Created in 2006 within Cert ID, a company of the Global ID Group, a certification body that provides accredited and private certification programmes to the agricultural sector, the ProTerra Standard and all related intellectual property was transferred to the Proterra Foundation in 2012. ProTerra Standard full ownership and responsibility for the ProTerra Certification Scheme now belongs the ProTerra Foundation.
The ProTerra Standard against which an organisation is certified is based on the Basel Criteria for Responsible Soy (created by Coop Switzerland and WWF). The initial ProTerra Standard and its subsequent revisions were developed through a broad, multi-stakeholder process, that engaged the following:
- Agricultural and food industry members from both supplier and consumer countries
- Trade organisations
- Government representatives
- Consumers, including grassroots advocates for environmental and social issues across Europe and South America.
Today the Standard is applicable to all sectors of the food and agricultural system worldwide and at all stages of the food chain.
With ProTerra certification everyone involved in the supply chain can communicate their non-GMO status and their commitment to sustainability to shareholders, employees and regulators and consumers. Being able to demonstrate that a product or ingredient has been sourced sustainably and is free of genetic modification is a powerful message.
Development of the ProTerra standard is a result of engagement with standard-setters who interact with a balanced and representative group of stakeholders in standards development, governance and assurance. The Proterra standard reflects the best scientific understanding and relevance to today’s fast moving food industry too.
The result is a rigorous and highly regarded standard and associated certification that allows users to demonstrate transparency throughout the supply chain and help them progress towards meeting their sustainability goals. This in turn increases product appeal and consumer loyalty as well as shareholder value.
- Improvement and progress towards sustainability objectives
- Relevance to products, processes, businesses and includes requirements that only contribute to their objectives
- Reflects best scientific understanding and relevance to international norms and conditions
- Rigour as all components of a standards system are structured to deliver quality outcomes
- Engagement as standard-setters who interact with a balanced and representative group of stakeholders in standards development, governance and assurance as well as measurement and evaluation.
Transparency about the development and content of the standard, how the system is governed, who is evaluated and under what process, impact information and the various ways in which stakeholders, including producers and customers can engage.
- Accessibility by reducing barriers to implementation, standards systems minimise costs and overly burdensome requirements through training and communication
- Increases consumer loyalty and product appeal
- Increases and protects shareholder value
- Strengthens employee commitment and enthusiasm
- Demonstrates due diligence and helps manage risk to brands
A list of businesses and organisations certified Supply Chain participants under the ProTerra Standard can be found here.