The RTRS quality certification covers over 4,832 hectares located in the west of the Province of Buenos Aires, an area that lies between the districts of General Villegas and Trenque Lauquen. This area currently corresponds to a production of 11,528 tons of certified soy (first and second crop) and counts for approximately 20% of Nidera’s soybean production. Certified areas are expected to expand during the future seasons.
The Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) is a global platform and multi-stakeholder initiative that currently has 150 members around the world, both from producing and importing countries such as Brazil, Argentina, the U.S., India, China, Singapore and several European countries. The RTRS was founded in 2006 in Switzerland, promoting the use and growth of responsible soy production through the commitment of the main stakeholders of the soy value chain. As a result of consensus between these stakeholders, a global standard for responsible soy production was developed.
“This is Nidera’s first step in the certification of soy under RTRS standards. We foresee to continue adding tons in the future seasons and to show that it is possible to produce soy in a responsible manner”, said Carlos Balbi, the responsible soybean manager at Nidera Semillas and in charge of handling the certification of these first 5000 hectares.
“We have been working for more than one year now in adapting the procedures and training all the human resources – most of them outsourced – that are involved in the production of Nidera soy in the western area of the Province of Buenos Aires. But the greatest benefit achieved was the ability to systematize all the work we conduct in each season, resulting in new efficiency production standards, apart from doing things well. Thus, today we have a responsible soy production manual”, he added.
In order to obtain such a certification standard, Nidera had to comply with 98 indicators aggregated under 5 principles: legal compliance and good business practices, responsible labour conditions, responsible community relations, environmental responsibility and good agricultural practices. Nidera has been member of the RTRS since 2009.
This achievement is a step forward in Nidera’s journey to sustainable development: A journey that the company has been traveling for many years now, and which has resulted in the publication of its Values and principles through, among others, its Social Responsibility, Human Rights and Environmental policies.
Additional initiatives illustrating Nidera’s commitment to sustainable development encompass for example the competition “What’s new in my soil?”, addressed at training agro technical school students throughout Argentina in promoting sustainable farming practices and currently in its fifth edition, or the recently launched campaign of “Responsible Farming”
For more information on our commitment to sustainability, please refer to our Corporate Responsibility Report.