Pesticides Database Launched

16th November 2017

In collaboration with ISEAL & other ISEAL members, Bonsucro is pleased to support the launch of the IPM Coalition Pesticides Database, an online platform for learning what agrochemicals are banned and why.

This tool is important because it brings the PDF list of banned agrochemicals to life, now you can easily search for agro-chemicals (by active ingredient name and CAS number) and read more on why the chemical is considered highly hazardous, including risk of the chemical’s potential impact on the environment (bee toxicity) or on humans (e.g. carcinogenic substances).

The ISEAL IPM Coalition is made up of 9 organisations who aim to promote integrated pest management (IPM) and to reduce or eliminate the use of highly hazardous pesticides, Bonsucro is an active member of the group.

The Pesticides Database is a free, open platform where standards have joined together to make an easily searchable list.  Soon, the tool will also offer links to alternatives.  The Bonsucro Production Standard bans the use of hazardous chemicals (see which ones on the IPM Database) with a core indicator, requiring no use of banned agro-chemicals applied (Indicator 4.1.6).

If you have questions about the tool or requirements in the Production Standard, please contact


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.