Louis Dreyfus Company extends Bonsucro Chain of Custody Certification

1st September 2017

Bonsucro is pleased to announce that Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has achieved another Bonsucro Chain of Custody (ChoC) certification. LDC, founded in 1851, is a leading merchant and processor of numerous agricultural goods, including sugar, and is active in more than 100 countries. LDC has the stated aim of helping to “feed and clothe up to 500 million people by sourcing, processing and transporting approximately 81 million tons of commodities around the globe each year’.

LDC’s latest ChoC certification applies to Imperial Sugar Company and the sugar trading operations of Louis Dreyfus Company Sugar Merchandising LLC. It follows the Bonsucro Production Standard certificate achieved by its sister company Biosev for their Brazilian Santa Elisa Mill in 2012, and the ChoC certification obtained by Louis Dreyfus Company Suisse SA earlier this year, for its sugar trading operations in Geneva, Switzerland.

LDC explains that it is consumer demand for sustainably-sourced products that is driving companies such as LDC to support initiatives such as Bonsucro. “More consumers today are requiring that the products they purchase contain ingredients that are environmentally and socially sustainable and are sourced from responsible suppliers.”. The Bonsucro certification is, for LDC, evidence of a wider business culture,  “This certification aligns with LDC’s commitment to sustainability and helps us meet our customers’ needs and consumers’ expectations. A big part of the decision to pursue Bonsucro certification is LDC’s recognition that Bonsucro is the multi-stakeholder initiative that best defines sustainable cane production.  On a corporate level, LDC supports sustainable supply chains in all the businesses we’re involved in and this is no exception.”
LDC has committed to having strong community relationships, responsibility in its operations and a respect for diversity. “We see the Bonsucro Chain of Custody certification as another important step on our sustainability journey in sugar. One of LDC’s core commitments is to sustainability, to operate in a socially responsible manner and to proactively engage on sustainability issues.”

“Bonsucro’s efforts towards educating and assisting sugar cane farmers and mills around the world on social, environmental and economic issues and providing metrics for improvement are fully aligned with LDC’s strong sustainability ethos. We would like to thank SCS Global Services and Bonsucro for their support and guidance during this process”

Following the successful achievement of ChoC certification, LDC intends to continue working with Bonsucro and engaging with their suppliers to address and overcome sustainability challenges: “LDC will continue to partner with Bonsucro and various origins that supply us to engage in long-term sustainable sugar practices. We also look forward to working with Bonsucro and the various stakeholders that own raw sugar supply quotas in the United States, in order to adopt this standard across the entire supply chain”.

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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.