Bonsucro is a global non-profit, multi-stakeholder organisation fostering the sustainability of the sugarcane sector through its leading metric-based certification scheme and its support for continuous improvement for members.

With an ever-increasing membership list counting over 400 members from 32 countries representing all areas of the supply chain, and a Board of Directors that is similarly representative of the variety of industry actors, Bonsucro is a highly robust, transparent and democratic organisation that has the resources and commitment to bring about its vision:

A sugarcane sector that is continuously improving and verified as sustainable.

Bonsucro Theory of Change

Bonsucro’s Theory of Change


Bonsucro’s vision is a sugarcane sector that is continuously improving and verified as sustainable. To achieve its vision, Bonsucro carries a set of activities (based on its Strategic Plan). The outcomes of activities are monitored by internal Key Performance Indicators. Bonsucro’s activities contribute to adoption of the Bonsucro Standards, which are the main tool to achieving its short to medium term objectives. The short to medium term changes are the main drivers for evolving towards Bonsucro’s long term objectives and contributing to transforming the sugarcane sector.

Bonsucro recognises that economic, environmental, and social sustainability are moving targets, and its Theory of Change reflects the current set of activities undertaken by Bonsucro to promote its vision. The Theory of Change diagram illustrates Bonsucro’s mission to foster the sustainability of the sugarcane sector through a metric-based certification scheme and by supporting continuous improvement for members.

Bonsucro’s Theory of Change is composed of three mutually reinforcing areas of operation (Engagement, Standards, and Organisation), which are fundamental to trigger the transformation to a sustainable sugarcane industry, to promote adoption of Bonsucro’s Standards, to enable a thriving market for certified sugarcane products, and to consolidate Bonsucro as the principal and legitimate forum for sustainability of the sugarcane sector. Bonsucro Theory of Change aims at bringing changes to different stakeholders: the producers (millers and farmers), the sugarcane sector including buyers of sugar, ethanol other derived products, intermediaries, traders, etc.

For each of the areas of operation, the Board of Directors has defined a set of targets to be reached by 2017. They have been gathered in a document named the Strategic Plan which is divided in four chapters:  Grow, Market, Improve, and Certify, and help the Secretariat to design its activities to meet these targets.

Bonsucro Structure

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To define globally applicable performance-based principles, criteria, indicators and standards for sugarcane production that take into account local conditions and circumstances, and that are based on a credible and transparent process that is focused on the key sustainability drivers in sugarcane production.

To promote measurable improvements in the key economic, environmental and social impacts of sugarcane production and primary processing.

To develop a certification system that enables producers, buyers and others involved in sugar and ethanol businesses to obtain products derived from sugarcane that have been produced according to agreed, credible. transparent and measurable criteria.

To support the transition of Bonsucro to an internationally accepted global platform for sugarcane and its derived products, which is financially self sustaining and which provides a forum for continuous improvement in production efficiency and sustainability.