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 three 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).
    • This is a voluntary add on to the Bonsucro Production Standard and Standard for Smallholder Farmers that defines how, under certain conditions, sugar cane millers and their supplying area as well as supply chain operators are able to comply with the requirements in the EU Directive 2018/2001/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. Find out more.

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