Our approach to environmental management focuses on managing our risks whilst equally importantly, delivering environmental results, cost efficiencies and brand differentiation for the business.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 wineries and vineyards across the globe.
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.
Our commitment to managing biodiversity is captured in the TWE Biodiversity Guidelines, which were developed together with the Australian Conservation Foundation. These guidelines set out our high level commitment to biodiversity and provide detailed actions for managing the impacts of our operations on biodiversity, particularly within our wine business.
Suppliers are expected to comply with standards set out in TWE’s Responsible Procurement Code, which includes commitments to ethical standards and internationally proclaimed human rights. The Responsible Procurement Code has been incorporated into all tenders and the partner engagement process.