Tuesday 24 March

Event opening and welcome drinks reception

Wednesday 25 March

Day one of the conference programme

Thursday 26 March

Day two of the conference programme followed by the Bonsucro Inspire Awards

Friday 27 March

Field trip to Tala mill and farm

Please note, the agenda is subject to change. You can check the website or follow the event hashtag, #BonsucroGlobalWeek for the latest news and updates.

Tuesday 24 March

Welcome drinks reception for all attendees

We invite you to join us for a drink and meet other delegates as we open Bonsucro Global Week 2020 from 18:00 – 20:00.

Wednesday 25 March

08:00 – 09:00


Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara



09:00 – 10:30


Welcome Ceremony and speeches

Welcoming participants to Mexico for Global Week and introducing the event’s VIP speakers.


  • Jean Claude Autrey, Chairperson for Bonsucro’s Board of Directors
    Welcome speech and governance updates
  • Danielle Morley, CEO, Bonsucro
    The past year has seen many exciting developments for Bonsucro and its members. In this session, Bonsucro CEO, Danielle Morley, will take participants through the highlights of 2019 and look ahead to what’s in store for the coming year.
  • Dr Luis Ramiro Garcia, Director, CONADESUCA (National Committee for sugarcane sustainability)
    What does sustainability in sugarcane production look like in Mexico? Dr Luis Ramiro Garcia, the Director at CONADESUCA – the Mexican National Committee for Sugarcane Sustainability offers an overview.

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

11:00 – 12:30

Addressing the climate emergency with sustainable sugarcane

The world is on the brink of an irrevocable climate emergency. It’s a priority for Bonsucro and its members. In this session, we will highlight how sugarcane production impacts the environment. We consider how the changing climate is already affecting producer communities. And, we discuss how sugarcane can offer innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions. We will cover soil, biodiversity, water and health and safety.

Kate Brauman, Lead Scientist, Global Water Initiative, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

Robert Quirk, Independent Farmer

Avelina Ruiz, Climate Change Manager, World Resources Institute México

Catharina Wesseling, La Isla Network

Moderated by Nicolas Viart, Head, Standards & Innovation, Bonsucro

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

12:30 – 14:00


Hotel Riu Plaza – Guadalajara

14:00 – 15:30

Drivers of change: How organisations have been innovating their value chains towards more sustainable operations 

As a vibrant platform for sustainable change, Bonsucro is bringing together key players to discuss the world of opportunities emerging for sugarcane derived products. In this session, we take a look at how organisations have worked towards a more circular economy to meet 2020 targets. We will explore public and private initiatives that stimulate renewable energy solutions and look ahead to what we may encounter in the next ten years.

Marina Carlini, Head of Sustainability, Raízen

Julian Fox, Director, Sourcing & Manufacturing, Tetra Pak International SA

Matt Keally, Senior Manager for Membership Engagement & Innovation, CANEGROWERS

Danielle Machado, Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis (National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels in Brazil)

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

16:00 – 17:30

Human rights with a gender lens

Women experience business-related human rights abuses in unique and disproportionate ways. Tackling the structural barriers that underpin these requires collective understanding and action. In this session we will look at gender policies in action. We’ll hear how mills and farmers break down barriers and address discrimination issues. We’ll also have some women’s empowerment success stories.

Moderated by Danielle Morley, CEO, Bonsucro

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

Thursday 26 March

The morning of Thursday 26 March will be a part of our public consultation on revisions to the Bonsucro Production Standard. Anyone is welcome to attend, free of charge. If you would like come along, you will need a ticket – please register your interest with Liz Foggitt via email. Tickets will grant you access to the morning plenary, the coffee break and the breakout sessions. However, you will not be able to attend the afternoon sessions without a full conference pass.

09:00 – 10:00

Revisions to Bonsucro’s Production Standard

Delegates will get the first insights into the changes Bonsucro is making to the Production Standard. Nahuel Tuñon, Standards Manager at Bonsucro, will explore why the standards are being u updated and outline the key areas that will change.

Nahuel Tuñon, Standards Manager, Bonsucro

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee Break

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

10:30 – 12:00

Breakout sessions

Here, the conference breaks into three parallel, interactive sessions. Delegates have the choice to attend a session on human rights, the environment or health and safety. Each room will have a structured discussion that will allow attendees to have their say and share ideas with others.

