REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING CERTIFICATION
In order for a winery to obtain its certification, it must pass the three areas separately. Each unit evaluated in the Green and Red Areas (land, cellar, plant, etc.) receives an evaluation. For its part, in the Orange Area, a general evaluation is conducted for the company (a checklist and global decision) based on the evidence of the audit in different areas (land, cellars, plants, offices, etc.).
In order for each audited unit in the Red and Green Areas to meet the standard, they must pass 100% of the critical control points and obtain a score that is equal to or higher than the score established for its certification cycle, calculated on the basis of the total score obtained less those that do not apply to the specific situation that is being evaluated. This possibility of using the “Does Not Apply” option for a requirement is considered an exception and cannot be used generally or without basis.
The individual compliance percentages of each audited unit are not averaged together.
In the Orange Area, the entity must meet 100% of the critical requirements and the total score of the consolidated evaluation of the company established based on its certification cycle.
Grape or wine producers that request certification individually and independently must meet the Green or Red Area requirements, respectively, in 100% of the critical control points and obtain a total score that is equal to or higher than the established percentage depending on the certification cycle. This is calculated on the basis of the score of all of the requirements except for those that do not apply to the specific situation that is being evaluated.
Beginning January 1, 2013, the evaluation of the Sustainability Code applies to the three areas (Green, Red and Orange). However, independent grape producers and wine production and bottling units also may be certified individually by meeting the Green and Red Area requirements, respectively. When these entities join the supply chain of primary material or services of a certified winery or in the certification process, they must be considered in the scope of the Orange Area, specifically in regard to the relationship that the winery must have with its suppliers.
The wineries must meet the Code requirements for at least three months of implementation prior to the certification of the Code.
It is possible to use the “Not Applicable” option for some non-critical requirements in very well-justified cases. Any request must be submitted in advance to Vinos de Chile along with the certification application.
If there are Non-Compliances that affect the certification of the wineries that are communicated by the auditor, the wineries will have a period of time in which to resolve them as long as they affect their certification. If this is the case, they have 14 calendar days if the non-compliance is minor (documentation, installation of signage, etc.) and 28 days if the non-compliance corresponds to the installation of infrastructure, management system changes, etc. If the non-compliances do not affect the winery’s certification, they can be implemented and corrected during the following certification period.
Audits will be conducted of 40% of Type A land and 40% of Type B land submitted to the certification process. The total will always be rounded up to the next whole number in cases in which the percentage applied yields a decimal.
The selection of land to be audited will be conducted using random selection as a base along with the application of criteria based on risk analysis.
AA sampling based on the total number of units resulting from the calculation stipulated in the scope will be conducted: liters of wine in storage (60%) and liters of wine production in the bottling plant (60%).
The sampling will consider 40% of the number of cellars and 40% of the number of bottling plants presented for certification. The total will always be rounded up to the whole number in cases in which the percentage applied yields a decimal.
The square root of the universe represented by Type A land submitted for Green Area certification will be audited along with cellars, offices, and other facilities related to wine production submitted for Red Area certification and central and other offices that have human resources administration. As in other areas, the total number of units to be audited will be rounded up to the next whole number in cases in which a decimal number is yielded.
An evaluation and overall certification decision regarding the company will be conducted with a search for evidence of compliance in the units selected to be audited. Only the points related to their activities will be audited in these units.
In the selection of the type of units to be evaluated, the inclusion of land, cellars, bottling plants, and offices will be considered. The selection may be random or based on a risk analysis.
If more information or certainty is required in order to determine compliance with a critical requirement, an additional unit to be audited may be added in exceptional cases.
The certification decision is the responsibility of the certification agency. This decision is made with the support of the structure of the certification agency and can be handled by a certification official or agency that the certifier has for this purpose such as its own certification committee.
The certification decision will be made within 28 days of the closure of the audit..
Any complaint and/or appeal may be made in the first instance before the certification agency. The objection to the decision and an explanation for the motives for the disagreement must be submitted in writing. If the response to the appeal is negative, a second instance appeal may be filed with the Sustainability Code Superior Committee and its decision will be final.