Bonsucro reserves the right to make alterations to the programme as circumstances require.

12:30-17:00 Registration

Come to pick up your delegate pass and conference materials, and say hello to the Bonsucro team. 

We will be closing online registration at 12:00pm midnight (Mexican Time) on 18 May. If you wish to register after this, we will offer in-person registration at our registration desk. 


17:00-18:00 Optional networking

Ahead of the drinks reception, we will run a networking activity to help our attendees get to know each other.


18:00-21:00 Welcome drinks

Meet your fellow delegates during our opening drinks reception. 

09:00 Welcome - Chair of Bonsucro

Mr Kiran Wadhwana, the new Chair of Bonsucro’s board, will address the audience to begin Bonsucro Global Week. He will talk about the role of Bonsucro as the global sustainability platform for sugarcane, and the importance of coming together to learn from each other’s experiences.

Kiran Wadhwana, Chair, Bonsucro Board of Directors

09:15 Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony marks the start of the Bonsucro Global Week conference programme. Key players in the Mexican sugarcane sector will welcome delegates to Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos – the sugarcane region in Mexico known for excellent yields and high sucrose content. They will provide insights into how Mexico takes a collaborative approach to sustainability and why that breeds success. That includes: understanding the significance of smallholder farmers; how the national farmers’ unions help connect the farmers with the mills and global brands; and how the government takes a proactive role to ensure the sector adapts as needed. By working together, they ensure that Mexico remains one of the biggest producing sugarcane producing countries in the world.

Issac Cain Lazcano, Director de Relaciones Institucionales, CNIAA

Javier Sanchéz, Presidente, Unión Nacional de Productores de Caña de Azúcar, A. C.

José Américo Saviñón Sánchez – Secretario de Conflictos y Conciliación, UNC, A.C. – CNPR,

Luis Ramiro Garcia, Director General, Comité Nacional para el Desarrollo Sustentable de la Caña de Azúcar

09:35 Bonsucro CEO opening address

Danielle Morley, Bonsucro’s CEO, will share reflections on the sector and progress that we have collectively made to drive sustainability since Bonsucro Global Week in Brazil in October 2022. She will share some highlights, achievements, and ideas on where the sector is heading. She will also outline her expectations for the week and the event.

Danielle Morley, CEO, Bonsucro

09:50 One community, many voices

This first plenary will set the tone and ambition for the conference.

Our panelists will explore whether it is possible to have one shared agenda on sustainability in the sugarcane sector given the many different production conditions, sector maturity and market access and opportunities.

Alex Bjork, Senior Director, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund

André Valente, Head of Sustainability, Raízen

Juan Carlos Fernandez, CEO, Central America Sugar Association – AICA

Diane Stevenson, Director of Sustainability, CSC Sugaright 

Karen Thivya Lourdes, Global Sustainable Sourcing Lead, Sugar & Coconut, Nestlé

11:15 Coffee break

11:45 Deep dive into Mexican sugarcane sector

Mexico is one of the main sugar producers worldwide and a priority partner for one of the largest markets: the United States. The importance of the sector, however, is matched by its complexity. Cane production is based on smallholders who, together with the mills, are the key actors in achieving sustainability. At the same time, new opportunities for sugarcane derivatives are emerging in fields such as beauty products, spirits drinks and biofuels.

Hear from local industry experts about the challenges that the Mexican sugarcane industry is facing, and what their sustainability roadmap looks like.

Luis Ramiro Garcia, Director, National Committee for Sugarcane

Maricruz Rodriguez, Sustainable and Human Rights Manager Americas, Mars Wrigley

Benjamín Sandoval, Country Manager for Mexico, Bonsucro

13:00 Certification stories from around the world: Brazil

For many producers, achieving Bonsucro certification is the culmination of several years of hard-work and investment. Bonsucro Global Week will be punctuated by short certification stories from around the world.

Fabio Soldera, Sustainability Manager, Canaoeste

13:15 Lunch

14:45 Breakout sessions


Are high sugar prices bad for sustainability? What does regenerative agriculture mean and why is it important?  Workshop: Achieving Bonsucro 5.2 certification – what have we learnt so far?
When sugar prices are high, are buyers reluctant to pay more for sustainable sugarcane? What do you think?

