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The Bonsucro Awards return for their sixth year to acknowledge, recognise and celebrate exemplary work in achieving transformative and innovative action in the sustainable sugarcane sector.

The Awards Ceremony is set to take place as part of the Drinks Reception on Wednesday 30 November in London. Nominations are now closed.

3 Bonsucro Inspire Awards

Awarded to organisations or individuals in recognition of their contribution in achieving transformative change. Nominations will be “open” and candidates do not necessarily have to be a member of Bonsucro and or their work directly linked to Bonsucro. What we are looking for is inspirational stories that others can learn from. The awards have been split into three categories celebrating individual or company achievements in their individual fields.

1. Continuous Improvement in Farming Practices

2. Continuous Improvement in Milling Practices

3. Buyers Supporting Transformational Change

In each case we are looking to celebrate either the work of an individual, or a team, or the contribution of a partnership. The nominations will be judged on:

1.

Learning that others can follow

In each case we are looking for an inspiring story and learning we can showcase to encourage others to achieve more.

2.

Specific contribution

If an individual or team is nominated we will be looking for the specific contribution of that individual or team in challenging accepted norms or Influencing and engaging at scale. For partnerships we are looking for evidence that the partnership combined their strengths to achieve more than could have been achieved by one team on its own.

3.

Impact

In all cases we are looking for evidence of impact and/or reach.

Valid timescales: The nominations should refer to change achieved since April 2015. Any history of change that has happened before that will be considered as additional information when making the award decision.

Last year’s winners

Continuous Improvement in Milling Practices: Mitr Phol

Criteria:

  • Mill led improvement programmes
    • Has the nominee demonstrated innovation and leadership in implementing improvement practices? For example: working without-growers, reforestation plans, enhancing social and labour rights, etc.
  • Positive engagement practices with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Supporting and facilitating change among peers

Highlights:

  • Leader in green cane harvesting in the country.
  • Mitr Phol group introduced Mitr Phol Modern Farm system to company farm and contract growers. This programme improves soil health, reduce soil compaction, reduce soil erosion, reduce chemical use and conserve the environment by trash blanket. A farm consolidation programme is also in place that will be benefits cane growers by reducing labor costs, increase mechanization efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and GHG.
  • The practices of Mitr Phol Modernfarm showed cane yield increase from 68 ton/ hectare by conventional practices to 125 ton/hectare. These practices have been widely used by growers from 500 hectare to more than 5,000 hectare recently.

Continuous Improvement in Farming Practices: Dr. Gopinathan Mambully.

Criteria:

  • Working in partnership in order to promote transnational change
    • Did the nominee show leadership in supporting and engaging with their supply chain, promote change through sourcing policies, etc
  • Actions that look at holistic approaches to sustainable sugarcane production, including cross cutting regions and sectors
  • Demonstrating leadership and commitment to promoting transformational change.

Highlights:

  • instrumental in designing, developing and implementing unique , innovative and integrated technology, farm management and financial literacy programmes ,customized to local needs and aligned with global for sustainable sugarcane production for small holder farmers in 14 sugar mill command areas representing 0.5 million farmers.
  • Sustainable sugarcane production Program initiated with leadership of Dr Gopinathan by two and half years covered 1,53,186 farmers in 8 sugar factories of which 29,411 were women farmers . Mill membership were increased from one to three and farmer member were increased to 214 from India
  • persistent efforts starting from 2005 onwards “better sugar for better business “ resulted for the first Bonsucro certification of small holder farmers based mill in the world in this year

Buyers Supporting Transformational Change: Coca Cola

Criteria:

  • Working in partnership in order to promote transnational change
    • Did the nominee show leadership in supporting and engaging with their supply chain, promote change through sourcing policies, etc
  • Actions that look at holistic approaches to sustainable sugarcane production, including cross cutting regions and sectors
  • Demonstrating leadership and commitment to promoting transformational change.

Highlights:

  • Demonstrated leadership and innovation by finding a novel solution for competing bottlers to share anonymously sensitive information crucial for the Chain of Custody in Brazil.
  • Buying Bonsucro Certified products and making claims
  • Changed its sourcing policies in Mexico to promote Bonsucro certification.
  • Demonstrated leadership by engaging with traders, bottlers and millers and highlighting the importance of sustainability. Through these actions many new members have joined Bonsucro.

If you have further questions regarding the Bonsucro Inspire Awards please contact Nahuel Tuñon on nahuel@bonsucro.com.

Process for nominations

Please note that nominations for the awards are now closed.

Nominating guidelines

The winners of the 3 categories of the Bonsucro Inspire Awards will be selected by representatives of the Members Council of Bonsucro. The nomination form will ask you to answer 4 specific questions, below are some prompting on what the judges will be looking for.

  1. Introduction & Background:
  • Background
  • Why this person/ team deserves the award
  • What was the objective and how was it achieved
  1. Learning that others can follow: In each case we are looking for an inspiring story and learning we can showcase to encourage others to achieve more.
  • What were the main lessons drawn from this experience
  • To what extent is this a model for others
  • To what degree has new ideas, technology, and/or audiences impacted thinking and action
  1. Specific contribution: If an individual or team is nominated we will be looking for the specific contribution of that individual or team in challenging accepted norms or influencing and engaging at scale. For partnerships, we are looking for evidence that the partnership combined their strengths to achieve more than could have been achieved by one team on its own.
  • Was there a particular problematic that was targeted, i.e a specific social issue with proven actions/outcomes
  • How did this person/ team / inspire others to act/ engage on the issue
  • How does it activate target audiences to engage at scale
  • Why was the partnership so effective
  • What enabled the person/ team to be successful
  • Did it succeed in changing established norms
  1. Impact: In all cases we are looking for evidence of impact and/or reach.
  • How and to what degree did it impact a specific social issue
  • Any figures of statistics you can mention
  • How many people did it reach / impact?

Bonsucro Inspire Awards & Drinks Reception 

29 November 2016 // London, UK

Sponsored by Bacardi

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