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 leader in sustainable viticulture and winemaking practices. Since its founding in 1968, Fetzer Vineyards has developed and implemented practices that are environmentally friendly, socially responsible and ultimately regenerative. Building on a decades-long commitment to reduce climate impacts, Fetzer Vineyards was the first U.S. winery to switch to green power, in 1999, and the first to voluntarily report and verify greenhouse gas emissions with The Climate Registry. Becoming the first CarbonNeutral® certified wine company in the U.S. in 2016 was a natural evolution for the pacesetting winery, recognized by the United Nations with a Momentum for Change award for climate-smart practices in 2017. Fetzer Vineyards is the largest winery in the world to be named a certified B Corporation—considered among the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility in business—and committed to the ambitious goal of becoming net positive in its operations by 2020.
A leading Fetzer Vineyards subsidiary brand, Bonterra Organic Vineyards is the leader in organic winemaking in the U.S. In 2019, Bonterra completed a landmark soil study highlighting the benefits of organic and Biodynamic® viticulture on soil health, the first research step in Bonterra’s long-term commitment to understand, practice and promote the important topic of soil-carbon stewardship. Celebrating over 30 years of organic farming, Bonterra aims to continue championing regenerative agriculture as an important part of the global effort to address climate change.
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.