Production Standard

What is the Bonsucro Production Standard?

The Production Standard helps farmers and mills to measure their productivity and key environmental and social impacts. On the road to certification, businesses can increase efficiency, lower energy use, and reduce waste – all the time improving on the bottom line.

There are two Standards:

  • Production Standard
    • This Standard can be used by all sugarcane mills and farms to demonstrate sustainable production, regardless of size.
  • Production Standard for Smallholder Farmers
    • Smallholder farming groups (association or supplying to a mill) may use the Smallholder Standard to demonstrate sustainable production in place of the Bonsucro Production Standard mentioned above. The farmers in the group must meet the definition of smallholder farmers (<25 hectares + additional guidance and exceptions).

7 principles guide the Production Standard

The Bonsucro Production Standard uses 7 principles to achieve sustainability in the production of sugarcane and its derived products.

They cater to the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social and economic.


Key Documents

Production Standard
Production Standard for Smallholder Farmers
  • Production Standard for Smallholder Farmers v1.0: Download
    El Estándar de Producción para Pequeños Agricultores V1.0: Descarga
  • Farm Diary & Calculator: Contact Bonsucro for these documents

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.