Reminder: Take part in the consultation on the Bonsucro Endorsement Protocol

18th October 2018

Bonsucro is currently holding a second consultation round on the Endorsement Protocol – and the deadline for providing feedback has been extended to 31 October. We’d like to hear from you!

The Endorsement component of the B&E Programme is designed to support the uptake of the Bonsucro Principles and Criteria for the sustainable production of sugarcane-based products. It creates a framework for buyers, donors, producers and other organisations to help make an informed choice when deciding whether to invest or participate in a LIP. Ultimately Endorsement aims to increase the area of land under better/improved cultivation by contributing to the success of Local Improvement Programmes (LIPs) by:

  • Informing LIPs about requirements that enhance global credibility and the needs of stakeholders that have an international scope,
  • Facilitating learning between LIPs on the global Bonsucro platform,
  • Showcasing LIPs to the relevant stakeholder community, thereby:
    • Providing both producers and financers with the confidence that LIPs contribute to achieving globally credible and locally relevant sustainability goals, thus
    • Driving the expansion of the scope and / or impact of LIPs by attracting the right partners and resources.


The previous version of the Endorsement protocol was initially published in early 2018. Committed to ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice, Bonsucro is running a final 30-day public consultation period aimed at gaining consensus around the protocol. Stakeholders are invited to comment and support the proposed changes:

  • Amended criteria for the verification of the improvement made by the participant of the LIP (phase 2 Improvement)
  • Revised transparency criteria with regards to the achievement of LIP
  • Improved governance requirements for the participating LIP
  • Newly-defined annual reporting framework that LIPs must comply with.

Process & Documents

Below is the draft version of the protocol issued for the second round of public consultation, along with the supporting Annual Reporting document.
> Endorsement Protocol – Second Consultation Round
> Endorsement Protocol – Annual Reporting

Please provide feedback directly on this document or in an email (with the relevant question number) and send to

Deadline for feedback is October 31, 2018.

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.