Bonsucro Buyer Group issues message to market

1st December 2017

Bonsucro is excited to issue the following statement on behalf of the Buyer Accelerator Group of Bonsucro. The statement will streamline and clarify sustainability expectations from buyers in the sugarcane sector to promote increased focus on continuous improvement and credible verification.

“As Bonsucro members committed to sourcing sustainable sugarcane products, we encourage and will support improvements in our supply chain. We encourage you as suppliers/processors to:
  1. Participate in the Bonsucro platform and work with your supply chain partners to identify key issues impacting sustainable production of sugar and sugarcane.
  2. Participate in a Bonsucro accelerator and regional programs or develop your own action plans to deliver meaningful, verifiable sustainability related improvements. The ultimate goal of any program should be to drive environmental, social, and economic outcomes with positive impact at the farm, mill, and community levels.
  3. Verify (through certification or other assurance) your sugarcane-related products to the most widely accepted, credible, and feasible system. Bonsucro Certification and Bonsucro Endorsed schemes demonstrating continuous improvement are preferred verification systems, and in many cases are specifically required by some end users. We also encourage you to participate in Bonsucro origin programs to demonstrate continuous improvement. Any program and verification should demonstrate continuous improvement.
  4. Work with us on this journey, as we anticipate celebrating your success.”
Buyer Accelerator Group

Want to learn more?

  • Bonsucro: To find out more about the message or the Buyer Accelerator Group, please contact Kevin Ogorzalek

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.