We are bringing a lively debate on a challenging topic to Bonsucro Global Week. In this session we are going to ask how market conditions and prices impact sustainability in the sugarcane sector. Is there more return on investment or value for certified products for different actors in the supply chain?

Kiran Wadhwana, Bonsucro Board of Directors

Steffany Bermudez, Policy Advisor, Sustainability Standards, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Ines Amenabar Cordon, Corporate Responsible Development, Grupo Pantaleon

What does regenerative agriculture actually mean?

There are many different approaches and theories. But for the sugarcane sector to align on the subject, should we work with one approach? In this session, we will first hear from subject experts on the different definitions of regenerative agriculture, before asking different supply chain actors about their strategies for building and contributing to regenerative systems. These actors include an agriculture solutions company, a large-scale farmer and a big global brand.

Robyn Cooper, Crops Manager, SAI Platform

Thiago Fraga, Vice President New Ag Business Development, Yara

Robert Quirk, Independent Farmer from Australia

The Bonsucro Standards and Assurance team will lead an interactive workshop with certification bodies and mills on the implementation of version 5.2 of the Bonsucro Production Standard. During this workshop, we will identify common challenges, and create a space for the audience to share their experiences and enable us to learn from each other and come up with practical solutions.

Paula de Donati Porto, Standards Manager, Bonsucro

16:00 Coffee break

16:30 Member-only town hall meeting

This is a fantastic opportunity for our members to interact with the Board and the Members’ Council – the body representing them among Bonsucro’s governance. Members will have the chance to share their priorities and the challenges they are facing. They will also have the chance to offer their views on how Bonsucro can remain relevant, continue to convene the sector to drive change, and deliver value for our global community.

16:30 Embracing innovation, how we can utilise technology to track, test, and transform sustainable practices in sugarcane

With growing concerns about the impact of the climate on sugarcane production, it’s clear that we cannot continue with business as usual. Weather patterns are changing and yields are unpredictable – the time to act is now! But to really transform the sector, it’s time to embrace some of the innovations and technologies available. In this session, we hear from sugarcane farmers and millers that are trialling new approaches with the use of data and technology. We will also hear from organisations offering solutions.

18:00 Free time

There are no official activities planned. Delegates are free to make their own plans or schedule their own meetings.

09:00 Plenary: From field to fuel, from farm to plate: is it possible and profitable to make sustainable sugarcane more traceable?

Traceability is an important way for procurement teams to know the sugarcane products they are buying are sustainable. Traceability also allows companies to be transparent about their sustainability performance and the concrete actions they are undertaking to reduce their social and environmental supply chain risks. This session looks into the feasibility of tracing sugar, ethanol, and molasses back to origin. We will hear more about some of the innovations that are being piloted in our sector and beyond.

Julia Clark, Director, Sugar Ethics, Tate & Lyle Sugars 

Julian Fox, Director, Nature Programmes, Tetra Pak

Roshan Tamak, Executive Director & CEO – Sugar Business, DCM Shriram

Martin Clemesha, Technical Advocacy Lead, Braskem

10:15 Certification stories from around the world: Mexico

For many producers, achieving Bonsucro certification is the culmination of several years of hard-work and investment. Bonsucro Global Week will be punctuated by short certification stories from around the world.

10:30 Spotlight on sustainable fuels

Transportation is one of the biggest polluters and accounts for around a quarter of global energy-related CO2 emissions. But the shift away from fossil fuels in the transport sector is no longer a pipe dream, new developments are being announced at a rapid pace.

Looking to bio-based fuels creates opportunities for sugarcane farmers and millers. In this session, we look at how sustainable aviation and maritime fuels are creating new market opportunities.

