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Anoverviewofthecommercialstateofthesugarindustry – stay up-to-date
with recent changes in regulation and trends in prices – and the outlook for
the coming five years
Managesupplychainrisk – learn how to map your sugarcane supply, know
which risks are the most urgent and how to engage with them effectively and
2020andbeyondbrandcommitments– learn how brands are approaching
their sustainability effort when it comes to sugar, whether they are on course
to hit 2020 targets – and what comes beyond
Demandtrends – learn how trends in nutrition, climate change, bioplastics,
biomaterials pertain to sugar and how they can be used to strengthen the
business case for meaningful engagement with the sustainability agenda
Casestudiesfromoutsidesugarcane – we’ll get the latest case studies on
what other crops are doing to address similar social and environmental issues
that have transferrable lessons
Forcedlaborduediligence – learn how to implement a credible programme
to manage and remove human rights risks such as modern-day slavery in your
Traceability – understand your supply chain through the latest mapping and
monitoring to know where the most urgent risks lie
the best ways to implement programmes that improve productivity, yield and
maximise the economic value of sugarcane for communities
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• Focused, open discussion
• Senior participants
• Candid dialogue
In this opening session, we look at the big commercial picture of
challenges and opportunities that are being faced by sugarcane
producers, traders and buyers, and how these will impact the long-
term sustainability of the sector.
From trends in the demand for sugar, to changes in the
international trading environment with the removal of the EU
quotas, we explore how the landscape of the industry is likely to
evolve and the implications for actors throughout the value chain.
In this session, our speakers will present the trends that
are driving the demand for sugar in its different end-uses
and applications. We’ll explore developments in the biofuel,
biomaterial and bioplastic markets and discuss the potential
opportunities they present for producers. We’ll debate to what
extent these trends can create alternative markets for producers
to take advantage of, in the medium- and long-term.
One of the significant innovations in driving sustainability on-the-
ground when it comes to agriculture is the idea of a jurisdictional
approach. A jurisdictional approach is one that looks to engage
a region rather than a commodity as being the focus of the
sustainability effort. It provides a platform for engagement
with the community, aid donors, farmers, local and regional
government and other companies that have an interest in the
economy of the area.
In this session, we will explore more fully how this concept could
be applied to sugarcane-growing regions and look at some of
the breakthroughs that have been made in using a jurisdictional
approach as a method of collaboration.
We will reflect on different examples of jurisdictional engagement
by companies on sustainability issues, how they have fared, and
what lessons have emerged.
There are a variety of initiatives, partnerships and platforms that
are focused on making on-the-ground impacts and improving
farming to be more sustainable and ethical.
In this session, we get an insight into the priorities of different
initiatives for the coming five years. We will discuss whether the
relevant partnerships and member organisations can align around
a set of end-goals to complement each other’s efforts.
There are high-profile challenges when it comes to land tenure
in sugarcane producing areas. These situations are the subject of
NGO campaigns and are at times coupled with legal action. This
leads to brand reputation risks and expenses related to engaging
campaigners and legal fees.
This session will explore the latest land tenure issues in the sector
to develop solutions and risk management options for companies
to address land tenure risks.
In this interactive session, we will focus on several key sugarcane-
producing countries and look at what their key priorities and
challenges are, and how brand strategy can help to deliver a more
sustainable sugar market for each. The purpose of the session
is to capture the unique socio-economic and environmental
challenges of each region and figure out how they can be
addressed, as well as identify interested organisations to discuss
With a focus on Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, India, Thailand, our
experts will focus on the most topical questions for each region
and how companies with a stake in them can assist.
Three reasons to attend
100+peersandcolleagues– to build your network, benchmark, debate and learn from the leading practitioners.
20+expertspeakerssharinginsights– you simply will not find a stronger collection of leading anywhere.
20+hoursofthought-provokingcontent– case studies, debate and group discussions to equip you with the skills
and insights to move your effort forward in 2018.
