Statement: Complaint under OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

21st March 2019

Bonsucro exists to ensure that responsible sugarcane production creates  lasting value for the people, communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all cane-growing regions. The Bonsucro platform plays a fundamental role in accelerating change for sugarcane, with the Bonsucro Standard being a globally recognised commitment to professional, successful and responsible business from members.

Complaints made against Bonsucro members are taken very seriously and addressed in accordance with the relevant standards that govern the relationship between Bonsucro and its members. We are committed  to maintaining continuous dialogue with stakeholders to address issues and find solutions that work for all within the scope of our mandate and objectives.

Bonsucro has been informed by the UK National Contact Point that a complaint has been made by Inclusive Development International, Equitable Cambodia and the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights concerning an alleged “failure to comply with the OECD Guidelines”

Bonsucro will respond to the complaint within the timeline provided to ensure the NCP can undertake its Initial Assessment and determine whether the issues raised by the complainant merit further examination.

The Initial Assessment will not include any decision on whether or not Bonsucro has breached the Guidelines.

Bonsucro continues to engage independent, external experts in the process of review of its Code of Conduct and Grievance Mechanism to ensure alignment with the UNGP effectiveness criteria and OECD Guidelines. Bonsucro has been engaging members and other stakeholders in this process since the end of 2018.

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.