Do you know an individual, company or organisation that is making an exemplary contribution to sustainable sugarcane? Then we want to hear from you – nominations are now open for the eighth edition of the Bonsucro Inspire Awards.

The Awards recognise significant contributions towards achieving the Bonsucro mission: responsible sugarcane production creating lasting value for the people, communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all cane growing origins. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 at the Bonsucro Inspire Awards dinner in Bangkok, Thailand, during Bonsucro Global Week 2019 (11-14 March 2019).

This year there are four Bonsucro Inspire Awards:

Award for inspiring sustainability partnerships:

Collaboration is key to success. We will be looking for nominations of partnerships that resulted in a significant shift towards more sustainable production and/or processing of sugarcane in a certain region or country.

Award for ground-breaking innovations:

Innovation is a big driver of sustainability. Research, new methodologies of working, introducing high-tech technology and improved information services are all examples of how innovation can assist in improving sustainability in sugarcane production, milling or supply chains. We will be looking for nominees which developed ground-breaking and scalable innovations.

Award for excellence in sugarcane sustainability communications:

Creating effective and inspirational communications around sustainable sugarcane is important in ensuring impactful work is highlighted and celebrated, and in also increasing awareness of the opportunities and challenges facing sugarcane production around the world. Nominees need to demonstrate an effective communications piece or campaign that has contributed to advancing understanding of sustainable sugarcane practices, projects, or issues. We will be looking for examples that have shown engagement with a variety of audiences and regions.

Award for positive social impact:

Improving the lives of smallholders, workers and local communities is an important element of sustainable development in sugarcane production and processing. Nominees need to show how they have successfully contributed towards improving the quality of life and work for smallholders, workers and/or local communities.

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Judging criteria

Nominations will be judged based on:

> Specific contribution: we will be looking for the specific contribution of the nominated individual, organisation or partnership towards sustainable producer communities, assured supply chains and the sustainable sugarcane sector more widely, looking at significant change being achieved, engagement of other actors, influencing the sector (locally or more widely), innovation, and inspirational accomplishments;

> Collaboration with others: we are looking for examples of effective collaboration between different actors, being producers, buyers and/or enablers, in joining forces to bring about change towards a sustainable sugarcane sector. We are looking for evidence that the collaboration combined respective strengths to achieve more than could have been achieved by one organisation on its own;

> Impact: In all cases we are looking for evidence of impact and/or reach;

> Learning which others can build on: we are looking for an inspiring story and learning that can be used as a showcase to encourage others in their journey towards sustainability.

The nominations should refer to change achieved in the last year.

Nomination Process

Nominate an individual, organisation or partnership for one of the Bonsucro Inspire Awards using the relevant links above. The deadline for submission of nominations is 5 January 2019. Please feel free to share the link with colleagues and contacts.

Nominations are open and candidates do not have to be members of Bonsucro, or have their work directly linked to Bonsucro. You are invited to nominate any individual or organisation that you feel is worthy of this award. You are also welcome to nominate yourself.

The nominations will be assessed by the Awards Committee, made up of representatives of Bonsucro Member Council, who will select the Bonsucro Award winners for each category.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Award and nomination process, please contact Boudewijn Goossens on boudewijn@bonsucro.com.