Standards Development & Revision

Bonsucro, as a multi-stakeholder organisation, seeks to engage stakeholders when changes are proposed and made to our standards. Here you will find detailed information about this process and current work on standards development, as well as information on how these key documents were created.


Standard Development and Revision Procedure

The Bonsucro Standard Development and Revision Procedure defines how a standard should be developed, structured and revised. It requires multi-stakeholder consultation and decision-making, and ensures clear and auditable conditions in the standard itself.

Standard Development & Revision Procedure

The public review and revision process for the Standard and Revision Procedure takes place at least every five years. Bonsucro welcomes comments on the Standard Development and Revision Procedure at any time. Comments will be incorporated into the next review process. Please submit comments via email to



Bonsucro has a robust governance structure and strong procedures to ensure we work best towards our vision. When undertaking a revision, we may also form a dedicated governance body. For specific information about governance for a revision, please see the relevant revision.

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Bonsucro is ISEAL Code Compliant. Our system has been independently evaluated against ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice – a globally-recognised framework for effective, credible sustainability systems. For information, please visit the ISEAL website.


Standard Development and Revision Programme

StandardVersionLast review commencedLast review concludedNext review scheduledNext review scheduled to conclude
Bonsucro Production Standard5.1April 2019December 2021July 2023
Bonsucro Mass Balance Chain of Custody Standard5.1September 2018March 2019March 2024September 2024
Bonsucro Production Standard for Smallholder Farmers1.0March 2017June 2018June 2023

2022-2023 Production Standard Interim Revision

Bonsucro carried out an interim revision of Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1 to improve the clarity of requirements within the standard and its alignment with the Implementation Guidance. 

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2019-2022 Production Standard Revision

The Bonsucro Production Standard v5.1 launched in January 2022 after undergoing a credible multi-stakeholder revision process, including two public consultations. The standard is progressive and keeps Bonsucro at the forefront of sustainability in sugarcane. 

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Bonsucro EU RED Standard updates

The Bonsucro EU RED Standard revision is guided by European Union Renewable Energy Directive procedures and revision schedule.

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