Monitoring & Evaluation

We are constantly working to improve the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of sugarcane farming and production of its derived products. Our M&E system reflects this.

It’s designed to:

  • monitor compliance and measure improvements of Bonsucro’s certified members in relation to the Bonsucro Production Standard,
  • help refine and continuously improve the changes that Bonsucro intends to achieve,
  • monitor organisational effectiveness, general awareness about Bonsucro, and engagement of the sector.

Our M&E Programme serves three main purposes:

  • Outcomes & Impacts Communication: To support the development of a business case, showcase results of certification, and to offer a platform for communicating on the outcomes and impacts of adoption of the Bonsucro Standards;
  • Strategies of Bonsucro’s standards: To enable Bonsucro to better understand the effectiveness of its Standards in making behaviour changes and to identify their strengths and weaknesses;
  • Organisational Learning & Adaptive Management: To enable Bonsucro to better understand the effectiveness of the organisation and strategies, and to identify issues, trends, and areas for improvement.

Bonsucro Outcome Report

Every year, Bonsucro publishes its Outcome Report to provide stakeholders with a view on key improvements achieved by the sustainable sugarcane sector, made of operators which participate in the Bonsucro platform and/or achieve Bonsucro certification. It is based on analyses carried out by the Bonsucro secretariat using different sources of data. The report seeks to assess key monitoring & evaluation indicators (see Annex 3), to provide an evaluation of the performance of the organisation in delivering its mission and reaching its vision, and to identify the measurable outcomes directly achieved by operators.

Bonsucro Outcome Report 2017/18

Bonsucro Outcome Report 2016/17

Bonsucro Outcome Report 2015/16

Bonsucro Outcome Report 2014/15

Bonsucro Outcome Report 2013/14

Bonsucro Theory of Change

This document explains Bonsucro’s new Theory of Change and the arguments and assumptions behind Bonsucro’s new strategy.

Priority Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation

Bonsucro M&E Systems Reports

The Bonsucro M&E System Report provides an overview of the monitoring and evaluation practices and tools employed by Bonsucro, and the report supports Bonsucro’s compliance with the ISEAL Impacts Code.

For further information or if you have any comments about Bonsucro’s M&E system, please contact Rafael Seixas


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.