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Agricultural Commodity Roundtables

InitiativeInitiatedSustainability Goals
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) 2005 BCI’s mission is to “transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.” The scheme has 327 members from twenty-six countries. In 2013, BCI produced 623,000 tons of certified cotton (2 percent of global production). The goal for 2020 is to reach 8.2 million metric tons (MMT) (about 30 percent of global production) by 2020. 
Better Sugarcane Initiative (Bonsucro) 2005 Bonsucro “promote[s] measurable improvements in key economic, environmental and social impacts of sugarcane production and processing.” The organization has nearly 200 members from twenty-seven countries. In 2013, Bonsucro produced 2.96 MMT of certified sugar (2 percent of global production). The goal for 2017 is to reach a market penetration of 20 percent. 
Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) 2004 The RTRS aims to ensure that “current and future soybean is produced in a [socially and environmentally] responsible manner.” The initiative has more than 170 members form twenty-four countries. In 2013, the RTRS produced 1.16 MMT of certified soybeans (1 percent of global exports). The WWF has set a target of reaching 25 percent of global production by 2020. 
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) 2006 The RSB’s mission is to “provide and promote the global standard for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable production and conversion of biomass.” The scheme has 107 members from more than twenty countries. The RSB has issued certificates to sixteen producers. Its long-term goal is a “significant and broad uptake and adoption of the sustainability practices described in the RSB standard.” 
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) 2002 The RSPO’s goal and long-term objective is to “transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm.” The scheme has more than 1,000 full members from over fifty countries. Today, about 15 percent of global palm oil production is certified under the scheme. 
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) 2010 The GRSB “envision[s] a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable.” The scheme is still in the formation phase and has not yet published its sustainability standard. 
InitiativeInitiatedSustainability Goals
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) 2005 BCI’s mission is to “transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.” The scheme has 327 members from twenty-six countries. In 2013, BCI produced 623,000 tons of certified cotton (2 percent of global production). The goal for 2020 is to reach 8.2 million metric tons (MMT) (about 30 percent of global production) by 2020. 
Better Sugarcane Initiative (Bonsucro) 2005 Bonsucro “promote[s] measurable improvements in key economic, environmental and social impacts of sugarcane production and processing.” The organization has nearly 200 members from twenty-seven countries. In 2013, Bonsucro produced 2.96 MMT of certified sugar (2 percent of global production). The goal for 2017 is to reach a market penetration of 20 percent. 
Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) 2004 The RTRS aims to ensure that “current and future soybean is produced in a [socially and environmentally] responsible manner.” The initiative has more than 170 members form twenty-four countries. In 2013, the RTRS produced 1.16 MMT of certified soybeans (1 percent of global exports). The WWF has set a target of reaching 25 percent of global production by 2020. 
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) 2006 The RSB’s mission is to “provide and promote the global standard for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable production and conversion of biomass.” The scheme has 107 members from more than twenty countries. The RSB has issued certificates to sixteen producers. Its long-term goal is a “significant and broad uptake and adoption of the sustainability practices described in the RSB standard.” 
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) 2002 The RSPO’s goal and long-term objective is to “transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm.” The scheme has more than 1,000 full members from over fifty countries. Today, about 15 percent of global palm oil production is certified under the scheme. 
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) 2010 The GRSB “envision[s] a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable.” The scheme is still in the formation phase and has not yet published its sustainability standard. 

Source: Websites of roundtable initiatives.

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