ASI & Bonsucro launch oversight project

29th May 2019

We are pleased to announce that Bonsucro has signed a service agreement with ASI – Assurance Services International to participate in a Bonsucro-run pilot to evaluate the benefits of sharing Bonsucro’s Certification Bodies oversight activities between internal resources and an external service provider. ASI, a member of ISEAL, is a leading accreditation body working globally to support and manage the oversight programmes of various Voluntary Schemes.

Bonsucro’s credibility relies heavily on the performance of its licensed Certification Bodies (CBs), their auditors and their decisions on compliance against the Bonsucro Standards. Currently the monitoring of CBs’ performance (oversight) is done in-house by the Bonsucro Secretariat. 

As Bonsucro certifications increase in terms of numbers and geographical reach, an increasing amount of time is being spent by the Secretariat overseeing the quality and consistency of audits. At the Bonsucro Board meeting of June 2018, the Board agreed to explore options for outsourcing some of these activities to answer the challenges raised by the success of the certification programme

This year, ASI will help deliver the Head Office and Witness assessments for three licensed Certification Bodies and one applicant Certification Body. All other assessments will continue to be done in-house by the Bonsucro Secretariat. The additional costs incurred by the pilot are borne by Bonsucro. 

ASI welcomed the pilot: “We are proud to have been selected by Bonsucro for this pilot and very much looking forward to delivering these oversight activities and to bringing our experience and expertise to the project”, said Mounia Essefiani, ASI Project Coordinator.

Nicolas Viart, Bonsucro’s Standards & Innovation Director, emphasised the benefits that the collaboration could bring to Bonsucro’s work: “ASI is a well-established, credible presence in the voluntary sustainability standards world, and we are excited to see how our two organisations can work together to ensure that our oversight activities are continuously improving and of the highest quality”.

We will send regular updates to Bonsucro newsletter subscribers, and the outcome of the pilot will be presented around October 2019. The pilot will help inform Bonsucro’s long-term CB oversight strategy.

For more information, please contact Bonsucro Assurance Manager celine@bonsucro.com

Bonsucro & Renovabio: Exploring synergies and advancing GHG reduction in Brazil

Project partners: Earth innovation Institute and Agroicone
Project length: 12 months Budget: $22,347,79
Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals:

RenovaBio is a Brazilian biofuel policy designed to decrease Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2029 [compared to 2018], in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. It aims to do this by incentivising fuel distributors to blend more biofuels into their products. RenovaBio has established a certification scheme for biofuel, towards which Brazilian sugarcane mills are working, that will enable them to trade decarbonisation credits on the Brazilian stock exchange.

Bonsucro continuously seeks to grow awareness and adoption of its standard. In Brazil, this can be achieved by aligning its framework with RenovaBio to optimise costs and time for mills. In 2019, Bonsucro received a grant of US $22,000 from the Earth Innovation Institute to provide a common understanding of how RenovaBio works and how other regions might benefit from this approach.

Bonsucro addressed the topic at Bonsucro Global Week in Bangkok in March 2019, and through three stakeholder forums in Brazil. The Bonsucro team also commissioned a technical comparison study, which enabled the organisation to understand how best to align with RenovaBio’s requirements.

The study has been shared with key stakeholders in Brazil and the project is now complete. Bonsucro is working to incorporate the study’s findings and recommendations through its ongoing Production Standard Revision process.

By aligning opportunities of optimisation, joint work and integration with the Brazilian Government and reflecting it in the Bonsucro Standard, Bonsucro can help to ensure that more producers adopt sustainability standards like Bonsucro.