Most large food and beverage companies have sustainability
targets for different commodities for 2020, and most include a
target for sugar. This deadline is only two years away. So what
expectations are brands setting themselves when it comes to
delivery on those commitments – are companies on course to
meet their own targets? And what are their aspirations for what
comes after 2020?
In this session, we will reflect on the progress that has been made
by brand-driven efforts toward sugar being made a clean, ethical
and sustainable commodity – and how their strategy is likely to
change in the future given previous experience of what has worked
and what hasn’t.
In this session, we get an insight into the priorities of sugar traders
that are supplying the international market. We’ll explore their
operating context, the challenges they face, both individually and
collectively, and the opportunities that they see in partnering with
buyers and producers in playing a positive, effective role in the
sugar value chain.
In this session, we outline the latest
innovations and technology approaches
that companies can use to drive
traceability of sugar down the supply
chain – as well as what’s over the horizon.
We’ll explore some of the technologies
that are being used by other commodities
to improve transparency and look at
case studies of how brands are taking
We’ll outline what long term contracting
looks like when it comes to sugar, whether
it is realistic given the nature of the sugar
market and how it could be sold internally
to a CPO or CSCO as something of benefit
to the brand. Our speakers will discuss
the commercial opportunities and risks in
price and quality for the buyer in entering
such a relationship, as well as insurance
mechanisms that could be applied to
a sourcing agreement to protect both
buyers and producers.
Here we discuss what programmes
companies can implement to address
water pollution and water availability
issues at scale in key origins. We’ll explore
the innovations that are emerging in
managing water issues for companies
and how to build coalitions to tackle
challenges in common sourcing regions.
At Innovation Forum we create genuinely engaging and useful events that lead to new insights and
connections that will further your effort. Some of our policies to help you achieve this include:
• BanPPT – we do not allow PowerPoint presentations at our conferences – we believe discussion, debate
and dialogue are the best ways to cut out unnecessary information and get to the challenges and
opportunities at the forefront on peoples’ mind
• Creativeandvariedsessionformats– we make a conscious effort to ensure that the session formats are
mixed – from one-on-one Q+As, panels, case studies, interactive training and workshops – the agenda will
keep you engaged throughout the two days
• Plentyoftimetonetworkandgetcomfortable – we include plenty of breaks and networking time to help
you make connections and find partners with shared challenges and goals
In this workshop session, participants will be taken through
leading case studies of companies that are addressing the most
pressing human rights issues in sugarcane farming. Our corporate
presenters and experts will outline the evolving risks related
to forced labour and modern slavery, and what are the most
pragmatic methods of addressing them through the right policies,
monitoring mechanisms and remediation approaches.
In this workshop, our speakers will present leading case studies
of smallholder community development programmes. This will
include how companies have gone about implementing farmer
training and the future potential of creative partnership models.
The aim is to outline how companies can deliver lasting impacts
for the livelihood for farmers with a crop that is often low priced
and has the potential to be volatile.
Is certification the past, the future, or somewhere in the middle?
After a few years in the background, certification is re-emerging as
a key component of the strategy when it comes to driving impact
Here we debate what the future role of certification is and how
companies should view it as a component of their effort in
creating a positive impact in the sugar market that they source
head of advocacy
head of international affairs & senior
corporate responsibility manager
Peter Erik Ywema
director, impact partnerships
programme manager, migrant workers
and work with dignity
senior advisor, social compliance
KnowTheChain project lead
director of sustainability
and food technology
global head food chain relations
head of sustainability
head of product & smallholder policy
chair of the board
head of supply chain programme, co-lead for Trase,
Global Canopy Programme
This conference is made for senior professionals from business, government, trade unions, NGOs and the financial
community. Business representatives are from the corporate responsibility, sustainability, ethical trade, legal,
procurement and supply chain, corporate affairs and communications departments.
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