Bonsucro Training

Learning and development are key to Bonsucro’s strategy as a learning organisation. We encourage our members, practitioners, and changemakers to take advantage of our variety of training opportunities on sugarcane sustainability. These training materials cover everything from the fundamentals of the Bonsucro Standards to the Bonsucro Calculator and Certification system. Please see our different training options below.


Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1 Technical Training

This technical training consists of 7 modules covering the different sections of the Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1. These training videos are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. (All videos recorded March 2022). The presentation slides are attached as PDFs, available to download under the videos.

To support this training, we are hosting a series of live Q&A sessions on different sections of the Production Standard. Register for a session here.

*If you notice an error in these training materials, please notify us at standards@bonsucro.com*


MODULE 1 (BPSv5.1)

General Introduction to the Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1

This module is designed to give a broad overview of the Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1 and it’s key changes. This training will be built upon further in modules 2 to 7. This training video will cover:

  • How the Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1 was developed
  • Key changes in the Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1 and Bonsucro Certification Protocol v6
  • How to use the Bonsucro Calculator
  • Structure of the Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1 technical training
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MODULE 2 (BPSv5.1)

Assess and manage environmental, social & human rights risks (Principle 1) 

This module provides detailed technical training on the four criteria in Principle 1 (1.1-1.4) of the Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1. This module will cover how to:   

  • Demonstrate leadership through elaborating and implementing sustainability policies
  • Systematically assess risks and impacts
  • Implement systems for monitoring and evaluation and grievances 
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MODULE 3 (BPSv5.1)

Respect labour rights & occupational safety and health standards (Principle 2, Part 1)

This module provides detailed technical training on the first two criteria of Principle 2 (2.1-2.2) of the Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1. This module will cover how to: 

  • Ensure adequate health and safety standards in working environments and operations 
  • Provide all workers (including migrant, seasonal and other contract labour) with a sufficient salary to achieve an adequate standard of living  
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MODULE 4 (BPSv5.1)

Respect labour rights & occupational safety and health standards (Principle 2, Part 2)

This module provides detailed technical training on the remaining three criteria of Principle 2 (2.3-2.5) of the Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1. For training on the first two criteria, see MODULE 3. This training video will cover how to: 

  • Respect workers rights to favourable working conditions 
  • Safeguard respect for labour rights through social dialogue 
  • Ensure that land and water use do not diminish the rights of Indigenous peoples and communities ​ 
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MODULE 5 (BPSv5.1)

Manage input, production & processing efficiencies to enhance sustainability (Principle 3)

This module provides detailed technical training on the two criteria under Principle 3 (3.1 and 3.2) of the Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1. This training video will cover how to: 

  • Monitor the impacts and efficiency of production and processes 
  • Monitor global warming emissions with a view to minimising the impacts of climate change 
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MODULE 6 (BPSv5.1) 

Actively manage biodiversity and ecosystem services (Principle 4, Part 1)  

This module provides detailed technical training on the first two criteria of Principle 4 (4.1-4.2) of the Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1. This training video covers how to: 

  • Protect and rehabilitate biodiversity and ecosystem services 
  • Enhance and maintain areas of High Conservation Value (HCVs)
  • Implement a soil management plan to prevent erosion and improve soil health 
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MODULE 7 (BPSv5.1) 

Actively manage biodiversity and ecosystem services (Principle 4, Part 2) and Continuously improve other key areas of the business (Principle 5)

This module provides detailed technical training on the remaining three criteria of Principle 4 (4.3-4.5), and the four criteria under Principle 5 (5.1-5.4) of the Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1. This video will cover how to:

  • Implement a water stewardship plan
  • Implement pest, disease and weed management plans
  • Ensure hazardous chemicals and materials do not negatively impact biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Promote economic and social sustainability​
  • Reduce emissions and effluents and promote the recycling of waste streams
  • Train workers and develop their general skills​
  • Commit to the continuous improvement of worker welfare​
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Further Training and Resources

  • Our Tools & Resources page contains many useful resources for farms, mills and businesses to achieve success in sugarcane sustainability
  • Visit our YouTube channel to catch our past webinars on the Bonsucro Standards, sustainability topics, training videos, and more
  • Take a look at our Events page to see our upcoming training sessions, webinars and live events

Live Training

If you would like to attend a live training session, please contact one of the training providers licensed by Bonsucro. They offer public training events and private sessions tailored to your needs. All details are listed further down. You can also contact your Bonsucro account manager for more information: https://bonsucro.com/team/


Licensed Training Providers

Licensed Training Providers are also available to deliver training on the Bonsucro Certification System, the Production Standard and Bonsucro Calculator behalf of Bonsucro. Training Providers have been selected for their knowledge on the Bonsucro Certification System and technical knowledge of the sugarcane sector.

To become a Bonsucro Licensed Training Provider, please consult our guide in either English or Spanish and contact training@bonsucro.com.



      • Control Union Certifications

        Control Union Certifications is a worldwide certification body with a main focus on sustainability. We offer a one-stop-shop for a wide range of certification programs in agriculture, food, feed, forest products, textiles and bio energy. Our programs are managed in a decentralised way with accreditations that reduce dependency on any one authoritative body. Key focus areas of our certification programs are food safety, sustainability, recycling, footprint and social aspects.Due to its aim to increase the sustainability of the sugarcane market, Bonsucro is one of Control Union´s key certification programs. Control Union has been involved in the dissemination of and auditing against the Bonsucro Standard since its creation in 2011.

