Chilean wine producer Viña Santa Rita is aiming to “lead the way”in terms of social responsibility, having scooped the coveted “Ethical Award” at the Drinks Business Green Awards prize-giving ceremony in London in summer 2015.
The Drinks Business Green Awards are on of the most important on a global scale when it comes to raising awareness of green issues in the drinks trade, recognising and rewarding those who are leading the way in sustainability and environmental performance.
The Ethical Award is given to a company or product whose foundations are firmly based in, and dedicated to, the community and environment where they are based. Companies shortlisted for the award included Symington Family Estates, Napa Valley Vintners and the CO-operative, but it was Santa Rita’s ethical and sustainable approach to all aspects of its operations that greatly impressed the judges. Santa Rita has in place a number of ethical and social initiatives focused primarily in two main areas: health and educational programmes aimed at Santa Rita employees and their families along with projects an dinitiatives for the local communities, mainly through aducational activities with children and schools.
Patrick Schmitt, editor in chief of the Drinks Business commented, ” Not only did this business display a genuinely responsible approach towards its workers, but also the wider community, with initiatives such as classical music concerts for underprivileged children and a native tree planting project in its key wine region, the Maipo Valley”.