Accelerating improvement in sugarcane

London, UK // 29 Nov - 2 Dec 2016


how you can make your business more sustainable

your thoughts on future of sustainability in the sugarcane industry in our consultations & workshops

with some of the world’s biggest producers & buyers

What is Bonsucro Week?

The global event for accelerating change in sugarcane

Bonsucro Week is the principal event for people and organisations with an interest in accelerating change in the sugarcane industry. Bonsucro Week is the flagship event of Bonsucro, the global platform for sugarcane, and has been held annually since 2013. It has been held in New Orleans, the Philippines, and Brazil, and this year it heads to London.

Bonsucro_IF Partner Logos_Artboard 1Join Bonsucro Week 2016 for an exciting variety of events, including the Sustainable Sugarcane Conference (01-02 December), held in partnership with Innovation Forum.

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Join our speakers & attendees



Jonathan Kingsman

Chair, Bonsucro, & Author

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Ben Jordan

Director of Supplier Sustainability at The Coca-Cola Company


Géraldine Kutas

Head of International Affairs at UNICA

david pendlington

David Pendlington

Sustainable Sourcing Manager at MARS

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Lena Staafgard

Chief Operating Officer at Better Cotton Initiative


Rob Meyers

Sustainability Director, Global Agro Operations at PepsiCo

prashant pastore

Prashant Pastore

Senior Programme Manager at Solidaridad

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Martin Sneary

Manager, Biodiversity Risk Assessment & Corporate Decision Support at IUCN


Bonsucro Week 2016 Overview

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Day 0 - Bonsucro Week Warm-Up: Guided Tour of Museum of London Docklands

Monday 28 November

Join Bonsucro Week participants and the Bonsucro team for a warm-up event in London’s historic Docklands district. Take a tour of the Museum of London Docklands, housed in an early-19th century sugar warehouse. The tour will take in the superb ‘London, Sugar and Slavery’ gallery.

Day 1 - Learn, Share and Connect

Tuesday 29 November

Day 1 of Bonsucro Week 2016 is an exciting opportunity to share your experience and learn from peers, practitioners and thought leaders from all over the world on how to engage different people and stakeholders in continuous improvement programmes, plus how to embed learning into programmes and practice.

You will be part of a very interactive day, with speakers sharing their stories and a chance for everyone to get involved in the conversation through group activities and plenary sessions.

You will have the opportunity to connect with a wide range of representatives of the sugarcane world, from farmers to end users, and listen to and learn from everyone’s perspective – plus working together in a creative way. We hope you will leave inspired, connected and with useful practical knowledge towards improved social, environmental and economic sugarcane sustainability.

Speakers include Marina Carlini (Raizen, Brazil), Dr Gopinathan (Solidaridad, India), and Mike Ogg (RMI consultant, Swaziland)


Day 1 Details

9.30am Registration  
10am Welcome remarks
10.30am Panel discussion - Lessons from expert practitioners - why were they successful?
11.10am Break
11.20am Group work - Getting stakeholders engaged and bought in
1pm Lunch
2pm Panel discussion - When and how to use collaboration and partnerships
2.40pm Group work - experiences of collaboration in and of embedding learning improvement processes
3.40pm Break
4pm Group feedback to plenary
4.40pm Reflection and key learning
5pm Close


Day 2 Details

8.30am Registration  
5.30pm-9pm Networking Drinks Reception Including Bonsucro Inspire Awards
9.30am Welcome remarks
9.40am Bonsucro update to Members - progress and priorities
10.40am Focus update on specific cane growing origin projects
11.25am Break
11.40am Unveiling Bonsucro Connect - our new technology platform
12.45pm Lunch
1.45pm Global Programmes: Progress, priorities and members' experiences
3.30pm Break
3.40pm Cluster consultation - have your say
4.30pm Feedback and open discussion with the CEO, Board and Members' Council
5.30pm Closing remarks

Day 2 - Have Your Say: Strengthening the change platform

Wednesday 30 November

On Day 2 of Bonsucro Week you will have the opportunity to learn about the latest updates from Bonsucro on what has been achieved over the past year and, to influence plans going forward.

You will have the chance to share with Bonsucro your feedback about what priorities should be focused on; what yours and Bonsucro’s role is in making change happen; and what could be done differently to be more effective.

During the day you will also have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of members actively engaged in change programmes, ask them questions and connect with them.

  • Speakers include Matt Kealley (Canegrowers, Australia), Ronald Gruendel (Bayer), Anthony Edmonds (Susfarms collaboration, South Africa), and Phil Mnisi (Swaziland Sugar Association, Swaziland)

Bonsucro Inspire Awards & Drinks Reception 

30 November 2016 // London, UK

Sponsored by Bacardi

Days 3 & 4 - Sustainable Sugarcane Conference - in partnership with Innovation Forum

Thursday 1 December – Friday 2 December

Bonsucro has teamed up with Innovation Forum, a leader in sustainability events and insights, to produce this forum, which is designed for all stakeholders in the sugar value chain to discuss the commercial opportunities of implementing sustainability and ethical initiatives, and the practicalities of how to do so.

A combination of practical working groups and interactive plenary sessions will get to the core of issues such as:

  • Transparency and traceability: understand your value chain through mapping to analyse where the risks and opportunities are
  • Human rights: implement programmes for continuous improvement, remove human rights risks and infringements on land rights, and eliminate child and forced labour
  • Smallholder farmers: understand the best practices that improve productivity and yield, and benefit the livelihoods of smallholders
  • Environmental pressures: information on proactively preparing sugar production for future and issues such as loss of biodiversity, climate change and water scarcity
  • Biofuels and ethanol: Insight into the increase in demand and what this means for sustainability in the industry

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