Bonsucro Board Adopts a Revised Chain of Custody Standard

21st February 2019

We are pleased to announce the Bonsucro Board of Directors have formally ratified the revised Chain of Custody Standard (Version 5).

The formal publication of Version 5: Chain of Custody Standard will be launched during Bonsucro Global Week in Bangkok on Monday 11th March 2019. 

In the meantime, The Bonsucro Standard will be translated into Spanish and Portuguese, whilst Bonsucro’s team train the auditors and update all training materials to ensure a smooth transition.


The Chain Of Custody Standard

Bonsucro’s Chain of Custody Standard ensures the traceability of sustainability claims along the supply chain from the farm to the end user. Since its launch in 2011, 38 certificates have been issued to organisations in over 15 countries.

This improved revision of the Standard has the potential to increase the uptake of certified material through simplifying the Chain of Custody requirements and removing previous bottlenecks in the system.

This revision of the ChoC addresses;

  • An expansion of the supply chain model (to include group mass balance)
  • Overall clarity to the Chain of Custody


Timeline For Implementing Version 5: Chain of Custody Standard

  • March 2019: Publication of Version 5: Chain of Custody Standard
  • March to June 2019: Transition Period
    Operators can choose to be audited against Version 4: Chain of Custody Standard or Version 5: Chain of Custody Standard.
    N.B. This is depending upon the Certification Body having the system in place to audit against version 5.
  • June 2019: Version 5: Chain of Custody Standard Implemented
    All Chain of Custody audits will use Version 5: Chain of Custody Standard.
    N.B. If you are currently Chain of Custody certified, you will be audited against Version 5: Chain of Custody for your next scheduled audit.


The Chain of Custody Revision Working Group

Bonsucro would like to give special thanks the Chain of Custody Revision Working Group who dedicated their time and expertise into drafting various versions of the Standard, as well as reviewing all public comments. Including:

Dorothee Luisa Polzer Copersucar
Robert Quirk Sugarcane Farmer
Meredith Smith ED&F Mann
Marionne Lips CNV International
Natasha Schwarzbach PepsiCo


Accessing Draft Version 4.2: Chain of Custody Standard

All relevant documents for the Chain of Custody Revision can be found here and below (including guidance documents and public comments):

·Draft Chain of Custody Standard V5.02
·Draft Chain of Custody Standard Guidance V5.02
·Draft EU RED Chain of Custody Standard V5.02
·Draft EU RED Chain of Custody Standard Guidance V5.02


For more information contact or see the Standards Development page on the website.

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.