Introducing Bonsucro’s Buyer Accelerator Group

1st December 2017

Introducing the Bonsucro Buyer Accelerator Group

Bonsucro’s Buyer Accelerator Group convenes buyer members of Bonsucro who are seeking to accelerate the pace and impact of improvement in sustainable sugarcane production and supply.

The group aims to:

  • Promote sustainable production practices and producer communities within sourcing origins, and in doing so achieve resilient supply chains with measurable outcomes related to human and labour rights, environmental stewardship, smallholder improvement, and economic resilience.
  • Create a critical mass of buyers, and supply chain actors to catalyze the wider industry to commit to enhancing supply chain transparency, continuous improvement, and leverage investment to maximize change.
  • Collaborate (through pre-competitive action) to aspire to achieve both our individual sustainable sourcing goals as well as Bonsucro’s 2020 goals for assured production, assured supply chains and assured origins.

The group is one of the ‘clusters’ convened by the Bonsucro Members’ Council (MC) – the others being for ‘change enablers’ and regional production clusters. They are chaired by one of the MC members and run in close coordination with the secretariat staff. Organisations that do not sit on the MC can participate in cluster meetings, and reports of discussions from the cluster groups are fed into the MC.

Group Members:

  • Bacardi
  • Barry Callebaut
  • Corbion
  • CSC Sugar
  • ED&FMan
  • Ferrero
  • General Mills
  • Mars
  • Mondelez
  • Nestle
  • PepsiCo
  • Pernod Ricard
  • Shell International Petroleum Company
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Unilever

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.