Nominations open for the 2018 Bonsucro Inspire Award

6th November 2017

Know someone doing extraordinary work on sugarcane sustainability? Nominate them for the 2018 Bonsucro Inspire Award

The seventh edition of the Bonsucro Inspire Award will be held during Bonsucro Week in Nicaragua (15-19 January 2018), to recognise exemplary contribution to the sustainable sugarcane sector, celebrate collaboration between different actors, and share stories that others can be inspired by and learn from.

The Award ceremony will be on Tuesday 16 January at the Bonsucro Award dinner in Managua, Nicaragua.

The Bonsucro Inspire Award

The Bonsucro Inspire Award will be given to an individual, organisation or partnership in recognition of their contribution towards sustainable producer communities, assured supply chains and change towards a stronger sustainable sugarcane sector.

Nominations will be open to anyone and candidates do not necessarily have to be a member of Bonsucro and/or their work directly linked to Bonsucro.

Judging criteria

Nominations will be judged based on:

  • Specific contribution: we will be looking for the specific contribution of the nominated individual, organisation or partnership towards sustainable producer communities, assured supply chains and the sustainable sugarcane sector more widely, looking at significant change being achieved, engagement of other actors, influencing the sector (locally or more widely), innovation, and inspirational accomplishments;
  • Collaboration with others: we are looking for examples of effective collaboration between different actors, being producers, buyers and/or enablers, in joining forces to bring about change towards a sustainable sugarcane sector. We are looking for evidence that the collaboration combined respective strengths to achieve more than could have been achieved by one organisation on its own;
  • Impact: In all cases we are looking for evidence of impact and/or reach;
  • Learning which others can build on: we are looking for an inspiring story and learning that can be used as a showcase to encourage others in their journey towards sustainability.

The nominations should refer to change achieved in the last year.

Nomination Process

Nominate an individual, organisation or partnership for the Bonsucro Inspire Award using the form on the link below. The deadline for submission of nominations is 24 November 2017. Please feel free to share the link with colleagues and contacts.

The nominations will be assessed by the Awards Committee, made of representatives of Bonsucro Member Council, who will select the Bonsucro Award winner, together with the second and third runners-up.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Award and nomination process, please contact Laura Fisher on

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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.