Bonsucro is looking for a new Board Chair

16th May 2018

Bonsucro is looking for a leader to join as Chair to provide direction to the Board of Directors. The role of Chair of the Board encompasses fiduciary responsibilities for the overall good governance of Bonsucro. The Chair has the responsibility to ensure Bonsucro complies with its governing documents, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations, working in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer and Secretariat staff. The role requires significant experience in governance and/or boards as well as an understanding of sustainability, in particular rural sustainability matters, and the operations of a not-for-profit membership organisation like Bonsucro.

The time commitment of this roles involves in being committed to attending all Board meetings, typically held quarterly, and working with CEO and Secretariat.

The desired start date for this position is June 11, 2018.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to the Board of Directors;
  • Ensure that the Board fulfills its legal and fiduciary obligations;
  • Ensure that the annual cycle of board meetings is planned, including setting the agendas (supported by the Secretariat); chairing and facilitating Board meetings;
  • Provide directions to Board policy-making;
  • Monitor that decisions taken at board meetings are implemented (supported by the Secretariat);
  • Act as a spokesperson for the Board of Directors (where appropriate);
  • Attend and participate as a member of other committees or working groups (when appropriate).
  • Leverage one’s professional network to advance the mission and vision of Bonsucroa

Please note that this is not a remunerated position. However, Bonsucro will reimburse reasonable travel, hotel and other expenses properly incurred by the Chair in connection with his/her attendance to Bonsucro meetings.

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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.