        Based on the knowledge acquired during this process, Control Union develops and conducts training sessions for companies interested in gaining knowledge on Bonsucro.

        Contact Person: Virginia Pragana

        Visit CUC


          • HSEQ Camero Consulting

            HSEQ Camero Consulting is a Latin-American company specialized in business transformation with a wide experience in HSE and training. Understanding the key position of the sugar cane in the development and growing of our region HSEQ Camero Consulting offers professionals certified and trained by Bonsucro.

            HSEQ Camero Consulting es una compañía latinoamericana especializada en transformación empresarial con una amplia experiencia en temas de HSE y entrenamiento. Entendiendo la posición clave que tiene la caña de azúcar para el desarrollo y crecimiento de nuestra región, HSEQ Camero cConsulting ofrece profesionales entrenados y certificados por Bonsucro.

            Contact: Hector Camero

            Email: hcamero@hseqcamero.com

            Telephone: +57 3153352422

          • SCS Global Services

            SCS is an international leader in third-party certification and standards development in environmental, sustainability, and food safety and quality performance claims. Through auditing, certification, testing, life cycle assessment, training, and strategic consulting services, we help organizations affirm and communicate their sustainability success stories. Our headquarters is located in Emeryville, California, and we maintain regional offices around the world in Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Ghana, China, India, Indonesia and Australia.

            SCS conducted the audit of the first Bonsucro certification in Central America in 2014, and has since developed an extensive network of auditors and local representatives working in the Bonsucro standard in Latin America, the United States, Europe, Australia and SE Asia.

            We offer remote and in-person training exercises for the Bonsucro Production and Chain of Custody standards. We speak English / Hablamos español / Nós falamos portugues.

            Contacts: Eddie Gómez

            Email: egomez@scsglobalservices.com

            Phone: +55.51.99648-3769

            Skype: efragobacr


          • ESM

            Miguel Tejada is an economist, holding an MSc in Macroeconomics with an emphasis in sustainable standards in agriculture focused in palm oil and sugarcane production in Latin America. Over the last ten years, Miguel has become familiar with standards like RSPO, ISCC and Bonsucro from the field, the workers, the communities in the region. In the last six years, he has visited more than thirty companies while providing services for sustainability certifications to growers, mills, refineries, biofuel plants and traders understanding in a very practical way what these standards mean and what their real impacts are.

            Technical Scope: Bonsucro Production Standard / Bonsucro Mass Balance Chain of Custody Standard

            Geographical Scope: Latin America, Africa, Europe, Online

            Contacts: Miguel TEJADA IRAIZOZ

            Email: miguel@esm.lat

            Phone: +57 3148376353


          • AgNovate

            AgNovate is a consortium of international experts providing consultancy services on improving efficiency and sustainability along agricultural value chains and allied sectors. Our team includes crop and industry experts from the United States of America, Australia and Pakistan. Through an integrated approach of improving crop productivity, the efficiency of mill performance and capacity building to enhance skills and knowledge along value chains, we help the sugar industry to increase its competitiveness. We have pioneered the change management and capacity building of the sugar industry and sugarcane farmers, especially smallholders, for implementing sustainable practices under Pakistani climatic, social, environmental and economic conditions. We have built customized programs for sugar mills and their supplier farmers for achieving Bonsucro Production, Smallholder and Chain of Custody Standards in a profitable manner.
            We also offer training programs for sugar industry professionals and farmers in English as well as in the local languages of Pakistan. Our strength is our knowledge of the local customs, social fabric and agro-ecology, augmented with our global expertise in sugarcane farming and processing.

            Technical Scope: Bonsucro Production Standard / Bonsucro Production Standard for Smallholder Farmers / Bonsucro Mass Balance Chain of Custody Standard

            Geographical Scope: Pakistan

            Contacts: Dr Zaheer Ahmad

            Email: zaheer@agnovate.com; info@agnovate.com

            Phone: +923334029065


          • SGS (Thailand)

            SGS Academy Thailand is a training centre of excellence that delivers courses to meet local needs. The culture sensitive content and approach reflects the SGS global expertise and gives you the opportunity to achieve your learning goal wherever you are. Many of its training courses have been designed to the specification of the international standards and accredited bodies. The SGS Academy also delivers non-accredited and customized courses to enhance processes, systems and skill to your ongoing success and sustained growth. As a leader in professional training, the SGS Academy makes a difference to individual, teams and businesses, nurturing talent and enabling continuous organisational progression. The staff speak a variety of languages, understand the local cultures and operate globally in a consistent, reliable and effective manner.

            Technical Scope: Bonsucro Production Standard / Bonsucro Production Standard for Smallholder Farmers / Bonsucro Mass Balance Chain of Custody Standard

            Geographical Scope: Thailand

            Contacts: Mr. Rapeebhand Jivanuwong

            Email: Rapeebhand.Jivanuwong@sgs.com

            Phone: +662 678 1813

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