Winners announced at Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2022

20th October 2022

Today, at Bonsucro Global Week, we announced this year’s winners of our Bonsucro Inspire Awards. These awards recognise the exceptional contributions made by our members to accelerate the sustainable production and use of sugarcane, this year focusing on initiatives in four different categories. Thank you to UPL Ltd for sponsoring the Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2022.  

“Congratulations to the winners for their fantastic achievement. Each of them has demonstrated great innovation and impact.” – Danielle Morley, CEO at Bonsucro

Best value chain sustainability initiative 

We received entries from members who have been working to ensure the resilience and sustainability of their supply chains through a number of initiatives.  

This year, the winning initiative is 

Muda Cana – ORPLANA, in partnership with Solidaridad Brasil 

The programme aims to offer sugarcane producers technical assistance to meet their demands, promoting good practices, technical training and sustainable management. It has resulted in more than 9,000 producers benefiting from the improvement of services and more than 7,000 people trained on topics related to sugarcane cultivation. 


Best environmental sustainability initiative 

Many of our members are going the extra mile to minimise their environmental impact through a variety of environmental sustainability initiatives. 

This year, the winning initiative is

SOS Fire (SOS Incêndios) – Canaoeste, in partnership with GMG Ambiental 

This project is aimed at fighting fires in sugarcane and native vegetation areas on rural properties, building a network with approximately 3,000 rural properties with fire control equipment. Due to this initiative, there was a significant improvement of fire safety for members of Canaoeste, since they are up to date with the current environmental legislation and are performing good practices to avoid fire outbreaks in sugarcane plantations.


Best social sustainability initiative 

It’s important that our members identify and address the social issues in their supply chains. It’s encouraging to see initiatives in place that are driving decent work and safer conditions in sugarcane farming and milling. 

This year, the winning initiative is  

Integrated ARBO Child Labour and PPE Programme (IACAP) – Sugar Industry Foundation Inc. (SIFI) in partnership with Proforest, Nestle and ASR Group

This project focuses on institutionalising the prevention of child labour and promotion of appropriate PPE use among farmer organisations. Last year, an estimated 350 farmers from 21 ARBOs participated, of which 75% are children. Through these activities, children (and parents) are made to become more aware of their rights and the ill-effects of hazardous labour. 25 ARBOs have passed policies on PPE use and preventing child labour, and have received training on child labour, proper PPE use, institutionalizing IACAP and how to conduct monitoring.


Best evidence of continuous improvement 

Continuous improvement is at the centre of the Bonsucro Strategic Plan 2021-2026. Each year, we ask our members to report on their commitments, progress and plans on sustainable production, processing and sourcing in the annual ‘Continuous Improvement Report.’ The organisations that scored highest in our Continuous Improvement Report and received this years’ Best evidence of continuous improvement awards are  


Usina São Luiz 

 “I was amazed at the amount and [the] quality of work the teams had put into their approach and presentations” – Shivaaneey Rai, ChiniMandi and judge of Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2022

The Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2022 were judged by a panel of experts in social and environmental sustainability. We thank them for their time and effort in the process. All scores were submitted to Bonsucro confidentially. You can find more information about the judges here. 

You can find out more about the Bonsucro Inspire Awards here.