THRIVE achieves advanced alignment to the Bonsucro Production Standard

1st February 2017

Bonsucro supports THRIVE Sustainability Claims

The THRIVE Farm Module is 100% aligned with the core agricultural indicators in the global Bonsucro Production Standard. Sugarcane that is verified by the THRIVE programme to have been produced in compliance with all these core indicators has achieved an important sustainability milestone.

Appreciating this achievement, any sugar that meets this ‘Core Indicator Level’ through THRIVE can be supported by Bonsucro, and recognised by customers as compliant with the agricultural core indicators of the Bonsucro Production Standard.

THRIVE has been developed as a global continuous improvement scheme for cane sugar supply chains. THRIVE enables sustainability performance to be measured and improvement objectives to be set and tracked at all stages along the supply chain. Verification of results of sustainability performance is done through second, or third party audit, as per individual client preference.

Sven Sielhorst, Director, Global Programmes, at Bonsucro welcomed the achievement: “Bonsucro is pleased to be able to support the efforts of THRIVE to help growers create value through the use of their programme. Linking up with Bonsucro, the global sugarcane platform, will facilitate learning and continuous improvement for our growing community of change.”

Bonsucro and THRIVE look forward to creating value for the sugarcane sector and anticipate working together to expand the existing benchmark to the mill-related core indicators of Bonsucro. Bonsucro will also engage with Czarnikow, a leading trader in THRIVE, to achieve Bonsucro Chain of Custody Certification.

Benchmarking & Endorsement Programme

This development comes under Bonsucro’s new Benchmarking & Endorsement Programme. The programme seeks to publicly acknowledge and align tools, improvement programmes and assurance mechanisms developed by stakeholders throughout the sugarcane industry.

While the ‘Core Indicator Level’ through THRIVE will not enable products to be sold as Bonsucro certified, Bonsucro supports this continuous improvement approach as a complementary pathway. The Benchmarking & Endorsement Programme also provides a learning platform for improvement partners committed to a shared vision of a sugarcane sector with thriving, sustainable producer communities and resilient, assured supply chains.

Bonsucro presented the Benchmarking & Endorsement Programme outline in a targeted workshop during Bonsucro Week 2016 (London, 29 November – 2 December), which was used as an opportunity to consult members and other stakeholders on this new programme. A full launch is planned this year.

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.