MEDIA RELEASE – 19th APRIL 2013
New South Wales’ own Sunshine Sugar is again leading the way in the world of sustainability being the first company in Australasia to sell Bonsucro Credits.
Recently the New South Wales Sugar Milling Cooperative Ltd and Manildra Harwood
Sugar announced that they became the first in Australasia to become Bonsucro
certified. The certification of the Cooperative’s growers, its sugar milling operations and
the Sugar Refinery joint venture with Manildra which operates alongside the Harwood Mill
is the first certification from producer to customer in the world. The Bonsucro certification
is obtained by strict audit by an independent certification body as being in compliance with
the Bonsucro Standard.
Customers who purchase Bonsucro Certified Sugar are assured that the product they
receive has been ethically, environmentally and economically manufactured in a
sustainable way by all involved within the supply chain from the farmer to the customer.
The Cooperative is now delighted to announce that a key customer, Ferrero, is supporting
this important sustainable initiative through the purchase of 5,000 Bonsucro credits in what
will be the first trade in Australasia.
Being the fourth largest confectionery group in the world, Ferrero has a very clear practice
of supporting the highest quality products and careful selection of the finest raw materials
and through this purchase is supporting and rewarding the local industry through their
commitment to the certification process. By supporting those sugar cane producers who
implement good agricultural practices and farm management, companies like Ferrero
encourage better farming practices, increased yields, better quality, less impact on the
environment, better social working circumstances and a more efficient way of production.
Chairman of Sunshine Sugar, Mr Ian Causley said “The certification and subsequent
agreement with Ferrero is an important part of the Cooperative’s continuous improvement
program targeting social and environmental improvement. We congratulate Ferrero on
being the first customer to participate in a process that is beneficial to all facets and levels
of the community. We are proud that an Australian grower-owned enterprise in
conjunction with our partners, Australian icon Manildra Group, has been able to lead the
way in such a responsible manner. Personally, I think that having the makers of my
favourite chocolate as our first Bonsucro partner is a very positive move.”
Bonsucro CEO, Nick Goodall, welcomed the sale. “Congratulations to Sunshine Sugar
and Ferrero for demonstrating their commitment and support for the sustainable
production of sugarcane”.