Call for proposals: Responsible and sustainable sugarcane supply chain development in Pakistan

15th March 2022

Pakistan is the sixth largest cane producer in the world. The country produces around 1 million hectares of sugarcane, more than all other cane producing countries except Brazil, China, Cuba, India and Thailand. The number of mills in Pakistan has grown very fast – from two mills after World War II to more than 70 today. Although the industry is growing, Pakistan isn’t operating at its full milling capacity yet, meaning there’s potential for development.

Bonsucro is partnering with a fast moving consuming goods (FMCG) company to improve responsible sustainable sugarcane supply chains in Pakistan. The FMCG company has done a review of its its sugar supply chain in Pakistan and concluded that working conditions need to be improved. To address this, we’re looking for an external partner to collaborate with us on this project and help us to:

  1.  Develop the knowledge and capacity of six sugar mills in Pakistan in order to support the prevention of child labour and forced labour and to improve labour health and safety. Mills and select farms will be supported to address these systemic issues through a management systems approach, which will:• Assess gaps
    • Develop capacity
    • Build an action plan
    • Address identified gaps
    • Remediate the risks
    • Roll out the action plan
  2.  Implement Bonsucro requirements with a focus on human rights compliant practices at the sugar mill and select farmer levels.
  3. Identify government initiatives with the view to encouraging the mills and organisations to leverage these available programs for child labour referral and other corrective action, as required.

Interested consultants/organisations should contact Ritu Baruah for any queries regarding this opportunity. The closing date for submissions of proposals is 7 April 2022.

Download full details in the call for proposals.