Events and insight for sustainability

Sustainable sugarcane forum

Sustainable sugarcane forum

Structured debate on the creation of thriving, sustainable sugar-producer communities and resilient, assured supply chains

4th-5th December 2017, London

Created in partnership with Bonsucro, the global platform for sugarcane, this forum is designed for all stakeholders in the sugar value chain to discuss the commercial opportunities of implementing sustainability and ethical initiatives, and the practicalities of how to make them successful.  

The conference offers the opportunity for a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss and debate the key issues facing the industry, through an interactive, engaging and practical format.

2017 conference

We are currently in the process of creating the agenda and recruiting speakers for the 2017 conference.

The conference will be the leading gathering of individuals, companies and organisations driving sustainability within the global sugar industry.

The forum will provide delegates with:

  • A holistic view of the state of the sugar industry, and the actions needed to drive sustainable, systemic and positive progress
  • Clear guidelines around how companies (from buyers to traders to producers) can together develop and implement sustainable sugar strategies throughout the supply chain

Some of the key themes and issues the 2017 agenda will address include:

  • Transparency and traceability - how to understand your value chain through mapping to analyse where the risks and opportunities are
  • Human rights due diligence – how to implement programmes for continuous improvement, remove human rights risks and infringements on land rights, and eliminate child and forced labour
  • Smallholder farmers and producer community development - understand the best practices that improve productivity and yield, and benefit the livelihoods of smallholders
  • Environmental pressures and resilience - hear the latest initiatives on how to proactively prepare sugar production for the future and issues such as loss of biodiversity, climate change and water scarcity

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Last year’s event

The 2016 conference had over 200 sugar professionals in attendance. Some of those who participated included:

  • Head of advocacy, AB Sugar
  • Corporate director of sustainability, ASR
  • Head of sugar ethics, ASR Group - Tate & Lyle Sugars
  • Global procurement director, Bacardi-Martini
  • Purchasing manager, Barilla
  • Head of global sourcing, Barry Callebaut
  • Director, global sustainability, Bunge
  • Sustainability director, Corbion
  • Director of sustainability, research and development, CSC Sugar
  • Director, global sustainability, Czarnikow
  • Sustainability manager, Danone
  • Sustainability project developer, Ferrero
  • Director, Limako Suiker
  • Global head, sustainability, Louis Dreyfus Company
  • Senior chocolate sustainable sourcing manager, Mars
  • VP risk management, safety, cccupational health and environment, Mitr Phol Sugar Corp
  • Global sustainability lead, procurement, Mondelez International
  • Senior public affairs manager, sustainability, Nestle
  • Senior category manager, Nordic Sugar
  • Head of sustainability, Nordzucker
  • Sustainable agriculture director, PepsiCo
  • Director, technical and QSE, Pernod Ricard
  • Sustainable Procurement Specialist, SAB Miller
  • Biofuels sustainability manager, Shell
  • Manager Sustainability & Public Affairs, Suedzucker AG
  • Commercial director, Suikerunie
  • Director of supplier sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company


Event audience and size

150-200 managers, directors, heads of department, and other senior professionals representing various stakeholders in the sugar value chain will attend.

They will be joined by key NGOs, government and multi-stakeholder initiative representatives.

The agenda encompasses sugarcane supply chains, and the event will include sugar farmers, processors, traders as well as end-buyers such as FMCGs, retailers, chemical and biofuel industry representatives.

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The venue of the conference is the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Center. The address is:

25 New Inn Yard,



You can see the direction to the venue here.


How to sign up

Pre-launch conference registration is now open and you can register on the link below. The current rates will be the lowest prices any time until the conference. 

 Secure a pre-launch delegate pass here

Please note that Bonscro members get a £200 discount on any passes. If you are a Bonsucro member, please make sure to use the discount code ‘BONMEMBER’ to access the appropriate rate.

If you are looking to attend the conference with two or more colleagues, please email to secure a group discount.


Sponsors of the event

We are currently looking for a small number of sponsors to work with, to push forward progressive discussion around sustainable sugar.


If you have any questions about the forum, or if you're interested in being involved or supporting the event, please get in touch on the details below:

Boris Petrovic

Event manager

Innovation Forum: Events and Insight for Sustainability

Office: +44 (0) 203 780 7430 (London, UK time zone)

Direct: +44 (0) 203 780 74 34  



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