Sucro Sourcing LLC achieves Chain of Custody certificate

26th February 2020

Recognising the importance of sustainability in the sugarcane supply chain, Sucro Sourcing LLC recently received Bonsucro Chain of Custody certification. The company has been a rapidly growing sugar trade partner for sugar mills, processors, distributors and industrial customers in the U.S. and beyond.

Sucro Sourcing LLC’s certification journey

Sara Chaffin, Sustainability and Ingredient Business Development, emphasises teamwork and internal collaboration as the key elements of the certification process. “Once the overall vision of Bonsucro certification was understood, everyone came together to make it happen,” she adds. A member since 2019, the company said Bonsucro’s support has been “instrumental in knowledge sharing and education.”

The process challenged the team to look into its supply chain processes and procedures from a new perspective. As a result, they were able to implement changes to excel in transparency and traceability, which Sucro believes is “the ultimate goal of sustainability”.

Significance of Bonsucro certification 

Sucro sees Bonsucro certification as a great accomplishment and an important element to its portfolio. Sucro Sourcing’s CEO and Owner, Jonathan Taylor said, “As sustainability and its importance continues to grow, we are excited to help support Bonsucro certified mills and farmers and incentivise the sustainable practices they’ve implemented. As a company, we are really happy to be part of this journey.”

The next step for Sucro is to actively seek out opportunities to sell Bonsucro certified sustainable sugar and partner with customers that share its sustainability goals. Acknowledging the competitive advantage offered by certification, the company will also encourage non-certified mills in its supply chain to move towards certification, as well as use its innovative supply chain solutions.

Is your company interested in Bonsucro Chain of Custody certification? Find out more 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.