Viña Concha y Toro and its subsidiary companies integrate sustainability in their mission as a central pillar of the business. From this point, the company is progressing towards the production of high-quality wines with a philosophy that incorporates initiatives which contribute to managing economic, environmental and social factors in a balanced way in the entire the production process.
Throughout its history, Viña Concha y Toro has promoted the rational use of natural resources and harmonious development of its stakeholders, from the vineyard to the final product. In the same way, today the vineyard has placed at the center of its strategy the conviction that economic success goes hand in hand with environmental care and social responsibility, collaborating in the formation of a virtuous circle in which the creation of economic value is complemented by social and community development. This spirit is shared by each of the subsidiaries, which consider sustainability to be an integral part of their identity and are implementing innovative projects in this field.
Likewise, thinking in its employees, clients and the society in general, for Viña Concha y Toro is important that all activities or decisions related to the production, distribution, sale or consumption of its products is carried out in accordance with the principles and values that represent the Company, positively promoting the consumption of its products as part of a healthy lifestyle at all times.
Viña Concha y Toro forms part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Chile Index. This is the most prestigious international sustainability index, which has been adopted by the Santiago Stock Exchange. It evaluates environmental, social, economic and corporate governance aspects of companies’ performance. In line with the most extensive and highest international standards, the Winery develops its strategy and manages its impacts on key stakeholders by considering six fundamental pillars: supply chain, product, clients, people, society and environment. Based on its strategy, Viña Concha y Toro provides information on its performance in its Sustainability Report, which is prepared in accordance with GRI’s G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, and responds to the Communication on Progress (COP) with regard to the incorporation of the UN Global Compact principles.
In Chile, the obtainment of the Wines of Chile National Sustainability Code certification was a key initiative, which reaffirms the company’s commitment to attaining the highest standards and practices in environmental and social management. The certification includes Concha y Toro, Cono Sur Winery, Palo Alto, Maycas del Limarí, Viña Maipo and Canepa.
Cono Sur subsidiary has focused on organic wine production, and today holds a Kiwa BCS Öko-Garantie GmbH organic management certification in most of its vineyards. The Winery has been a pioneer in sustainable agriculture, integrated vineyard management and several eco-friendly projects in Chile. Its operation has ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications in quality management and environmental management respectively.
Through the acquisition in 2011 of Fetzer Vineyards in California, USA, the group incorporated a leading operation in sustainable agriculture practices. Since its beginnings and throughout its history of over decades, Fetzer Vineyards has been a permanent example of commitment to sustainable agriculture. in 1999, it became the first company in California to operate 100% with green energy, the first winery to obtain Zero Waste Certification, and through its commitment to climate change it became the first CarbonNeutral winery in the USA. In 2015, it achieved a new milestone by obtaining B Corp certification, the largest winery to receive this acknowledgment, and set the goal of becoming carbon positive by 2020. Meanwhile, Bonterra Winery is the leader in organic winemaking in the USA.
Viña Concha y Toro’s operations in Argentina, through Bodega Trivento, has enabled the Winery to position itself as a sustainability leader in the social field. Its approach is focused on its internal public and the community, generating initiatives related to development, education and the wellbeing of its collaborators. The PART-TIME ATTENDANCE EDUCATION COMPLETION PROGRAM, which facilitates finishing secondary education, stands out.
Collaboration and sharing best practices are part of the company’s vocation for leadership. Overall, the strategy of each Viña Concha y Toro subsidiary has enabled the company to be recognized on an international level for its leadership on sustainability issues, as well as its initiatives and continuous efforts to innovate in this field. Through its Center for Research and Innovation, it is consolidating its position as a national and global leader in applied research for the wine industry.