Friday, September 8, 2017

08/09/2017: Round Table on Sustainable Soy appoints new president

Organisation will focus on creating “a wider arena where discussions and decisions have a positive in impact on all soy chain stakeholders” 

Marina B. de Engels has been appointed as the new president of the Round Tableon Responsible Soy Association.  
Marina B. de Engels
Image credit: RTSS

A key element of her brief is to make RTRS a more inclusive organisation. Mrs. Engels is the Managing Director of Caldenes Agropecuaria S.A., a pioneering figure in the Argentinian agri-livestock
industry for over 65 years – a market leader in Hereford breeding and certified agriculture. 

Her aim has been to help drive her family businesses to work from the economic, environmental and social perspective to develop quality products, in line with market demands. She succeeds Olaf Brugman, Head of Sustainable Capital Markets in Rabobank, for the 2017-2019 period. Mr. Brugman has been RTRS president between 2015 and 2017. 

Marina B. de Engels, President of RTRS says, "The greatest challenge in our industry is the growth of the global population and the need to produce more and better food.” 

"Producers, local and multinational companies, NGOs, governments and all industry stakeholders involved in responsible soy management are all determined to work together towards more sustainable food products. We have a shared goal so our actions must make this happen. Our industry cannot afford to simply talk about making change. We must lead and effect change.” 

Marcelo Visconti, Executive Director of RTRS, says, "We are very excited about the contribution that Marina will make in facing our challenges and harnessing the opportunities that we have before us as an organisation.”

“Our purpose is clear: we will strengthen RTRS’s position as an inclusive organisation and as a trusted benchmark in the sustainability market. The growth of RTRS-certified soy production is a reality. We also need to encourage a robust and rapid growth in the demand, particularly in Europe". 

RTRS’s latest enhancement of its Soy Production Standard (version 3.0) has created the world’s first Zero Deforestation multi-stakeholder certification standard. It is the only multi-stakeholder certification scheme that guarantees zero deforestation in responsible soy production.
Established in 2006, RTRS is the internationally recognised organisation promoting responsible production, processing and trading of soy. This continuous improvement approach has led to the development of principals and criteria that now makes RTRS soy Zero Deforestation certified.

Visit the RTRS website, HERE.

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