Biorigin, Zilor’s business unit dedicated to biotechnology, is the first company in the world to obtain Bonsucro Chain of Custody Standard certification for fermentable sugar and yeast creams from sugarcane.
The Bonsucro Chain of Custody Standard is a certification of the supply of sugarcane product encompassing the entire production chain, from the field to the final customer, including the processing, transformation, manufacturing, and distribution stages. Certification against the Chain of Custody Standard provides assurance that the claims of compliance with Bonsucro’s Production Standard, can be tracked along the supply chain.
The Bonsucro Production Standard is the first global metric standard of the sustainability of sugarcane and sugarcane-derived products. It demonstrates that a company complies with the legislation, respects human and labor rights, ensures sustainable production, preserves biodiversity and ecosystems, while continuously improving its production processes. Three of Zilor’s sugarcane mills have already obtained Bonsucro Production certificates.
On July 17, 2017, Control Union Certifications, an independent certification body responsible for the Bonsucro audit at Biorigin, officially delivered the certification at one of the company’s units.
Maria Elvira Sogayar Scapol, Zilor’s Director of Human Resources and Sustainability, explained the importance of the chain of custody standard certification for the company. "Biorigin’s raw materials were already certified by Bonsucro, and having this certification for its entire chain of custody, makes Biorigin a pioneer in the assurance of the sustainability of the whole value chain."
The achievement of this certification is a further step taken by Biorigin in the quest to sustainably create value in its production chain, from sugarcane plantations to the customers.
According to Mario Weltman Steinmetz, Biorigin’s Director, "Bonsucro certification offers our customers a reliable guarantee that our products derive from processes managed with responsibility. To be the first sugarcane company in the world to obtain the Chain of Custody Standard certificate for fermentable sugar and yeast creams from sugarcane differentiates Biorigin from the other companies and confirms its commitment to quality, innovation, and business sustainability."
Simon Usher, CEO of Bonsucro, said "We are very pleased that Biorigin has achieved Chain of Custody certification – it is exciting to see companies around the world using the remarkable power of sugarcane to make and trade ever-more innovative products that support thriving, sustainable producer communities and resilient, assured supply chains."