Australian Vintage Limited (AVL) has announced that it has achieved B Corp certification across its Australian operations and global pillar brands.

This certification includes AVL’s key Australian brands such as Tempus Two, McGuigan Wines, Nepenthe, Barossa Valley Wine Company, and Not Guilty.

AVL’s Chief Marketing Officer Tom Dusseldorp spoke to the significance of the certification.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

As evidence of the company’s commitment to sustainability, all 2400 hectares of AVL’s leased and owned vineyards are certified by Sustainable Winegrowing Australia, and utilise regenerative viticulture practices that support soil health, responsible water use, and biodiversity.

Additionally, the company will complete its transition to 100 per cent renewable energy across all sites this year. This has already seen success at the Buronga Hill Winery, home to one of Australia’s largest privately-owned solar farms, which boasts 14,000 solar panels that produce more than two million kilowatts of power a year. Furthermore, 81 per cent of AVL’s packaging is currently recyclable, with the goal to reach 100 per cent by 2025.

On the social responsibility side, AVL continues to engage in responsible enjoyment partnerships with DrinkWise in Australia and Community Alcohol Partnerships in the UK. Additionally, employees have a robust benefits program, with 26 weeks paid leave for primary carers, loyalty leave, paid volunteer days, birthday leave, and a work-from-anywhere structure.

Andrew Davies, B Lab Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand CEO, congratulated AVL on receiving the certification.

“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,” he said.

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