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|
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):