First Bonsucro Certification in China

19th April 2018

Guangxi Ningming East Asia Sugar Co. becomes first sugarcane mill in the country to achieve Bonsucro certification

China, the world’s third largest sugar producing country after Brazil and India, is now home to a Bonsucro certified sugarcane mill. Guangxi Ningming East Asia Sugar Co recently became the country’s first mill to achieve Bonsucro Production and Chain of Custody certifications following an audit by SGS, a Bonsucro Licensed Certification Body . The company forms part of Guangxi Nanning East Asia Sugar Group (EAS), whose parent company is the Thai group Mitr Phol.

The mill is located near to the Vietnamese border in Guangxi province, and it sells its products to global brands, many of whom are Bonsucro members. The company states that its vision is to “to be the leader in sugar industry in China, with most dynamic growth and sustainable development” with a mission to pursue production that is “low cost and high efficiency, and responsible to society and the environment.” According to Liang Wei, Deputy General Sales Manager, Bonsucro’s Standards are aligned with their company’s mission and vision, allowing them to become “the first company to achieve Bonsucro certification in China” as well as making customers “aware of [their] commitment in sustainable development and social responsibility.”

Isara Vongkusolkit, Board Chairman at Mitr Phol Sugar Group, explains the reasons for committing their mills to sustainability and Bonsucro certification: “The Bonsucro Standard demonstrates good practice for companies to improve their sustainability on environment, society and economy, which is in line with the strategic direction, policy, mission and vision of Mitr Phol Sugar Group. Therefore we decided to pursue Bonsucro certification.” Mitr Phol also was the first group to achieve Bonsucro certification in Thailand, and currently operates two Bonsucro certified mills in the country, Dan Chang and Phukhieo.

Chinese sugarcane cultivation is often characterised by small, dispersed farms owned by farmers, who are responsible for their own cost management. The mill says that through working directly with their supplying farmers, they could obtain benefits by implementing the Production Standard into concrete actions. “After the introduction of Bonsucro, the farms developed a detailed cost management list, so the farmers could clearly see the expenditures and get ideas about how to save costs to comprehensively improve efficiency”, explains Li Wu, Deputy General Manager-Agriculture at the mill.

In order to work towards Bonsucro certification, the company encouraged knowledge sharing through organised trainings and discussions held in  advance of implementation, working through the Standard’s indicators to determine how to ensure they achieved the levels required for compliance. “During the certification process, we learned how to realise sustainable development, focusing on environmental, social and economic factors. Rather than caring only about the internal problem of the company, the company actively contributes more to the public interest,” says, Xin Shuguang, General Manager of Production. According to Mr Shuguang, throughout the process they had support and input from their clients: “We’d like to thank all of them, because the process could not have gone forward without their help”.

Rick Lyu, Bonsucro’s Regional Director for Asia said, “We are extremely pleased that yet another important landmark has been reached for sustainable sugarcane and Bonsucro, this time in China. Congratulations to Guangxi East Asia Sugar Co for all of their hard work and determination to achieve this. We look forward to more Chinese sugarcane farms and mills demonstrating their sustainability credentials using Bonsucro.”

Following their certification, Liu Xianqu, Deputy General Manager, Quality Control says that the following steps will be to introduce Bonsucro Standards to other EAS subsidiaries, “We will start with Guangxi East Asia Funan Sugar Refinery in March 2018, and our objective will also be to increase customer awareness about Bonsucro”.

Want to know more? Get in touch!

– EAS:
Huang Jiang
huangjiang@easugar.com
– Bonsucro:
Rick Lyu, Regional Director, Asia
rick@bonsucro.com
– SGS

Fabian Gonçalves

fabian.goncalves@sgs.com

+55 11 3883 8800 or +55 11 97599 7923

http://www.sgs.com/systems_and_services_certification
See a list of all Bonsucro Licensed Certification Bodies

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.