Bonsucro Benchmarking formally launched

24th May 2017

New instrument provides opportunities for recognition & learning

Bonsucro, the global sugarcane platform, proudly presents its Benchmarking Protocol today. The protocol is the cornerstone of Bonsucro’s Benchmarking & Endorsement Programme. This programme fosters collaboration between the growing number of schemes, tools and standards that improve and validate the performance of sugarcane farmers and mills. It also aims to create transparency for producers, buyers, investors so they can make informed choices about the schemes and tools that work best for them.

The Protocol clearly establishes the level of alignment between any scheme, standard or tool and the Bonsucro Production Standard – the global reference for the production of sugarcane products. Benchmarking is possible for schemes that take a holistic approach, but also for those that have a specialised focus – such as labour practices or water use.

“Benchmarking is an important new instrument for us”, says Sven Sielhorst, Director of Global Programmes at Bonsucro. “It enables us to recognise other schemes, standards and tools that guide and validate producer performance and it allows us to create a platform where we can learn from each other and grow our impact together.”


Benchmarked schemes provide the basis for another innovation that Bonsucro is working on, which is endorsement of local improvement programmes. This looks at how the Bonsucro Standard or a benchmarked scheme is used on the ground to drive real performance improvement at farm and mill levels. Bonsucro expects to launch this instrument later this summer.

The launch of the Bonsucro Benchmarking Protocol signifies the culmination of a thorough design process. This involved online and offline consultations, several pilots and deep involvement of many of Bonsucro’s members and partners. “We would like to extend our sincere appreciation for all the feedback and support that we received over the course of this process”, says Sven Sielhorst.

Want to know more?

More details about benchmarking, including the Benchmark Protocol, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and an overview of the benchmarked schemes can be found on the Bonsucro website via the Benchmarking & Endorsement page.

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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.