chain from production to consumption, including producers, suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, financial institutions, civil society organizations and other relevant actors, through:

  • A global platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on responsible soy.
  • The development, implementation and verification of a global certification standard.


The RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production is the result of a multi-stakeholder development process, which involved representatives from the three RTRS membership constituencies (Producers; Industry Trade and Finance and Civil Society), and included several public consultation periods.

It is applicable on a worldwide level that assures soy is produced in environmentally-correct, socially-appropriate and economically-viable process, zero deforestation and zero conversion.

The five principles of the RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production are:

Principle 1: Legal Compliance and Good Business Practices

Principle 2: Responsible Labour Conditions

Principle 3: Responsible Community Relations

Principle 4: Environmental Responsibility

Principle 5: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

For all details of the RTRS organisation and its standard, please check the RTRS website.

Documents download:

The RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production v3.1 can be found here.

The RTRS Chain of Custody Standard for physical material can be found here.

The RTRS Accreditation and Certification requirements for responsible soy production v4.1 can be found here.

Note: Although we regularly monitor changes to RTRS documents, we kindly recommend you to always check the RTRS website.

Independent assessments


RTRS is a credible tool that ensures process transparency: a rigorous and robust verification and certification system. Audits are conducted by independent Certification Bodies, which are in turn accredited and audited by recognized Accreditation Bodies.


All accredited Certification Bodies for RTRS can be found here.