COVID-19 resource page

Bonsucro is here to help its members during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Below are some resources that members may find useful for the current situation and to help make plans. You can also read our blog post that looks at how the sugarcane sector has responded.

Bonsucro hosted a webinar that looked at how the sugarcane sector has reacted to the crisis and offered some practical recommendations. A summary of the webinar is here, or you can watch a recording.

Bonsucro has distilled the COVID-19 guidelines from the World Health Organization to produce some key recommendations for sugarcane producers. Download our guide in English here, in Spanish here and in Portuguese here. A guide on tackling the virus for smallholder farmers is also available to download here.

Below are some other online resources that Bonsucro has found useful.

The Business and Human Rights Centre   has an ‘In-Depth Area’ of its website dedicated to COVID-19. It is updated with the latest news on the implications of the outbreak for businesses and human rights. Topics on the site include supply chain workers, migrant workers and human rights defenders and civic freedoms. The site is available in a variety of languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and both simplified and traditional Chinese.

In addition, the Innovation Forum produced a podcast, The supply chain human rights risks to watch for from COVID-19 impacts with Phil Bloomer, the executive director of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, talking about how the suppliers of big brands will suffer as orders are cancelled and workers laid off.

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations has a significant section on its website covering COVID-19. The content includes resources such as Food Price Monitoring and Analysis, a series on Covid-19 policies, a big data tool on food chains under the COVID-19 pandemic and crop calendars.

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is curating a series of blog posts that analyse the impact of COVID-19 on the national and international food security, poverty and development. The page will also be updated regularly with links to other publications featuring IFPRI analysis on COVID-19, including on specific regional and country impacts; virtual IFPRI events on COVID-19; and pandemic-related podcast episodes.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has a page with the most up to date trade related information including notifications from WTO members and the affect the virus has had on imports and exports.

World Health Organization has a useful hub with advice for the public. It includes advice on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and details on when to use masks and how to use hand sanitizers.

There are also downloadable resources that include how to deal with stress from the pandemic, home care and COVID-19 and pregnancy.

The global law firm, DLA Piper has a resource centre that looks at the impacts of COVID-19 from a business perspective. There are pages on corporate governance, disclosure and risk management, supply chains, insurance and commercial contracts, restructuring and more. There is also regional specific information and an array of webinars.

Many resources promote good hygiene and washing hands for at least 20 seconds using soap. WaterAid has produced a useful video demonstrating how to wash hands properly which will help prevent the spread of the disease. The hygiene team also answered some of the most asked questions about hand washing.

If you have any questions, or you see anything you think should feature of this page, please email communications@bonsucro.com.

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.