This 2017 outcome report seeks to assess key monitoring and evaluation indicators, to provide an evaluation of the performance of Bonsucro in delivering its mission and reaching its vision, and to identify the measurable outcomes directly achieved by operators. It is based on analyses carried out by the Bonsucro secretariat using different sources of data, including certification data, independent research and member survey data.
The report finds that “although Bonsucro certified area has reduced from the previous study year, increases in yields have led to an increase in the amount of certified output by 3.4%. Market results for certified products have also improved, as the uptake of certified products reached 15.5% of total certified production.”
Another result presented is that “average yields of Bonsucro certified producers increased by 12% in dry (non-irrigated) systems and 1% in irrigated systems, both results being well above the latest global average yields reported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in 2014.” Also on yields, “over 90% of certified mills have achieved yields above the individual targets set to them by the Bonsucro Standard, a great improvement from 2014/15, when already 79% of certified mills were able to achieve their yield targets.”
On water usage, the report finds a reduction of “40% in certified farms, and certified mills continue improving on water efficiency showing the lowest water use per ton of products to date.” On GHG savings, it is reported that “in 2015 certified mills have saved 285,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. For the whole of the certification period since 2011, Bonsucro mills have saved the equivalent to the annual emissions of 611,732 passenger vehicles.”
For social indicators, the report found accident rate for farm activities and mill activities to be 3.81 and 4.51 per million hours worked respectively – way below the standard requirements of less than 45 in the field and 15 in the mill per million hours worked. The 2016 Members’ Annual Report showed “56% of the mills that reported health and safety improvements said that the Bonsucro Production Standard either contributed or accelerated that improvement.” On wages the report finds, “in 2015, wages paid both at agricultural and industrial operations of certified mills remained above the minimum wage threshold; nonetheless, they have reached their lowest levels since the Bonsucro data collection begun.”
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