On September 6, 2011, the Dutch feed sector announced it will only source soybeans certified as produced accordingly the requirements set by the Round Table of Responsible Soy (RTRS) beginning at January 1, 2015. Considering anti-trust regulations and with the development of alternative soy sustainability programs the Dutch sector extended their requirement to programs which are equivalent to RTRS. 

In a press release of October 1, 2014, the Dutch Feed Industry Association (NEVEDI) stated that their goal of sourcing exclusively sustainable soy will probably be reached. NEVEDI approved a two-track sourcing policy. The first track will only supply livestock, poultry and dairy production destined for the domestic market and only RTRS certified soy is eligible for this purpose. This market is estimated at 600,000 MT. The second track will supply the sector’s production share destined for export. This market is estimated at 1,200,000 MT and must be certified by alternative sustainability programs, which are accepted by the NEVEDI, such as the Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) and Proterra. 

The Netherlands is the world’s second largest importer of soybeans and soy derivatives, and according the NEVEDI the main market for certified sustainable soy. The sourcing of sustainable soy is also discussed in other Northwestern European countries. To support a further transition to the use of sustainable soy, and for the purpose of harmonization, the European Feed Manufacturer’s Association (FEFAC) will develop a standard system. During the coming months, this system will be discussed with all relevant stakeholders, and will consist of: 

-A set of requirements defining the minimum level of compliance 

-A region based risk assessment applying HACCP which will determine in which production regions risks related to unsustainable production are present 

-A reference which will be based on the RTRS program and equivalent programs 

-A benchmark system which will be facilitated by the International Trade Center (subsidiary of WTO and UNCTAD)