Case studies


Ulrike Sapiro

TCCC’s Senior Director

Water Stewardship & Sustainable Agriculture

Accelerating global sustainable supply coverage through VIVE Claim

May 2019
The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) set a goal to sustainably source its fourteen global priority ingredients by working with suppliers and partners to help farmers of key ingredients become more productive, more responsible and more sustainable. TCCC’s Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (SAGP) set the backdrop for evaluating supplier performance based on continuous performance, recognizing the wide differences of farm development in its supply chain.

TCCC has been working with the VIVE Sustainable Supply Programme (VIVE) as a sustainability standard for cane sugar since 2015. VIVE Claim Level meets the entry requirements of our Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (SAGP). Thus, we will consider any sugar which achieves the VIVE Claim Level ( when adequately documented as such ) as meeting our sustainable sourcing requirements. TCCC considers VIVE one of its top tier partners, alongside Bonsucro, SAI Platform’s FSA, Smartcane BMP and others, to advance continuous improvement in sustainable agriculture.

TCCC recognises that by including the continuous improvement approach of VIVE, TCCC can give greater choice and clarity to current and future sugar producers and processors wishing to improve their sustainability credentials and TCCC’s Sustainable Agricultural Guiding Principles (SAGP) requirements. This supports and accelerates TCCC’s progress towards its ambitious 2020 Sustainability Goal of using 100% sustainability-sourced sugar beet and cane. “Improving farm community livelihoods, productivity and sustainability is at the heart of our sustainable agriculture goal. VIVE Claim Level Sugar complements other sustainable sugar standards and schemes and moves us ever closer towards global sustainable coverage,” said Ulrike Sapiro, TCCC’s Senior Director, Water Stewardship & Sustainable Agriculture.

“Since 2015, we have been impressed by VIVE’s commitment to continuous improvement across its supplier network, and its commercial and relationship-led approach to developing sustainable sugar volumes for our global operations. By working closely with our top-tier sustainability partners to increase choice for our suppliers, we are making progress on our long-term goal to sustain system-wide transformation to sustainable sourcing of
agricultural ingredients.”

Note: The VIVE Programme has been developed through a global agreement between Czarnikow Group Limited (CGL) and Intellync. It combines Intellync's experience in developing and delivering sustainable agricultural commodity programmes with CGL’s extensive commercial knowledge and strategic relationships within the sugar sector. For more information: https://www.vivesugar.com/

Moacir Meneguetti

Commercial Director

Usina Santa Terezinha

Usina Santa Terezinha


Santa Terezinha’s Tapejara, Terra Rica, Paranacity mills and supplying farms have been participating within the VIVE Programme since April 2016.


The decision to participate in VIVE was made in recognition of its focus upon continuous improvement, with Santa Terezinha looking to differentiate themselves through their sustainable endeavours.


Since joining the programme, Santa Terezinha have embraced this concept of continuous improvement, improving their farm and facility scores year-on-year across all participating sites. Guided by VIVE’s bespoke improvement planning, they have implemented several changes across their business, including; the development of a soil protection plan, the installation of additional fire alarms and implementing a water pollution monitoring system.


These improvements have enabled Santa Terezinha to achieve an average score of 87% at the facility and 91% at the farm level in their most recent VIVE assessments and subsequently generating significant interest in their sustainable raw sugar from refiners across the world.

Karel Valken

Global Head Trade & Commodity Finance Agri




We are delighted to advise that Rabobank has maintained a global partnership with Czarnikow for over a decade. During this time the relationship has developed beyond a conventional banking arrangement to a unique global partnership.


We hold Czarnikow’s ability to position themselves as a creative “tradeflow partner” (in addition to their role as merchant) in extremely high regard.


Furthermore, we consider Czarnikow to be an organization of impeccable integrity that operates very professional teams present in both origin & destination which allows Czarnikow to add meaningful value to both buyers/sellers but also to other stakeholders such as banks and investors.


The world of trading continues to change dramatically as the transparency of price discovery is a challenge for margin creation.


Czarnikow’s ability to create and adapt deep partnerships with organizations such as Rabobank and most importantly be genuine on sustainability issues such as VIVE is testament to how Czarnikow are positioning to create tomorrow’s margin!


Rabobank is proud to be a bank and trade flow partner of Czarnikow!

Ahmad Farid

Head of Marketing & Raw Sugar Procurement

Central Sugars Refinery Sdn Bhd

Central Sugars Refinery Sdn Bhd


Central Sugars Refinery Sdn Bhd (CSRSB) are committed to building a sustainable business that impacts the world and community in a positive way every day. As a company, CSRSB want to create growth that they can be proud of and make the right decisions that ensures a better tomorrow.


CSRSB’s approach to sustainability is guided by VIVE which is a voluntary continuous improvement sustainability programme for sugar supply chains, focused on driving continuous improvement in sustainability performance in our business.


Re-enforcing CSRSB’s commitment to drive continuous improvement across the business, CSRSB is participating within VIVE’s Excellence Level. Moreover, looking to meet end-users sustainability requirements, CSRSB have recently secured supply of VIVE Claim Level raw sugar.


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Ng Chuey Peng

Managing Director and Head of Global Commodities Finance


For there to be widespread adoption of sustainable practices in any industry, industry leaders have to first spearhead the movement. That is why we are pleased to be supporting Czarnikow - a long-time partner of ours and an influential voice in the commodities trading industry - and Intellync (AB Sustain rebranded) as they seek to encourage sustainable practices and continuous improvements across the ingredient supply chain via the VIVE programme.
The VIVE programme is designed to focus on key sustainability aspects within the areas of People, Planet and Profit, seeking to address the growing demand for more transparency and accountability in supply chains from buyers, end consumers and financiers. The programme encourages companies to go beyond ‘ticking boxes’ and to focus on driving continuous improvements in sustainability along their supply chains, which is a meaningful approach to work towards a sustainable future.
We believe this partnership not only demonstrates Czarnikow and Intellync’s commitment to sustainability, but is also an extension of OCBC’s core belief that businesses can do well by doing good. Through the VIVE programme, OCBC seeks to share this belief and encourage more peers in the commodities industry to join us in building more sustainable supply chains.