This year the Bonsucro Inspire Awards return for their eighth edition.

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.

This year, the awards are proudly sponsored by ACT Commodities.

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.

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

The deadline for submissions was 11 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.

“ACT is delighted to sponsor the Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2019. Recognising those people and organisations who are striving for a sustainable sugarcane industry is crucial, and it is for us a true honor to support these diverse set of committed actors through these Awards.

Jaap Janssen, CEO, ACT Commodities

More about ACT Commodities

Meet ACT Commodities, the Bonsucro Inspire Award 2019 Sponsors

Who is ACT?

Since 2009, ACT Commodities has been helping businesses around the world buy and sell environmental commodities for compliance and voluntary purposes.

ACT is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands with offices in New York and China. From these three locations ACT serves more than 5,000 customers all over the world, helping companies achieve environmental compliance and meet voluntary environmental goals.

Why sponsor the Inspire Awards?

ACT Commodities wants to be part and effectively add value to the Bonsucro journey towards more responsible produced sugarcane. Our unique experience and proven success in similar markets covering both agriculture, energy and the carbon sector has clearly shown that we can create a win–win situation between both producers as buyers, who wants to support certified production in a direct way thanks to the Bonsucro Credit Trading System.

ACT and Bonsucro Credits

Bonsucro’s Credit Trading System is an opportunity for companies to meet their sustainable sourcing goals, support certified Bonsucro mills and invest in continuous improvement to address key issues. Bonsucro members can buy Bonsucro Credits, and then make a public claims.

ACT Commodities is making this system even easier and more impactful through supporting and promoting true collaboration between certified producers end interested buyers. ACT Commodities has worked in a similar manner with other sustainability standards to increase credit trades and deliver impact. ACT developed its unique way of approaching credit schemes by, for example, supporting and developing the Round Table for Responsible Soy (RTRS).

How can ACT help?

ACT facilitates Bonsucro Credit purchases between certified sugarcane mills and corporate companies, creating value through simplicity for all parties involved, helping them with their strategy, executing, marketing and translating the impact of their action from the producer to the end customer.
If you’re interested in purchasing Bonsucro Credits, you can get in touch with ACT’s Jorn Schouten at JSchouten@actcommodities.com