The Adelante Initiative provides a platform to evaluate work practices and improve them with the best possible data while utilizing the learnings from the Worker Health and Efficiency Program.

The initiative provides what is essentially a living lab at one of the most logistically competent mills in the Americas, Ingenio San Antonio Nicaragua.

We will provide the lessons learned from our efforts in a pre-competitive space via Bonsucro and through other means so that all stakeholders may benefit regionally and globally.  Learnings will help inform the Bonsucro certification and be used to inform policy advocacy for worker protections on the state and international level.

Our hope is we can support, and be supported by, all actors along the supply chain looking to ensure their sugarcane is sourced responsibly in line with their 2020 procurement goals. We aim to continuously improve sourcing and certification standards as well as production standards.

Further, we look to development banks to be proactive in both the assessment of risks in the labor forces of the industries they work with, and in encouraging and supporting evidence-based interventions designed to limit risks in the workforce associated with CKDu and other negative outcomes.


Adelante Project at Ingenio San Antonio for 2017-2018

  • Preliminary assessment of:
    • Cross-harvest changes in biomarkers for cane cutters, seed cutters, irrigation workers and others.
    • Historical impact of the ISA intervention to date.
  • Initial assessment of:
    • ISA intervention program for cane and seed cutters.
    • Need for intervention extension to other worker categories
  • Produce recommendations for:
    • Intervention improvements and/or expansion
    • Productivity enhancements that protect health


What we aim to do in 2018-2020

  • Create effective interventions that protect other workers at-risk in sugar industry such as irrigators.
  • Create effective interventions for other industries impacted by CKDu
  • Ensure scalability and understanding of logistical challenges and solutions
  • Continually improve the assessment of exposures
  • Work with development banks to assess working conditions and community relations for loan recipients and create solutions for gaps so that loans are given with greater confidence.
  • Ensure that learnings are incorporated into certifications and other standards used throughout affected supply chains.
  • Provide insights into the organizational management structures and systems that facilitate change on the ground.


From 2020, and concurrent with the earlier phases we will advocate for application of protections in other at-risk industries and ensure the development of occupational protections as we acquire data and develop programs.

Contact CEO Jason Glaser for more information and how you can become involved.