Day 1

Membership Day

Monday 15 Jan

09:00 – 10:00

Registration

Registration Desk, Crowne Plaza Managua

10:00 – 10:20

Welcome Address

Diane Stevenson, Chair Bonsucro Members’ Council

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

10:20 – 11:15

Bonsucro: Year in Review

Sven Sielhorst, Bonsucro, Director Global Programmes

Overview of the achievements, progress, and challenges of the Bonsucro year to date. Includes Q & A Session – an opportunity for members to ask any question to the Bonsucro management team about Bonsucro’s actions and achievements since the previous Bonsucro Week.

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

11:15 – 11:30

Coffee Break

Conference Hall/Lobby, Crowne Plaza

11:30 – 12:30

Focused Feedback Sessions

Breakout groups will create structured feedback on performance and possibilities for improvement. Each group will reflect on 4 focus areas.

Crowne Plaza Managua

Focus 1

Community

Room 1

Focus 2

Performance Improvement

Room 2

Focus 3

Performance Validation

Room 3

12:30 – 13:00

Plenary Report From Feedback Sessions

Each break out group will summarise its feedback for the entire group.

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch break

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

14:30 – 15:30

Bonsucro: Planning For Success In 2018/19

Miguel Hernández, Bonsucro, Director Latin America, & Sven Sielhorst, Bonsucro, Director Global Programmes

Overview of Bonsucro’s suggested priorities and plans for the next year, and feedback session.

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

15:30 – 16:15

Bonsucro in the Region

Breakout groups will discuss the needs, risks and opportunities per region, looking at how the Bonsucro network can maximise its on-the-ground effectiveness.

Crowne Plaza Managua

Focus 1

Latin America

Room 1

Focus 2

Africa and Middle East

Room 2

Focus 3

Asia and Pacific

Room 3

Focus 4

Europe and North America

Room 4

16:15 – 16:30

Coffee Break

Conference Hall/Lobby, Crowne Plaza

16:30 – 17:15

Leveraging The Power Of The Network

Representatives from the Bonsucro Members’ Council 

Bonsucro’s Membership Council will lead a discussion on how members can collaborate more effectively to drive towards validated impact.

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

17:15 – 17:45

Q & A Session: Ask the Board

An opportunity for members to ask the Board any questions they may have.

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

17:45 – 18:00

Closing Remarks

Diane Stevenson, Chair, Bonsucro Members’ Council

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

18:15 – 20:15

Cocktail Reception

Screening of the film “Angel in the Cane” – Solidaridad

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Day 2

Conference

Tuesday 16 Jan

08:30 – 09:30

Registration

Registration Desk, Crowne Plaza Managua

09:30 – 10:00

Opening Address

Carlos Pellas, Grupo Pellas, Nicaragua

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

10:00 – 10:30

Keynote Speech: How the global sugarcane industry can help meet the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals

Tomás Regalado Papini, Fundazucar, El Salvador

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

10:30 – 11:15

Panel Discussion On Labour Related Challenges For Producers

Facilitated by Miguel Hernández, Bonsucro

 

César Ochoa, Confederación Nacional Campesina, México

Matt Kealey, CANEGROWERS, Australia

Claudia Asensio, Pantaleon Group, Guatemala

Celso Albano, ORPLANA, Brazil

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

11:15 – 11:45

Coffee Break sponsored by ED&F Man

Conference Hall/Lobby, Crowne Plaza

11:45 – 12:15

Challenges In Recruiting Migrant Labourers

Neill Wilkins, Institute for Human Rights & Business, UK

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

12:15 – 12:40

Labour: What’s At Stake For Buyers?

Alissa Marturano, MARS WRIGLEY CONFECTIONARY, USA

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

12:40 – 13:00

Reflections On The Morning Sessions

Miguel Hernández, Bonsucro

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch break

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

14:30 – 14:50

Boots On The Ground: Labour Improvements In The Dominican Republic

Victoria Canto, Consorcio Azucarero de Empresas Industriales, Dominican Republic

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

14:50 – 15:00

Mechanisation Of Field Work: Cracking The Dilemma

Short film about Projeto RenovAção in Brazil

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

15:00 – 15:40

Panel Discussion: What Investments Are Needed To Make Labour In Sugarcane 21st Century Proof?

Facilitated by Sven Sielhorst, Bonsucro

 

Farzin Mirmotahari, International Finance Corporation, USA (TBC)

Vera Fenske, DEG, Germany 

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

15:40 – 16:00

Boots On The Ground: Investing In My Field Staff

Anthony Edmonds, Donovale Farm, South Africa

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

16:00 – 16:20

Coffee Break

Conference Hall/Lobby, Crowne Plaza

16:20 – 16:40

Boots On The Ground: The Experience of a Labour Union in Central America

Noé Gilberto Nério, Red de Sindicatos de trabajadores azucareros de Centro América, El Salvador

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

16:40 – 17:10

Panel Discussion: Voluntary Verification Of Labour Conditions

Gilbert Ramirez, Fairtrade

Karimah Hudda, Mondelez, USA

Jaime Gareca Rossell, Ingenio Guabirá, Bolivia

Esteban Flego, Peterson Consulting, Argentina

Arisa Goldstone, Ulula, Canada

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

17:10 – 17:30

Boots on the ground: Empowering Women Through Sugarcane

Suyapa Saldivar, Solidaridad, Honduras

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

17:30 – 17:45

Reflections On The Day

Mario Amador, Comité Nacional de Productores de Azúcar (CNPA), Nicaragua

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

20:00 – 00:30

Bonsucro Awards Dinner

Intermezzo del Bosque Restaurant

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Intermezzo del Bosque Restaurant

