- April 7th, 2022
Viña Concha y Toro celebrates its first year as a B Corporation
This April, the company celebrates the first anniversary of becoming a certified B Corporation, a milestone that reaffirms its sustainability commitment.
The certification, obtained by the company and its subsidiaries Concha y Toro, Cono Sur, Trivento, and Don Melchor on April 22, 2021, represents a major step forward in our commitment to environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, which are a fundamental part of our growth pillars. Our Californian subsidiary, Fetzer Vineyards, was already a Certified B Corporation, but received an outstanding score after completing the recertification process in 2021.
Viña Concha y Toro launched its sustainability strategy more than a decade ago, with clear and challenging objectives and goals. Since that time, the company has maintained consistent progress on sustainability initiatives, with particular focus on establishing responsible practices related to vineyard management and carbon footprint reduction.
Viña Concha y Toro has made progress in multiple areas, but the company’s focus in the last decade has been on efficient water use, reducing its carbon footprint to combat climate change, and biodiversity.
- Efficiency: More than 12,000 of planted hectares with drip irrigation.
- Cutting-edge research at the Center for Research and Innovation, which has developed a pilot program achieving a 20% reduction in water consumption.
- Water footprint: In Chile, Concha y Toro’s water footprint is 48% below the global industry average, and the company reduced its water consumption by 10% between 2014 and 2015. This progress has been achieved thanks to a series of efficient irrigation practices, avoiding evaporation from irrigation ponds, water treatment, and returning water to the ecosystem.
- In Argentina, Trivento set out to reduce water consumption per 9-liter case by 10% by 2023, compared to 2018, a goal it has far exceeded year on year, reaching a 50% decrease in 2021.
- The holding company is committed to achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
- Carbon footprint: 32% reduction in emissions per liter of wine between 2014 and 2020. 99% of our key brands portfolio have reduced the weight of their bottles, thus reducing our carbon footprint.
- Fetzer Vineyards obtained Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) – Silver for all of its vineyards and winery in Mendocino County, California.
- Bonterra was the first organic wine in the world to be certified as Climate Neutral throughout its production chain, by offsetting 110% of its emissions with responsible, external, nature-based carbon credits.
- 100% of the energy used by the company in Chile originates from renewable sources, and 85% globally.
- In Cono Sur, energy efficiency is the most important sustainability achievement in 2021. Since the certification of its energy management system under ISO 50001:2011, significant reductions in energy consumption have been achieved. For example, thanks to the implementation of variable frequency drives in the irrigation system of the Santa Elisa estate, an improvement of 38.3% has been achieved compared to the base year 2013.
- On its part, Trivento reduced its electricity consumption by 43% in 2021, compared to the base year 2018.