Bonsucro Inspire Award Nominees for Positive Social Impact

8th March 2019

Bonsucro Inspire Award Categories

  • Ground Breaking Innovations
  • Inspiring Sustainability Partnerships
  • Positive Social Impact
  • Excellence in Sugarcane Sustainability Communications


Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations – the diversity and strength of the nominations are testament to the commitment of many individuals and organisations to sustainable sugarcane around the world.


The Inspire Award for Positive Social Impact

Improving the lives of smallholders, workers and local communities is an important element of sustainable development in sugarcane production and processing. Nominees had to show how they successfully contributed towards improving the quality of life and work for smallholders, workers and/or local communities.


Judging criteria

> Specific contribution
> Collaboration with others
> Impact
> Learning which others can build on


The Nominees:


>Pantaleon Sugar Holdings: Responsible Sourcing Programme

Pantaleon SA is a Central American agro-industrial group that produces sugar, molasses, alcohol and energy. Pantaleon ́s Responsible Sourcing Programmein Guatemala supports 32 small, medium and large sugarcane producers.

The programme improves compliance with labour, workplace health and safety, environmental, and human rights practices and legislation. The programme has seen excellent improvements in all the initiative’s key focus areas.

A highlight of the Responsible Sourcing Programme is 85% of the sugarcane procured by Pantaleon comes from independent farms in Guatemala who participated in the program.


The Adelante Initiative

The Adelante Initiative is a partnership developed to scientifically establish, implement and evaluate labour practices in the workplace concerning occupational safety and health.

A partnership between San Antonio sugar mill (ISA) in Nicaragua, the Nicaraguan produce association (CNPA), La Isla Network and Bonsucro, the Adelante Initiative’s aim is to apply new scientific knowledge to create an adaptive model for improved, scalable work practices in the sugar sector and other at-risk industries.

The Adelante Initiative’s focus is primarily on determining possible causes of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKDu), as well as ergonomics and musculoskeletal health of labourers in sugarcane.


Ingenio y Refinería San Martín del Tabacal S.R.L

Tabacal Agroindustria is based in Argentina and produces sugar, alcohols, bio-fertilisers, biofuels, bio-electricity, food and sustainable energy.

Tabacal prides itself on producing these products in a sustainable way, which honours the environment and the people with whom they work.

Tabacal has been nominated for its corporate social responsibility work, which focuses on providing and improving healthcare, housing, education, sports, and sustainable agriculture projects for its workers and the communities in which they operate.


Godavari Biorefineries Ltd

Godavari Biorefineries are based in Mumbai India, and produce sugar as well as other foods, biofuels, chemicals, renewable energy, waxes, and other products using sugarcane.

The group’s corporate social responsibility initiative have given and facilitated over 38,000 bursaries in India.

Godavari Biorefineries initiatives aim to improve quality of life for people in local rural communities, spanning: education, healthcare, nutrition, vocational training and agricultural research.


About Bonsucro Global Week Sponsor ACT Commodities

ACT Commodities has partnered with Bonsucro for the Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2019.ACT works with Bonsucro members to facilitate Bonsucro Credit purchases between certified sugarcane mills and companies, creating value through simplicity for all parties involved. In turn, this helps them with their strategy, operations, marketing and translating the impact of their action from the producer to the end customer.

The Bonscuro Inspire Awards recognise significant contributions towards achieving the Bonsucro mission: responsible sugarcane production creating lasting value for the people, communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all cane growing origins.

“ACT is delighted to sponsor the Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2019. Recognising those people and organisations who are striving for a sustainable sugarcane industry is crucial. For us it is a true honour to support these diverse set of committed actors through these Awards.”

– Jaap Janssen, CEO, ACT Commodities.


Find out more

If you’re interested in working with ACT on sourcing Bonsucro Credits, you can get in touch with Jorn Schouten at

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.