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

12:30 – 14:00


Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

14:00 – 15:30

Smallholders success stories on implementing sustainability

One of the most important challenges for global sustainability is to improve the efficiency and profitability of the smallholder producers. And, it’s closely aligned with environmental and social responsibility principles. Bonsucro’s certification for smallholders promotes best practices for sustainable production in sugarcane. Hear case studies on the positive impact of improving sustainability at smallholder level in Thailand and Mexico.

Carmen Berenice Noriega Chavarin, Farmer, Tala Farm

Alok Pandey, Sr. Programme Manager (Sustainable Sugarcane), Solidaridad Network

Natasha Schwarzbach, Sustainable Commodities, PepsiCo

Roberto Stefani, Oxfam Mexico

Representative from Tala Mill

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

16:00 – 17:30

The afternoon is comprised of three breakout sessions, running simultaneously. Attendees have the choice of which session to they would like to join.

16:00 – 17:30

Sector alliances to roll out the sustainability agenda at scale

Alliances between organisations that share common objectives, are key for knowledge transfer, resource mobilisation and improving local capacities to achieve results. This session will share experiences of alliances working on closing gaps and achieving a higher level of sustainability.

Esteban Figueroa, Senior Project Manager, Proforest

Marionne Lips, Advisor International Corporate Social Responsibility, CNV Internationaal

Genoveva Martinez, specialist in sustainable landscapes and climate change, Rainforest Alliance, Guatemala

Maria Silvia Pineda, Director of Social Responsibility, ASAZGUA

Norma Tregurtha, Policy ad Partnerships Director, ISEAL

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

16:00 – 17:30

Adelante Initiative, The next phase: Protecting workers in a warming world

The Adelante Initiative is an ongoing success yielding important information to help industry leaders protect workers in their supply chain. Researchers will present the latest findings, how they relate to the Bonsucro standard and what steps can be taken to protect workers now. Attendees will hear a brief overview from recent, top publications and how the Bonsucro Standard is relevant to the most recent findings. The session will stimulate a discussion on how Bonsucro members, and others, can work together to use the best available science to protect their workforce.

Meredith Smith, Sustainability and Quality Director, ED&F Man

Ilana Weiss, Senior Director of Public Health and Policy, La Isla Network

Catharina Wesseling, La Isla Network

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

16:00 – 17:30

Code of Conduct clinic

Following a decision from Bonsucro’s Board of Directors, Bonsucro has been working to revise its Code of Conduct which was last reviewed in 2011. After an extensive public consultation, the new Code of Conduct will be implemented in April 2020. Join this clinic to hear about changes to the code and take the opportunity to ask any questions you have.

Rafael Seixas, Membership Manager, Bonsucro

Representative from DLA Piper

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

17:30 – 18:00

Closing speech

Humberto Jasso, President, Camara Nacional de la Industria Azucarera y Alcoholera  CNIAA

Bonsucro Awards Dinner

Join us for the spectacular annual Awards Dinner where we will reveal and celebrate the winners of Bonsucro’s 2020 Inspire Awards.

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

Day 3

Field Trip
Friday 27 March


Bus departure for visit to Tala Mill and Farm

Hotel Riu Plaza will serve breakfast to guests at 6.30am.

Everyone attending the field trip will meet in the Hotel Riu Plaza foyer, after breakfast, to board the bus for the field trip, departing at 7.30.

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

09:00 – 15:30

Mill Tour and Presentation

For the final day of Bonsucro Global Week, attendees can visit the Tala mill and farm. Ingenio Tala achieved the Bonsucro certification in May 2019 and are very keen to invite delegates in. The team will share details of their certification journey and the changes it made to become more sustainable.

The mill is close to Guadalajara and we expect to return by 5pm. One bus will return before lunch for anyone needing to be back in the city earlier. Simply notify the team if you would like to travel back earlier.


  1. Welcome and presentation from Tala senior management
  2. Mill tour
  3. Tala farm visit
  4. Smallholder farmers visit and discussion
  5. Lunch


Departure from Tala Mill

Approximately 17:00, dependent on traffic

Arrival at Hotel Riu

Hotel Riu Plaza, Guadalajara

Please note that the agenda is subject to change.