AIM-PROGRESS members including Bacardi, Kraft, Kellogg’s, Mars, Nestle and The Coca-Cola Company convened a supplier forum in India on 11 July to promote responsible sourcing standards in the sugar industry. The forum was hosted by The Coca-Cola Company and brought together approximately 100 supplier and brand representatives to discuss the importance of responsible sourcing, to share best practices and to agree on common evaluation methods to improve performance.
In addition to hearing about AIM-PROGRESS and customer expectations, suppliers heard about methods used to verify compliance to social and environmental standards and how to address common issues in India from SGS, an international audit firm. Bonsucro and Solidaridad also presented on the work that they have been doing to improve conditions within the Indian sugar industry. Following the success of the sugar forum, AIM-PROGRESS plans to hold more industry specific events.