Bonsucro is looking for a new Board Chair & Board Director

2nd September 2019

We regret to inform our stakeholders that our Board Chair, Géraldine Kutas will be resigning from the Board as she is taking up a new role in a different industry and will be unable to commit to the additional time required from the Chair of Bonsucro.

Géraldine has served as a Board member for three years, and has been the Chair since June 2018.  She has agreed to stay as Chair until January 2020 and oversee the recruitment and transition of a replacement. During this time, Géraldine will excuse herself from any sensitive issues that could provoke a conflict of interest with her new role.

The Board have started their search for a new Chair, along with an additional Board Director.

The role descriptions are available here:

If you would like to discuss the positions or submit an application please email boardrecruitment@bonsucro.com before 20 September 2019.

Find out more about Bonsucro’s governance here.

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.