The Drinks Business Green Awards 2019 winners

Ethical Company of the Year – Symington Family Estates

This summer Symington Family Estates joined companies as diverse as Patagonia, Innocent Drinks and Kickstarter in becoming a ‘B Corporation’. The certification is rigorous, assessing a firm’s social, environmental and ethical business practices and obliges the company directors to make social and environmental goals an equal priority alongside financial ones. The B Corp certification cements a large number of varied social and ecological projects that the Symingtons have put in place recently and are continuing to pursue.

This year alone they have put in place no fewer than 16 projects from launching a new scholarship programme at UTAD university in the Douro for disadvantaged students, donating an ambulance (making a total of 11 now) to the volunteer fire service, forming partnerships with Rewilding Portugal and The Ocean Clean-up Project, capturing the CO2 produced during fermentation, reducing copper use in their vineyards and working on Portugal’s first LEED winery, due to open in 2021.

The company has also measured its carbon footprint and made efforts to cut it, achieving a 23% reduction in per bottle CO2 emissions since 2015. The Symingtons have also launched ‘Mission 2025’, with the ultimate aim of reducing its carbon footprint further and going carbon neutral.

Commendation – Santa Rita Estates

The judges wanted to commend Santa Rita Estates in particular for its work on social responsibility, which spans the health and education of its workers – including free medical care and scholarships for employees and their children – teaching children about the value of biodiversity and providing concerts and musical programmes.

Shortlist

Elephant Gin

Santa Rita Estates

Flor de Caña

Fetzer Vineyards

Symington Family Estates

One Response to “The Drinks Business Green Awards 2019 winners”

  1. Soledad says:

    HII! Iwould like to know , how to apply for the green awards since we are the top organic producer in Argentina.
    We are Santa Julia Winery.

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