Beatriz Millet, Sustainability Executive Manager, Copersucar

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Breakout sessions


All things ethanol and the state of sustainability Taking advantage of global trends – driving responsibility in rum Workshop: Deep dive into Bonsucro’s ClimateCane Tracker
Sustainable aviation fuels, second generation biofuels, and blending mandates all gaining momentum, but not all biofuels are created equal. If companies are looking to cut their use of fossil fuels and switch to plant-based ethanol, it’s essential to consider how these plants, like sugarcane, are produced. Luckily, with these shifts in the market, we’re seeing a positive impact on sustainable ethanol. In fact, Bonsucro-certified ethanol increased by 19% between the 2020-21 season and the 2021-22 season. We’re also seeing an increase in the trade of certified ethanol. But we believe there is a lot of potential for our members still to be unlocked. In this session, we look at how Bonsucro is engaging with aviation fuels, biofuels, and policy around blending. We will look to our expert panel to discuss how the Bonsucro system needs to evolve to help support the transition away from fossil fuels.

Amance Boutin, Editor de Combustíveis Brasil – Brazil Motor Fuels Editor

Monique Mayumi Suguitani, Certification and Integrated Management System Coordinator, BP Bunge

Michelle Morton, Independent Consultant

Rafael Seixas, Senior Membership Manager, Bonsucro

Vijay Nirani, Managing Director, MRN Group

According to Market Data Forecast, the global rum market was worth $15bn in 2020 and it’s predicted to grow to $21.5bn by 2025. A global rise in popularity for rum is good news for sugarcane producers. But if brands aren’t doing adequate due diligence on their supply chains, they could be buying sugarcane from producers that have poor working conditions, human rights violations and who contribute to damaging the environment. In this session, we delve into the trends in the molasses and rum sectors, including how new consumer trends and regulatory developments. We will also look at how Bonsucro members and the wider community can take advantage of rum’s popularity, and lead the way in making the sector more responsible.

Sasha-Monique Elvik, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Vinmonopolet

Ruth Ascencio, Head of Central America, Mexico and Caribbean, Bonsucro

Our ClimateCane Tracker helps sugarcane farms and mills, and the companies that source from them, to set a target and a clear pathway for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from sugarcane production in line with what’s needed to maintain a stable climate. It includes emissions from land management and land-use change, as well as on-farm carbon removals. During this workshop, we give attendees the chance to explore the tool and how it works.

Mike Ogg, Head of Africa and the Middle East, Bonsucro 

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Certification stories from around the world

For many producers, achieving Bonsucro certification is the culmination of several years of hard-work and investment. Bonsucro Global Week will be punctuated by short certification stories from around the world.

Spiber Inc., is an innovative Japanese biotechnology company that manufactures Brewed Protein by a fermentation process using Bonsucro certified sugar as an ingredient. The final product is a highly resistant fiber that is already being used by different clothing brands, including North Face and Goldwin. They recently became chain of custody certified so they could credibly communicate the sustainability credentials of their Brewed Protein. In this session we will hear about this innovative product, its fascinating qualities, such as being able to biodegrade through enzymatic digestion in various environments including seawater,  and why Spiber decided to become Bonsucro certified.

David Lips, Frontier Development, Spiber Inc

14:15 Plenary: Beyond due diligence and the importance of tapping into the power of collective action to protect and respect human rights in the sugarcane sector

Challenges around human rights still exist in some sugarcane supply chains, and so due diligence processes to identify, mitigate, and account for human rights risks and impacts are important. But to what extent is human rights due diligence already embedded in the sugarcane value chain? And is what exists enough to improve the sector’s performance on human rights?  We will use this time to consider how we can encourage more collective action to address the systemic challenges that are at the root of many business-related human rights impacts.  Our experienced panellists will provide examples of their projects, innovations, and the importance of partnerships to create change.

Ryan Carrington, Senior International Labor Advisor for Trade Policy, U.S. Department of Labor 

Magnolia Matus Rodriguez, Manager for EQUAL project, World Vision Mexico

Isabella Tonaco, Bonsucro Board of Directors

15:15 Coffee break

15:45 Breakout sessions


Showcasing the Bonsucro Impact Fund How can we harness the power of the finance sector to strengthen the business case for sustainability and Bonsucro certification? Workshop:  Building out Bonsucro’s Smallholder Roadmap
The Bonsucro Impact Fund supports projects that address critical sustainability challenges in the sugarcane sector. The Fund has been running for two years , awarded 14 grants supporting climate action, smallholder farmers, and human rights and decent work in the sector. In this session, you can see some of the projects come to life. Hear from grantees on how they have used the funding, and how the Bonsucro Impact Fund creates opportunities to learn from one another through its community of practice.

