The Drinks Business Green Awards 2016: the winners

15th November, 2016 by Patrick Schmitt

Ethical Company of the Year

Winner: Bosman Family Vineyards

Bosman's Bovlei pre-school

Children from Bosman’s Bovlei pre-school

Based in Wellington, South Africa, Bosman Family Vineyards is an 8th generation family-owned estate that has gone above and beyond to ensure its workers are respected and rewarded for their work.

In 2008, a landmark joint venture between Bosman Family Vineyards and the Adama Workers Trust saw the formation of the biggest Black Economic Empowerment deal in the wine industry to date. In 2009 a total of 260 permanent workers received a share of 430 hectares of vineyards.

Bosman continues to work closely with The Adama Foundation Trust, which was established to enact social and economic development and empowerment of all workers, their families and the community. In 2009, Bosman received Fairtrade certification under its De Bos label, with the premium raised most recently helping to fund a new health clinic in Bovlei and a transport bus for school children, just two initiatives that have helped to improve the lives of more than 1,000 people in the community. Over the last 18 months social investments spent by the Adama Foundation Trust have equated to 6.5% of Bosman’s total sales, demonstrating the producer’s ability and appetite for maintaining ethical business practices. Bosman is a shining example of the ethical standards that can be achieved within the wine industry, if all parties work together.

As one judge commented: “Ethics are utterly embedded in this business which has done an enormous amount to help its local community.”

Runner up: Jackson Family Wines

jackson-family-logoDescribed as a “business that really cares for its employees, community and environment”, US-based Jackson Family Wines came in a close second impressing impressed judges with its commitment to ethical initiatives. In late 2015, at the height of California’s drought, it released more than two million gallons of water from a vineyard reservoir into Green Valley Creek to increase stream flows to help protect the endangered Coho salmon. Throughout 2016, Jackson Family Wines, together with its employees, provided over 4,300 hours of support through its Rooted for Good program, which saw more than 800 employees take part in 26 volunteer events ranging from river cleanups to planting trees and preparing meals for the needy.

Commendation: Toast Ale

toast-aleA special commendation was awarded to the UK’s Toast Ale, a striking business founded on the principle of recycling, while drawing attention to the highly topical issue of food waste in the UK. Launched in January 2016, Toast Ale reduces waste by partnering with brewers and replacing barley with surplus bread. So far it has, worked with Hackney Brewery, Hambleton Brewery, Wiper & True and St Austell, with plans to launch in Iceland and the USA early next year.

Shortlist:

  • Bosman Family Vineyards
  • Jackson Family Wines
  • Napa Valley Vintners
  • Spier Wines
  • Toast Ale

One Response to “The Drinks Business Green Awards 2016: the winners”

  1. Sarah Avery says:

    This is such wonderful news, thoroughly deserved as we were able to witness on our visit to you earlier this year, following in John’s footsteps 50 years ago. Mimi and I were very, very grateful you were able to take yourself away from whatever work you were doing at the time to come over and greet us in your exceptionally wonderful winery and vineyard, … thank you again for that!

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