Production Standard Revision Public Consultation

As a multi-stakeholder organisation, Bonsucro seeks to engage stakeholders when changes are proposed and made to our standards. Here you will find detailed information about this process and current work on standards development, as well as information on how these key documents were created.

The Bonsucro Production Standard is at the heart of everything Bonsucro does. It sets out a definition of what sustainable cane production should look like, providing a comprehensive metric tool for sustainable farming and milling. Bonsucro wants to maximise the impact the Standard has on the future of the sugarcane sector and enhance the value added for the producers who implement, use and comply with it.

The Bonsucro Standard development and revision procedure is based on the ISEAL Standard Setting Code. It requires a multi-stakeholder consultation and decision-making process to ensure clear and auditable conditions in the standard itself. The process is driven by stakeholder led Standard Revision Working Group and supported by the Technical Advisory Board and the Members Council.
Standard Development and Revision Procedure.

On 18 May, Bonsucro launched the public consultation on the proposed changes to the Production Standard. The consultation will run until 31 July. Bonsucro members and non-members and all interested stakeholders are invited to participate and submit their feedback. The more input gained, the more robust the Standard will be.

Documents

The Draft of the revised Bonsucro Production Standard is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

The summary provides an overview of the changes made under the leadership of international experts in the Standard revision working group. The document is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

The online survey (consultation questions) can be access in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

How to participate

From 18 May until 31 July, Bonsucro will seek your feedback via an online survey. Bonsucro will host a series of webinars in English, Spanish and Portuguese to inform stakeholders on the proposed changes to the Standard. The webinars are split into five phases, each of which cover different theme to allow participation according to field of expertise and interest. Recordings of each of the webinars will be made available below afterwards.

The standard consultation documents are available throughout the consultation period and the survey can be answered at any time. Bonsucro encourages to attend the dedicated webinars to have a better understanding of each area before submitting feedback.

Phase 1: Will introduce the Standard Revision and public consultation process – it will outline where the find the documents, how to provide feedback and highlight all the upcoming consultation activities.

Sign up

English, Monday 18 May 2PM BST register here.

English, Tuesday 19 May 8AM BST register here.

Español, miercoles 20 de mayo 3PM BST resgistrate aqui.

Español, miercoles 20 de mayo 6PM BST resgistrate aqui.

Português, quinta-feira, 21 de maio, 11AM BRT (Horário de Brasília) registre-se aqui.

 

Phase 2: Will inform stakeholders on the changes to the structure of the Standard and the introduction of a new management principle and what these changes aim to achieve.

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English, Tuesday 26 May 8AM BST register here.

English, Wednesday 27 May 2PM BST register here.

Español, miercoles 27 de mayo 3PM BST resgistrate aqui.

Español, miercoles 27 de mayo 6PM BST resgistrate aqui.

Português, quinta-feira, 28 de maio, 11AM BRT (Horário de Brasília) registre-se-aqui.

Phase 3: Will address the changes to social indicators, in particular indicators on living wage and the introduction on indicators on abuse/harassment.

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English, Monday 8 June 2PM BST register here.

English, Tuesday 9 June 8AM BST register here.

Español, miercoles 10 de junio 3PM BST resgistrate aqui.

Español, miercoles 10 de junio 6PM BST resgistrate aqui.

Português, segunda-feira, 15 de junho, 11AM BRT (Horário de Brasília) registre-se aqui.

 

Phase 4: Will look at health and safety indicators and focus on changes that relate to health and safety risk assessments, working hours, housing for workers and sanitation.

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English, Monday 22 June 2PM BST register here.

English, Tuesday 23 June 8AM BST register here.

Español, miercoles 24 de junio 3PM BST resgistrate aqui.

Español, miercoles 24 de junio 6PM BST resgistrate aqui.

Português, quinta-feira 25 de junho 11AM BRT (Horário de Brasília) registre-se aqui.

 

Phase 5: Will examine the agro-technical/environmental indicators and will particularly focus on changes to protecting sensitive ecosystems and new requirements around environmental management plans.

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English, Monday 13 July 2PM BST register here.

English, Tuesday 14 July 8AM BST register here.

Español, miercoles 15 de julio 3PM BST resgistrate aqui.

Español, miercoles 15 de julio 6PM BST resgistrate aqui.

Português, quinta-feira, 16 de julho, 11AM BRT (Horário de Brasília) registre-se aqui.

The public consultation on the revised Production Standard is a critical step in the development of the organisation for the positive impact it would bring to the sugarcane sector and its stakeholders. Bonsucro and the working group thank you in advance for your support and participation.

If you have any questions about the Standard revision or the public consultation, please contact Nahuel Tuñón, Standards Manager.

To participate, follow this link. The survey is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

At the end of the consultation, Bonsucro will collate all comments. An anonymised summary of the comments will be made available on Bonsucro website. Bonsucro will also provide answers to the comments.

The comments will be shared with the Standard Revision working group who will analyse them to produce the second draft of the revised Production Standard.

Webinars held during the public consultation

Phase 1

Phase 2

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.