Michelle Morton, Independent Chair of Bonsucro Impact Fund Project Selection Committee

Guilherme Martins, Customer Service Manager, Arable

Acacio Masson Filho, Director of Sustainability, Assobari

We know from experience that when Bonsucro members and supporters collaborate with the finance sector, it delivers real business benefits for both parties. This session will present three case studies illustrating how these win-win relationships can be established, replicated and scaled.

André Valente, Head of Sustainability, Raízen

Norma Tregurtha, Director of Engagement and Markets, Bonsucro

Rafael Bordonal Kalaki, CEO, Socicana –Sugarcane growers association of Guariba



Some of the world’s biggest sugarcane producing countries rely on smallholder farmers for most of their production volume, including Mexico, Thailand, India and Pakistan. To widen access to certification, we created a Production Standard for Smallholder Farmers in 2018. We recognise that to remain inclusive, we need to continuously adapt how we work and engage with those farmers producing sugarcane on a small scale. In this session we ask how we can hear from people on the ground, shift our focus, and ensure our systems work across the world, while also considering what we can learn from other sustainability schemes.

Andrés Schramm, CNPR, Mexico

Roshan Tamak – CEO, DCM Shriram

Thirach Rungruangkanokkul, Head of Asia-Pacific, Bonsucro

17:00 Reflections from the week so far

After two days of thought provoking and insightful discussions, our CEO, Danielle Morley, will reflect on what we’ve learned. She will capture some of the lessons, ideas of what we can take away, and reflections on what lies ahead, and how we can ensure that the sugarcane sector remains viable and always striving to improve.

Danielle Morley, CEO, Bonsucro

17:30 - 19:30 Free time

Free time between the conference agenda and the Bonsucro Inspire Awards.

19:30 -22:30 Bonsucro Inspire Awards

Find out who wins the Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2024 and celebrate their success at the ceremony and dinner.

Field trip: Biofábrica Siglo XXI

This year Bonsucro Week attendees have the opportunity to visit Biofabrica Siglo XXI, one of the leading agro-biotechnological companies in Mexico. Through the development of agrobiotechnical alternatives they are encouraging more ecological, sustainable and profitable agricultural production models.

Attendees will learn about Biofabrica’s current project, supported by the Bonsucro Impact Fund, which focuses on restoring soil fertility and health through regenerative agriculture.

Agenda for the visit:

07:30 – Transfer from hotel to Biofábrica

08:00 – Welcome

Biofábrica will welcome attendees to their offices and laboratory. The team will talk about their results from work to improve the profitability and sustainability of agricultural production with the use of biofertilisers. They will specifically focus on a project awarded a grant from the Bonsucro Impact Fund, which has been carried out with their partners, The Coca-Cola Company and the National Sugar Cane Growers Union – CNPR.

Delegates will rotate around different stations in groups.

Tour of Biofábrica’s laboratory: Delegates will learn about the development process for Biofábrica’s products, made from beneficial microorganisms, such as fungi and bacteria, through the use of biotechnology.

Syngenta: a provider of agricultural science and technology, in particular seeds and pesticides. Delegates will hear how they are working together with Biofábrica to incorporate biofertilisers in commercial packages for sugarcane, and their approach to sustainability.

Proforest: a non-profit organisation supporting companies, governments, civil society and other organisations to work towards responsible production and sourcing. Delegates will hear about the importance of collaboration between partners, and why protective production practices and equipment is increasingly vital as the world heats up.

Farmer: delegates will get the chance to meet a farmer and learn about his experiences using biofertilisers, and their impact on yields.


Lunch will be provided during the day.

14:30 – Bus to depart for Mexico City, stopping at the Fiesta Americana Hacienda San Antonio el Puente for anyone that doesn’t want onward travel to Mexico City.