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Australian Vintage celebrates B Corporation certification of its domestic operations and global brands

Company News | February 2024

The global drinks leader furthers sustainability mission, joining the B Corp community of businesses meeting high standards of social and environmental impact.

Leading global drinks company Australian Vintage today announces B Corporation certification of its Australian operations and global pillar brands.

As a B Corp in the global drinks industry, the ASX-listed entity is among businesses leading the movement for an inclusive, equitable and regenerative economy. Certified B Corporations, or B Corps, are leading for-profit companies dedicated to using business as a force for good.

Australian Vintage joins domestic winemakers Minimum Wines and Unico Zelo, as well as purpose-driven brands Who Gives A Crap, KeepCup, Patagonia, KMD Brands (Rip Curl, Kathmandu, Oboz) and more in this new model of global business.

On the milestone, Australian Vintage Chief Marketing Officer Tom Dusseldorp says, “As a B Corp, we join a movement of businesses committed to transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities and the planet. We’re in business to make good wine that is truly good. This certification took collaboration across the entire Australian Vintage team and is a reflection of sustainable, inclusive and industry leading practices that were at the heart of the organisation. We are committed to continued improvement as part of the B Corp community and our public commitments.

B Lab Australia & Aotearoa New Zealand CEO, Andrew Davies, says, “Over 650 companies across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand are now Certified B Corporations, reflecting increasing demand for a model of business that benefits more than the bottom line. We welcome Australian Vintage to the diverse B Corp community as an example of how large-scale publicly listed companies can commit to positive impact on people and the planet.”

As part of the whole company certification, Australian Vintage pillar brands include Tempus Two, McGuigan Wines, Nepenthe, Barossa Valley Wine Company, and Not Guilty. Its Impact Strategy is built on thriving people, nurturing nature and prosperity with purpose. Key sustainability highlights include:

  • All 2400 hectares of leased and owned vineyards certified by Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, featuring regenerative viticulture practices that support water, soil and biodiversity
  • Complete transition to 100% renewable electricity across all sites this year
  • Its Buronga Hill Winery, home to one of Australia’s largest privately owned solar farms with 14,000 panels generating 2M+ kW a year
  • Net Zero 2040 target, with ESG-guided sustainability roadmap
  • Responsible enjoyment partnerships with DrinksWise (Australia) and Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP)(UK)
  • Continued innovation in the no and low alcohol category and spirits categories to offer choice
  • Rewarding employee benefits program (26 weeks paid leave for primary carers, loyalty leave, work from anywhere, paid volunteer days, sabbaticals, birthday leave)
  • Inclusive achievement-based team culture
  • Recognised for increased female representation across the company, including leadership
  • 81% of packaging recyclable, with 100% target by 2025