Bonsucro Theory of Change open for feedback

17th November 2017

After an extensive process of consultation and reflection, Bonsucro is excited to share its revised Theory of Change – a direct result of the revised strategy approved by the Board in 2015.

The file is available to download here.

At the core of the revised Theory of Change is the ultimate objective of Bonsucro as a platform for change to drive improvement in the economic, social, and environmental performance of sugarcane farmers and millers around the world. The Theory of Change defines four pathways which articulate how performance improvement will accelerate across the sector. These pathways directly frame the work the organisation is carrying out to the benefit of the sector. The pathways use four perspectives for each stakeholder group: farmers, mills, buyers (including traders, industrial buyers, and retailers), and sectors/regions (landscapes).

To ensure Bonsucro delivers on its promise and has a tangible impact on the sector, the organisation is also setting up a MEAL system (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning) to collect and communicate the evidence of effectiveness and impacts as a change platform and to learn and continuously improve our processes.

We’re now asking Bonsucro’s members and stakeholders their feedback on how we plan to deliver on the expected change and improvement across the sugarcane sector.

Feedback will be collected over 60 days. To submit comments or questions, please complete the survey below or send an email to:

Participants of Bonsucro Week 2018 in Nicaragua will also have the chance to hear more about the Theory of Change during the event.

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.