The Bonsucro Inspire Awards celebrate our members' outstanding efforts to drive sustainability in the sugarcane sector. Does this sound like your organisation? Read on to find out more and apply!


Sponsored by UPL

What are the Bonsucro Inspire Awards?

This year marks 10 years of the Bonsucro Inspire Awards. These awards will recognise the exceptional contributions made by our members to accelerate the sustainable production and use of sugarcane. We’ve seen significant progress made towards the achievement of sustainability goals in the sector. However, with rising global temperatures, diminishing natural resources, and environmental damage threatening the stability of the supply chains around the world, it’s more important than ever for the sector to come together to respond to these challenges. We want to hear from our members who are tackling the problems facing their regions by thinking innovatively, finding creative solutions, and sharing this knowledge with others.

We’re looking to shine a light on those serving as a source of sustainability inspiration for the whole sugarcane sector. For 2022, we’re proud to present three award categories that connect with our strategic objectives:

  1. Create value across the supply chain
  2. Improve the environmental impact of sugarcane
  3. Strengthen human rights and decent work in sugarcane farming and milling

Inspire Awards Categories 2022

1. Best value chain initiative

Has your organisation been implementing initiatives that transform the sugarcane value-chain? We want to recognise members who have been working to ensure the resilience and sustainability of their supply chains. From stimulating market demand for sustainable products and improving the productivity of production processes, to convening the sector through collaborations and campaigns – we want to hear from you!  Examples of projects could include: a diversified product line, an awareness-raising campaign, or the creation of a strategic partnership.

2. Best environmental initiative

Has your organisation been working to minimise its environmental impact? We’re looking to award those going above and beyond to make their operations more environmentally sustainable. From production and processing, to packaging and distribution, we want to hear about initiatives that tackle climate change, identify solutions, and build climate resilience. Examples could include projects on: reducing GHG emissions, water stewardship, soil health, regenerative agriculture and ecosystems, biodiversity, sustainable packaging, and much more!

3. Best social sustainability initiative

Have you been identifying and addressing social issues in your supply chains? We want to hear from our members who have been driving decent work and safer conditions in sugarcane farming and milling. Tell us about your projects to rectify social issues in your supply chains and communities – examples could include projects that: improve gender equality, address labour issues, or contribute to workers’ health and safety.

*Continuous Improvement Award*

Continuous improvement is at the centre of the Bonsucro Strategic Plan 2021-2026. Each year, we’re asking our members to report on their commitments, progress and plans on sustainable production, processing and sourcing in the annual ‘Continuous Improvement Report.’

The report is not just an accountability tool; it also offers visibility on where members are on their journey and allows us to support them with their next steps.

We want to recognise those committed to their continuous improvement. This award will be given to the organisation who scores highest in our Continuous Improvement Report.

*Note* members do not need to submit an entry – all those who submit their report will be automatically considered for the award.

Why enter?

We want to recognise the outstanding work being done by our members to promote sustainability throughout the sugarcane supply chain. Entering the Bonsucro Inspire Awards is a great opportunity to showcase the work of your organisation at the leading event for sugarcane sustainability – Bonsucro Global Week. Entrants and shortlisted contestants will receive publicity and exposure through our extensive network through the following prizes:

All entries

Feedback from the judging panel which can be used in communications materials


Shortlisted entries (x3 in each category)

Logo and project summary on the Bonsucro Awards page of the Bonsucro Global Week website

Included in a post for each category on our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts

A shortlisted logo to use on your website/social media/email signatures

A mention in our Bonsucro Global Week newsletter

A feature in the at the Awards Dinner

Shortlisted certificate


Winners (x1 in each category)

A summary of their initiatives on the Bonsucro Global Week website

Inclusion in a press release announcing the award winners

A winner’s logo to use on your website/social media/email signatures

A feature in Bonsucro Global Week newsletter

An feature piece published on our website

Bonsucro Inspire Awards 2022 trophy

Eligibility Criteria

To submit an entry to the Bonsucro Awards, your organisation must:

  • Be a Bonsucro member
  • Submit an entry specifically related to a sugarcane project
  • Have started the initiative no more than 3 years ago (no earlier than 2019)

What are we looking for?

Our judging panel will be scoring award submissions against the following criteria:


How did you identify the need/opportunity for the initiative? How well does the initiative respond to the identified issue/opportunity?


How were others involved/consulted throughout the process? Did you form any key strategic alliances or partnerships?


What was the overall impact of the initiative? How did you collect and measure this data?


What are the key lessons learnt from the project? How do you plan to share your learnings? What challenges did you overcome?

Frequently Asked Questions


The word limit in the form is there to guide the length of your answers to the questions. If you have additional information that you would like to share with the judges, you can add supporting documentation at the end of the submission form.

No, organisations can only submit one entry for the Bonsucro Inspire Awards.

No, organisations can only submit one entry for the Bonsucro Inspire Awards.

Yes, we encourage the continuous improvement of projects and initiatives. If you can demonstrate improvement since your last submission, we encourage you to submit your entry again for the 2022 Awards.

No, the submission must only be entered for one award category. Chose the category that aligns the best with your project. If you need help deciding which category would be best to enter, contact for advice.

Bonsucro will use information from the awards submissions in our communications materials. If there is confidential information included, you can mark it on the submission form and it will not be shared.

About our Inspire Awards Sponsor

UPL Ltd is a global provider of sustainable agriculture products & solutions. It is a purpose-led company. Through OpenAg®, UPL is focused on accelerating progress for the food industry. UPL is building a network that is reimagining sustainability, redefining the way an entire industry thinks and works – open to fresh ideas, innovation, and new answers, as it strives towards its mission to make every food product more sustainable.