Bonsucro Global Week 2019 Presentations & Speakers

26th March 2019

Over four days from 11-14 March 2019, a record number of 190 participants from across the globe converged on central Bangkok for Bonsucro’s annual flagship event Global Week to discuss, share and drive impacts in sustainable sugarcane.

Sessions focused on audience participation and demonstrated progress and commitments towards certification, followed by a field visit to Thailand’s sugar and bioenergy producer, Mitr Phol’s production facilities.

The conference attracted speakers from varying backgrounds including farmers, financiers, social and environmental NGOs, multinational brands, academics, mill groups and government officials from key sugarcane producing countries across the globe.







Monday 11 March 2019


Rick Lyu  Bonsucro, Regional Director Asia Pacific


Production Standard Review Pre-consultation
Nicolas Viart Bonsucro, Standards & Innovation Director 
Nahuel Tuñon Bonsucro, Standards Manager


Code of Conduct Review – Bonsucro
Melanie Rutten-Suelz Bonsucro Governance Nominations Committee, Chair 
Rafael Seixas Bonsucro, Membership Manager
Sarah Ellington DLA Piper, Legal Director 


Opening Ceremony & Speeches
Dr Pasu Loharchun Ministry of Thailand, Permanent Secretary
Dr Rangsit Hiangrat Thai Sugar Millers Corporation (TSMC), Director General
Geraldine Kutas Bonsucro Board Chair & UNICA, International Affairs Head


Bonsucro Updates
Danielle Morley Bonsucro, CEO


Cane Sustainability in Thailand
Rick Lyu Bonsucro, Asia Pacific Regional Director
Diana Visser Corbion, Sustainability Senior Director
Khunying Natthika Wattanavekin-Angubolkul ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN), Chair; Thai Sugar Trading Corporation Limited (TSTC) & Thai Sugar Millers Corporation Limited (TSMC), Board Director; & ESC, CEO 
Khun Pornchai Srisakorn Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation Group, Sugarcane Management (Central Area) Executive Vice President 
Dr Kitti Choonhawong Thai Society of Sugarcane Technologists (TSSCT) President


Tuesday 12 March 2019


Miguel Hernández Bonsucro, Latin America Regional Director


Introduction to Credit Trading Platform
Liza Murphy Bonsucro, Consultant


Presenting a Landmark Upcoming Study on Bonsucro
Nicolas Viart Bonsucro, Standards & Innovation Director 
Alex Bjork WWF-US, Private Sector Engagement Director  
Ulrike Sapiro The Coca-Cola Company, Water Stewardship & Sustainable Agriculture, Senior Director
Claudia Asensio Grupo Pantaleon, Sustainability & New Products Head


Water Stewardship in Cane
Miguel Hernández Bonsucro, Latin America Regional Director
Adrian Sym Alliance for Water Stewardship (A4S), CEO
Wouter Jordaan SRK Consulting, Principal Environmental Scientist & Partner 
S.J Lakshman E.I.D Parry India, AVP & Head-R&D & Cane Extension
Andrew Rouse WWF Australia, Program Manager Sustainable Agriculture 


Increasing Market Uptake
Livia Ignacio Bonsucro, Brazil Regional Coordinator
Meredith Smith ED&F Man Liquid Products, Sustainability and Quality Manager
Rajiv Ramlugon Omnicane Management & Consultancy Limited, Group Chief Sustainability Officer
Kevin Ogorzalek Barry Callebaut, Sustainable Sourcing Manager
Guilherme Nastari Brazilian Rural Society and Datagro Consultancy, Director


Smallholders: Creating an Inclusive Supply Chain
International Aid Worker Meets African Villager Video
Boudewijn Goossens Bonsucro, Africa & Middle East Regional Director
Roshan Lal Tamak DCM Shriram, Executive Director
Natasha Schwarzbach PepsiCo, Sustainable Commodities
Arindom Datta Rabobank Group, Sustainability Banking / Rural & Development Banking/Advisory, Asia Head 
Mike Ogg RMI Outgrower Development, Managing Director
Celso Albano de Carvalho Orplana, Executive Manager
Aline Silva Solidaridad Brazil, Program Manager Sugarcane


Wednesday 13 March


Boudewijn Goossens Bonsucro, Africa & Middle East Regional Director


Innovations in Sustainable Sugarcane
Nicolas Viart Bonsucro, Standards & Innovation Director 
Vorachai Manomuth Crop Tech Asia,  Managing Director 
Dominique Olivier  BRL Ingénierie (BRLi), Tropical Agronomist & Irrigation Specialist
Jessica Joubert Bonsucro, SADC Regional Coordinator
Jason Glaser La Isla Network, CEO
Denis Chavarria Ingenio San Antonio, Occupational Health Manager
Alissa Marturano Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Sugar, Sr. Sustainability & NA Strategic Sourcing Manager


The Gender Agenda: Women’s Role in Cane
Ritu Baruah Bonsucro, India Programme Manager
Mina Manuchehri Landesa, Attorney & Land Tenure Specialist, Corporate Engagement
Humphrey Nxumalo Solidaridad, Southern Africa Regional Sugarcane Project Coordinator
Bharat Kundal Olam Agro India, Vice President Operations
M.Balaji EID Parry, Senior Associate Vice President 


Closing Speeches
Geraldine Kutas Bonsucro Board Chair & UNICA, International Affairs Head 
Danielle Morley  Bonsucro, CEO







Bonsucro & Renovabio: Exploring synergies and advancing GHG reduction in Brazil

Project partners: Earth innovation Institute and Agroicone
Project length: 12 months Budget: $22,347,79
Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals:

RenovaBio is a Brazilian biofuel policy designed to decrease Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2029 [compared to 2018], in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. It aims to do this by incentivising fuel distributors to blend more biofuels into their products. RenovaBio has established a certification scheme for biofuel, towards which Brazilian sugarcane mills are working, that will enable them to trade decarbonisation credits on the Brazilian stock exchange.

Bonsucro continuously seeks to grow awareness and adoption of its standard. In Brazil, this can be achieved by aligning its framework with RenovaBio to optimise costs and time for mills. In 2019, Bonsucro received a grant of US $22,000 from the Earth Innovation Institute to provide a common understanding of how RenovaBio works and how other regions might benefit from this approach.

Bonsucro addressed the topic at Bonsucro Global Week in Bangkok in March 2019, and through three stakeholder forums in Brazil. The Bonsucro team also commissioned a technical comparison study, which enabled the organisation to understand how best to align with RenovaBio’s requirements.

The study has been shared with key stakeholders in Brazil and the project is now complete. Bonsucro is working to incorporate the study’s findings and recommendations through its ongoing Production Standard Revision process.

By aligning opportunities of optimisation, joint work and integration with the Brazilian Government and reflecting it in the Bonsucro Standard, Bonsucro can help to ensure that more producers adopt sustainability standards like Bonsucro.