This document describes the criteria, procedures, and general requirements for obtaining National Sustainability Code certification from the Chilean Wine Industry and for using the logo “Certified Sustainable Wine of Chile®.”
The Sustainability Code is a voluntary instrument designed to guide the Chilean Wine Industry towards sustainable wine production based on a high corporate, environmental, and quality standard and to motivate grape producers and wineries to improve their performance through the fulfillment of the requirements set out in the standard.
In order to meet the Code requirements, wineries must have an environmental and corporate management system that meets at least current national legislation regardless of the level of complexity of their operations.
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The Code requirements are framed in a long-term vision based on the combination of environmental, social equity, and economic viability principles. There are critical requirements that are mandatory (highlighted in color in the checklists) and others that are general in nature.
Through the fulfillment of the Code requirements, the companies that enter the certification system can demonstrate their capacity to decrease the potential environmental and social risks caused by activities involved in the production of wine. In the end, what is “certified” is the company’s management; not the final product.
The Code is applicable to all wine companies regardless of their scale of production and condition. They can be integrated, winemaking or grape producing companies (see Section 6- Definitions). The Code also considers individual certification of grape producers and facilities related to wine production such as wineries and bottling plants.
Regardless of the type of company, the Sustainability Code should help to:
Plan, implement, operate, and maintain a management system oriented towards sustainable wine production.
Minimize the potential environmental impacts generated in the wine production process.
Guide labor relations inside of the company within an ethical framework.
Improve communication with clients, suppliers, parties interested in the wine production process, and communities located close to the company’s production units.
Continually improve efforts to obtain and maintain certification.
The Code sets out requirements in the three main areas of the production process, which have been identified based on the reality of the wine industry:
Green Area: Vineyard. Includes land owned by the company and land owned by long-term suppliers (contracts of two years or more).
Red Area: Process. Includes the winery, bottling plant, and other facilities related to wine production.
Orange Area: Corporate. Applies to the company including its land, offices, and facilities.
There is a Compliance Standard and Checklist that contains the requirements and scores for each area. The checklist items are for reference and thus do not represent formal requirements of the certification process, and other means can be used to meet the requirements of the standard.