Code of Conduct

Bonsucro’s Code of Conduct is the foundation of members’ agreement with Bonsucro to be part of the platform. It is a key mechanism by which Bonsucro drives its vision of a sugarcane sector with thriving, sustainable producer communities and resilient, assured supply chains.

All members of Bonsucro commit to working towards Bonsucro’s vision and complying with the Code of Conduct. The Code applies to all membership classes.

The first version of Bonsucro’s Code of Conduct was published in 2011. Since then, Bonsucro has been through a major strategy shift and the way we engage with members has significantly changed. In addition, the role of international sustainability standards, like Bonsucro, has evolved particularly in relation to human rights. As such, the Code has been redrafted to more clearly articulate members’ roles and responsibilities as members of Bonsucro. The changes support:

  • Bonsucro’s risk management and due diligence processes, including human rights due diligence
  • Members’ sugarcane processing, production and sourcing activities alignment with Bonsucro’s vision and mission and best practice in this space.

Bonsucro supports convergence with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and draws on the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains. These standards are globally authoritative frameworks for managing social and environmental risks in business activities and supply chains.

Revisions to the Code of Conduct were made following extensive consultations with members since November 2018. The new code takes effect from 1 April 2020. All new members will have to undergo additional due diligence steps at the time of their application, by completing the Code of Conduct self-assessment form.

Current members will need to complete a Code of Conduct self-assessment form but not until spring 2021. The deadline for submitting this form is 31 March 2021. The team will be in touch with all current members in due course.


Code of Conduct

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Code of Conduct implementation guide

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Code of Conduct reporting guidelines

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Competition and Anti-trust policy

Draft reporting framework

Membership application procedure

Code of Conduct introduction to members webinar recording

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Code of Conduct introduction to members presentations

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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.