Sustainability: Producing responsibly for the environment

Being conscious of the effect that winemaking has on the environment is why many vineyards have incorporated the Viniculture Sustainability Code in their processes, in order to diminish the potential environmental and social risks. 

Thinking with respect for: the earth that lets the vines grow, the neighbouring communities that offer significant support through their labour in order to develop quality wines, and the positive economic impact that wine production should have, is how the necessity emerged to unite these three environments in a guide that allows the vineyards to develop a sustainable production process.

 

This is how the Sustainability Code was born. A voluntary tool that looks to incorporate practices based on high social, environmental and quality standards in vinicultural companies. The Code is structured on a base of requirements in three complimentary areas: green (vineyards), red (wineries and bottling plants) and orange (social). These requirements mark a long term vision based on a combination of environmental principles, social equality, and economic viability. The Code is applicable to all types of vinicultural companies, irrelevant of the scale of production.

In Wines of Chile we are responsable for giving governability, and updating and administering the Code. For these reasons we have a Superior Committee that watches over the system with transparency and consistency; a Rules Committee that is in charge of revising and proposing changes to the requirements of the Code; and a Technical Unit that is in charge of the administration of the Code, and is - from the very beginning - the point of contact for the vineyards and certification bodies.

The process of certification is a transparent and independent, done through companies enrolled in the register of the Sustainability Code certifiers. What they ‘certify’ is the sustainable management of the vineyard, which gives them the right to use the ‘Certified Sustainable Wine of Chile’ stamp.

It is important to point out that the Code helps the vineyards and wineries in different management environments, such as:

  • Planning, implementing, operating and maintaining a system of management oriented at the sustainable production of wines.
  • Minimising the potential environmental impacts generated in the chain of wine production.
  • Guiding work relations inside the company within an ethical code.
  • Improving communication with their clients, providers, interested parties in the chain of wine production, and with the communities near to the production units.

The contents that comprise each area of the Code are:

Green Area

  • Erosion
  • Soil management
  • Nutrition
  • Management of weeds, plagues and illnesses
  • Management and application of agrochemicals
  • Training
  • Use of energy and fuel
  • Taking care of the water sources
  • Management of load and vigor
  • Biodiversity
  • Pre-plantation methods

Red Area

  • Saving energy
  • Water management
  • Prevention of contamination
  • Reduction of waste, and recycling
  • Location of the winery

Orange area

  • Ethics
  • Environment
  • Quality of work life
  • Community
  • Marketing and consumer promises

With the objective to improve and adapt the Code to the requirements of the future, we are developing a series of Investigation and Development Projects.

If you need more information about the National Sustainability Code, we invite you visit www.sustentavid.cl

 

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