The global, nonprofit organization, Bonsucro, is growing stronger and maintaining its position as the leading standard bearer for sustainable sugarcane production. Bacardi is a founding member and works with the organization to improve economic, environmental and social conditions in the regions around the world where sugarcane is produced.
The Bonsucro standard covers areas such as human rights and labor conditions, biodiversity, environmental and economic viability of the sugarcane producers,” explains Natasha Schwarzbach, Head of Engagement for Bonsucro.
Farmers, millers and end-users of sugarcane must meet rigorous requirements to be verified as sustainable by Bonsucro. Then as members, they work collaboratively to raise the bar at every step across the supply chain.
Bonsucro-certified land under cane has reached 3.66% of the world’s total – equal to some 871,229 hectares. Nearly four million tons of Bonsucro certified sugar and 2.7 million cubic meters of certified ethanol have been produced so far. At the end of fiscal 2015, 19% of Bacardi’s sugarcane products were covered by EU or US-recognized sustainability certifications such as the Bonsucro standard.