Environment Policy

Our achievements in sustainable sourcing are underpinned by Treasury Wine Estates' Environment Policy, which outlines our commitment to understanding and minimising any adverse impacts our operations and our products have on the environment.

Environment Policy

Our achievements in sustainable sourcing are underpinned by Treasury Wine Estates' Environment Policy, which outlines our commitment to understanding and minimising any adverse impacts our operations and our products have on the environment.

Our approach to environmental management focuses on managing our risks whilst equally importantly, delivering environmental results, cost efficiencies and brand differentiation for the business. 

Our achievements in sustainable sourcing are underpinned by Treasury Wine Estates' Environment Policy, which outlines our commitment to understanding and minimising any adverse impacts our operations and our products have on the environment.

  • Environment Policy Tuesday, 24 November 2015 pdf 178 kB Download

Managing, Monitoring and Reporting Our Environmental Performance

A comprehensive environmental monitoring system underpins our transparent reporting, incorporating environmental metrics common across the businesses globally.

This system allows us to report energy and water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation at a global and site level, as an absolute figure or per unit of production.

We are transparent in our recording, and we report globally on various sustainable supply commitments including:

  • Treasury Wine Estates' Annual Report which includes key global metrics such as energy efficiency, water efficiency, energy consumed, water consumed, carbon emissions, solid waste generated and % solid waste to recycling 
  • The Australian Packaging Covenant (Australia)
  • Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (UK)
  • The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme (Australia)
  • The National Pollutant Inventory (Australia)

TWE Fact Sheets

For more information on TWE's approach to climate change, water and waste, please view the fact sheets below.

  • Climate Change fact sheet Friday, 08 September 2017 pdf 417 kB Download
  • Water fact sheet Friday, 08 September 2017 pdf 423 kB Download
  • Waste fact sheet Friday, 08 September 2017 pdf 363 kB Download

Climate Change

We acknowledge the significant challenge posed by climate change and the action needed to avoid increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere.

We recognise the importance of our responsibilities in reducing our carbon footprint and look for opportunities to achieve responsible carbon management across our supply chain.

We also recognise that climate change presents a number of risks to our business, particularly in relation to regulatory changes and the impact of changing climatic conditions on our vineyards. We have adopted appropriate management systems, strategies and processes to adapt to these existing and emerging issues. Our environmental program aligns environmental initiatives and activities occurring within our business against our environmental priorities and objectives stated in our Environment Policy.

Vineyard and Winery Sustainability

We are a leader in the wine industry in monitoring and analysing climate related viticulture data. Harvest conditions and timing, and regional and varietal variations, are collected and analysed to inform viticulture planning and regional supply contracts.

All of our vineyards, wineries and packaging centres maintain environmental management plans that are unique to each site, and help with managing the risks and opportunities of:

  • Water use and quality
  • Agrochemical use
  • Fuel storage and handling
  • Biodiversity
  • Soil health
  • Waste
  • Carbon emissions
Continuous environmental improvement action plans are in place for each site.

Sustainable Choice

Sustainable Choice is a tool that was developed by Treasury Wine Estates, advising sites on the selection of chemicals that have least impact on people and the environment. The tool incorporates a scoring system and vineyards are able to measure the “softness” of their agrochemical spray programs.

Green Business Program

The Green Business Program is actively supported by our vineyards in Napa and Sonoma in the Americas. The program focuses on businesses achieving environmental compliance, conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimising waste.

Systems and Processes

The systems and processes TWE has in place mean that we have been able to achieve and maintain independent third party certification of our owned and operated vineyards across the globe.

  • In Australia, all of our wineries and vineyards are certified under the Entwine program – the Australian wine industry’s environmental assurance program.
  • In Italy, our estate production has been certified under Magis since 2013. The certification is issued by DNV GL, an international certification body. In 2017 the estate also received ISO 14001 certification.
  • In New Zealand, all of Treasury Wine Estates' vineyards and production facilities are independently certified under Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.
  • In the USA, our production is certified under Napa Green and Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing.

Research and Development Projects Partnerships

To help the industry identify further improvements to environmental sustainability and efficiency, TWE also partners in a number of research and development projects with institutes such as the University of Adelaide (Australia) and The Australian Wine Research Institute.

Projects have included biochar, waste management and the use of digital imagery for crop prediction.

Supply Chain

Treasury Wine Estates considers the sustainability of every aspect of our supply chain, including sustainability of our suppliers’ activity.

Suppliers are expected to comply with standards set out in TWE’s Responsible Procurement Code, which includes commitments to ethical standards, internationally proclaimed human rights and environmental standards. The Responsible Procurement Code has been incorporated into all tenders and the partner engagement process.

  • Responsible Procurement Code Friday, 29 January 2016 pdf 190 kB Download

Supply Chain Transparency

At Treasury Wine Estates we are committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities and our global supply chain.

Our Statement on Preventing Modern Slavery outlines the actions we are taking to understand and address modern slavery risks related to our business.

  • TWE Statement on Preventing Modern Slavery F17 Tuesday, 06 September 2016 pdf 150 kB Download

Sustainable Packaging

As a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), TWE is committed to designing packaging in a way that is more resource efficient and more recyclable, is recoverable and reduces litter.  TWE reports annual progress under its APC Action Plan.

  • TWE Australian Packaging Covenant Report 2016 Wednesday, 29 March 2017 pdf 220 kB Download
  • TWE Australian Packaging Covenant Revised Action Plan F15-F17 Wednesday, 10 August 2016 pdf 830 kB Download
  • TWE Australian Packaging Covenant Report 2015 Wednesday, 10 August 2016 pdf 193 kB Download

Product Safety and Quality

TWE is committed to ensuring a safe, sustainable and timely supply of quality products to its customers. The Company’s policy on product safety and quality confirms this commitment by ensuring regular reviews of the Quality Management System are undertaken in order to achieve best practice and implement process improvements. The Company’s product safety and quality objectives are to:

  • continuously improve existing processes by bench-marking against other leading beverage companies;
  • engage employees to be quality focused;
  • strive to exceed customers’ expectations; and
  • meet full compliance with all statutory obligations.

A consistent risk management strategy has been developed across the Company to manage product safety and quality. This has resulted in the implementation of internationally recognised quality standards at production sites including Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) standards, British Retail Consortium (BRC) standards and International Organisation for Standardisation of Quality and Food Safety systems (ISO 9000 and FSSC22000).

TWE’s quality systems have a robust raw material approval process to ensure that finished product adheres to relevant regulatory requirements and product quality is continually improved. This also identifies the presence of any allergens that are traced throughout the production process to ensure that wines containing these materials are appropriately labelled.