Chain of Custody Standard

What is the Chain of Custody Standard?

The Chain of Custody (ChoC) Standard relates to the supply of a product, including all stages from feedstock production up to consumption. It’s proof that you’re sourcing and trading responsibly, allowing you to make sustainability claims about your sugarcane sourcing.  

It provides assurance that sustainability claims can be tracked along the supply chain, from end to origin. It demonstrates responsible sourcing and ethical trading.


Chain of Custody certification helps to understand your supply chains and mitigate risks. A certificate also:  

  • Enhances your reputation 
  • Helps you meet your sustainable sourcing targets with credibility 
  • Provides you with a narrative on sustainability that both the buyer and the seller understand 
  • Gives you the option to make on product claims 
  • Presents you with the opportunity to be ahead of the global movement – rather than having to catch up with your competitors. 

Learn more about on-product claims

Key documents

Chain of Custody Standard (including Guidance)

Download in: English, Portuguese, Spanish

For the Bonsucro EU-RED Standard, the additional Chain of Custody requirements can be found here.


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