Day 3

Conference

Wednesday 17 Jan

08:30 – 09:00

Registration

Registration Desk, Crowne Plaza Managua

09:00 – 09:30

Opening Address & Instructions For the Day

Diane Stevenson, CSC Sugar, USA

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

09:45 – 10:45

Bonsucro Living Room Sessions 1

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

Session 1

Pushing the Limit

Focus: Technical advances in growing and milling sugarcane

Room 1

Matt Kealley, Canegrowers

Celso Albano, ORPLANA

Carlos Garcia, Solidaridad

Session 2

Driving Decent Work

Focus: Extreme working and living conditions

Room 2

Denis Chavarria, NSEL

Jason Glaser, LIN

Mario René Hernández, GAM

Session 3

The Power of Procurement

Focus: Preferential trade finance

Room 3

Farzin Mirmotahari, International Finance Corporation

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break sponsored by ACT Commodities

Conference Hall/Lobby, Crowne Plaza

11:15 – 12:30

Parallel Bonsucro Clinics

Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

Focus 1

Introduction into Bonsucro Certification (Production Standard)

Room 1

Focus 2

Regional Programme India

Room 2

Focus 3

Measuring Bonsucro’s Effectiveness for Better Business Insights

Room 3

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break

Conference Hall/Lobby, Crowne Plaza

14:00 – 15:00

Bonsucro Living Room Sessions 2

Crowne Plaza Managua

Session 1

Pushing the Limit 2

Focus: Using Information Technology in Cane-growing

Room 1

Michael Ogg, RMI

Bruno Rangel, Socicana 

Session 2

Driving Decent Work 2

Focus: Eliminating Child Labour

Room 2

Maximiliano Camiro, CNIAA (TBC)

Jaime Gareca, Ingenio Guabirá (TBC)

Session 3

Power of Procurement 2

Focus: Driving SDG Impacts through Sugarcane

Room 3

Natasha Schwarzbach, PepsiCo

Julie Francoeur, Fairtrade, Canada

15:00 – 15:45

Parallel Bonsucro Clinics 2

Crowne Plaza Managua

Focus 1

Get to Know Bonsucro Connect Better

Room 1

Focus 2

Bonsucro Smallholder Standard

Room 2

Focus 3

Benchmark & Endorsement

Room 3

Focus 4

Using the Bonsucro Playbook

Room 4

15:45 – 16:15

Coffee Break

Conference Hall/Lobby, Crowne Plaza

16:15 – 17:15

Bonsucro Living Room Session 3

Crowne Plaza Managua

Session 1

Pushing the Limit 3

Focus: Experiences in Bonsucro Certification

Room 1

Maria del Mar Maldonado, Agroindustrial Laredo

Victoria Canto, CAEI (TBC)

Session 2

Driving Decent Work 3

Focus: Bringing out the Worker Voice

Room 2

Laura Keen, Fairtrade USA

Arisa Goldstone, Ulula

Session 3

Power of Procurement 3

Focus: Pathways to Assured Product

Room 3

Ben Jordan, The Coca-Cola Company (TBC)

Karimah Hudda, Mondelez

Meredith Smith, ED&F Man 

17:15 – 17:30

Closing Remarks

Miguel Hernández, Bonsucro

Crowne Plaza Managua

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Day 4

FIELD TRIPS

Thursday 18 Jan

05:30 – 06:00

Registration

Registration Desk, Crowne Plaza Managua

06:00 – 08:30

Travel to San Antonio Mill (Breakfast included onboard)

Bus

08:30 – 9:00

Welcome Presentation

Arrival at the Adela Cinema facilities at Ingenio San Antonio (Pre-preparation field visit)

San Antonio Mill

09:00 – 12:00

Agricultural Visits

(Rotation of groups visiting agricultural activities)

  • Trip to Field; Manual cane cutting and herbicide application
  • Visit to the Safe Water Distribution Center and Moisturizing Beverage Factory
  • Visit to the Laboratory for Biological Pest Control
  • Visit to Model ISA College
  • Visit to Alfredo Pellas Hospital

San Antonio Mill

12:00 – 12:30

Move to San Antonio Club House

San Antonio Mill

12:30 – 14:30

Lunch Break

San Antonio Club House

14:30 – 14:50

Bus Trip to San Antonio Mill

Bus

14:50 – 16:00

San Antonio Mill Tour

San Antonio Mill

16:00 – 18:30

Flor de Cana Tour

Drinks and Food provided

SER Licorera

18:30 – 20:30

Return to Managua

Bus

San Antonio Mill

Flor De Cana Tour

Day 5

Field  Trips

Friday 19 Jan

05:30 – 06:00

Registration

Registration Desk, Crowne Plaza Managua

06:00 – 08:30

Travel to Monte Rosa Mill (Breakfast included onboard)

Bus

08:30 – 09:00

Arrival and Welcome to Toro Blanco

Toro Blanco Club House

09:00 – 12:00

Agricultural Visits

(Rotation of groups visiting agricultural activities)

  • Visit Manual Cut
  • Visit Mechanized Cut
  • Visit Precision Agriculture

Monte Rosa Mill

12:00 – 12:30

Bus Trip to Toro Blanco (Monte Rosa Club House)

Bus

12:30 – 14:30

Lunch Break

Toro Blanco Club House

14:45 – 15:00

Bus Trip to Monte Rosa Mill

Bus

15:00 – 16:30

Monte Rosa Mill Tour & Visit Hydrating Drinks Plant

Monte Rosa Mill

16:30 – 17:00

Bus Trip to Country Club of Chinandega

Bus

17:00 – 22:30

Closing Dinner Party at the Country Club of Chinandega (optional)

Country Club of Chinandega

22:30 – 01:00

Return to Managua

Buses returning to Managua will be available starting at 20:00

Bus to Conference Hall, Crowne Plaza Managua

Monte Rosa Mill

Country Club Chinandega