Bonsucro is revising its Chain of Custody Standard

24th September 2018

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.

In order to ensure that the Standard is robust, efficient and matches the needs of the industry, Bonsucro is embarking on a process that will review the Standard, aiming to issue an updated version by December 2018. Improving the Standard has the potential to increase the uptake of certified material through simplifying the chain of custody requirements and removing current bottlenecks in the system.


Bonsucro has contracted two leading independent experts who will facilitate the revision process. They will be supported by the Standard Revision Working Group (SRWG) which will be in charge of supporting the Secretariat to deliver an advanced, efficient and clear Chain of Custody Standard.

As defined by Bonsucro’s Standard Revision Procedure, the SRWG will be formed of at least one representative from each membership class, appointed by the Secretariat, to ensure a multi-stakeholder approach to the process. The SRWG will work closely with, and report to, Bonsucro’s Technical Advisory Board, which is responsible for endorsing a proposed new Chain of Custody Standard before its adoption by the Board.

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Over the next few weeks the experts will conduct interviews with key stakeholders – including members -and carry out research on other chain of custody models. Using the output of this work, they will then present the SRWG with suggested improvements, which will then issue a first draft of the revised Standard.

In accordance with ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice, there will be a public consultation period of 30 days after the publication of the first draft. However, if you would like to make suggestions on the revision at this initial stage, or join the SRWG, please email Nahuel Tuñón at

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.