Bonsucro Inspire Award Nominees for Excellence in Sustainability Communications

11th March 2019

There’s just 2 days to go until the Bonsucro Inspire Awards ceremony – sponsored by ACT Commodities – at Bonsucro Global Week.

During the run-up to the ceremony we’ve been announcing the nominees for each Bonsucro Inspire Award category. Categories include:

  • Ground Breaking Innovations
  • Inspiring Sustainability Partnerships
  • Positive Social Impact
  • Excellence in Sugarcane Sustainability Communications

We’re thrilled to announce our final nominees. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations – the diversity and strength of the nominations are testament to the commitment of many individuals and organisations to sustainable sugarcane around the world.

The Inspire Award for Excellence in Sustainability Communications:

Creating effective and inspirational communications around sustainable sugarcane is important in ensuring impactful work is highlighted and celebrated. Impactful communications also increases awareness of the opportunities and challenges facing sugarcane production around the world.

Nominees had to demonstrate an effective communications piece or campaign that has contributed to advancing an understanding of sustainable sugarcane practices, projects or issues. Our judges looked for examples that have shown engagement with a variety of audiences.

The Nominations:

Saraburi Sugar 

Saraburi Sugar’s mill, which is found in Thailand’s Central Region, is part of the Thai Roong Ruang Sugar Group (TRR Group).

The TRR Group is one of Thailand’s longest established sugar milling companies and remains a leading sugar manufacturer and exporter in Thailand.

Saraburi Sugar created a communications campaign to draw attention to its commitment to the sustainable production of sugarcane. This campaign also aims to encourage farmers in their pursuit of sustainability and equal labour rights and welfare. Additionally, Saraburi is hoping to encourage more sustainable buying among its customers.

CANEGROWERS: Cane to Coast and Project Cane Changer

CANEGROWERS is a not-for-profit public organisation that represents the interests of the members of 13 local grower companies, located in all the sugarcane regions of Queensland, Australia.

CANEGROWERS has been nominated for its Cane to Coast communications campaign. This campaign honours and promotes the innovation and conservation efforts that Queensland farmers are making to manage run-off and environmental impacts from sugarcane farms, to care for and protect the Great Barrier Reef.


India-based ChiniMandi was launched in 2018. The platform communicates India’s latest sugar industry news to millers, traders, wholesalers, knowledge seekers, research analysts and farmers via the web portal, Android app and print magazine.

ChiniMandi’s web portal hosts a range of content including podcasts and is linked to a wide reaching WhatsApp group. ChiniMandi also hosts conferences for India’s sugar community.

ChiniMandi aims to redefine the industry by bringing live news, opinions and research reports to India’s sugar industry to create a brighter future for the sugar sector. Currently its platforms communicate India’s sugar related news, including: daily market uptakes, exclusive articles, spot prices, international prices and government notifications to unite India’s stakeholders in sugar.

All Bonsucro Inspire Award nominees have been announced!

Winners will be revealed live at the Inspire Awards Dinner during Bonsucro Global Week, in Bangkok on Tuesday 12th March.

Keep an eye on your inbox following Bonsucro Global Week for the winners announcement.

Judging criteria

> Specific contribution

> Collaboration with others

> Impact

> Learning which others can build on












ACT Commodities has partnered with Bonsucro for the Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2019.ACT works with Bonsucro members to facilitate Bonsucro Credit purchases between certified sugarcane mills and companies, creating value through simplicity for all parties involved. In turn, this helps them with their strategy, operations, marketing and translating the impact of their action from the producer to the end customer.

The Bonsucro Inspire Awards recognise significant contributions towards achieving the Bonsucro mission: responsible sugarcane production creating lasting value for the people, communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all cane growing origins.
“ACT is delighted to sponsor the Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2019. Recognising those people and organisations who are striving for a sustainable sugarcane industry is crucial. For us it is a true honour to support these diverse set of committed actors through these Awards.”

– Jaap Janssen, CEO, ACT Commodities.

Find out more

If you’re interested in working with ACT on sourcing Bonsucro Credits, you can get in touch with Jorn Schouten at

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.