Bruichladdich Distillery certified B-Corporation
19 May 2020
The Rémy Cointreau Group is proud to announce that, after a 15-month validation process, its Bruichladdich Distillery was certified “B-Corporation” (B-Corp).
This certification rewards Bruichladdich Distillery for achieving the highest levels of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and accountability. As such, the distillery joins the circle of 3,242 businesses, globally, which have implemented a rigorous approach to business decisions by focusing on people and the planet, in addition to profit.
Developing career opportunities for 80 permanent Islay employees, improving benefits packages and training programs as well as a focus on using local suppliers where possible, are just some of the elements involved in being a community-oriented business. Looking to the future, Bruichladdich Distillery has placed a renewed and ongoing emphasis on their sustainability agenda. Encapsulated within this, is the purchase of 30 acres of land, set aside for research and development on sustainable agriculture.
Commenting on this announcement, Bruichladdich Distillery’s Chief Executive Douglas Taylor states : “After 15 months of intense work and rigorous examination we stand here, not only as the first Single Malt Scotch Whisky distillery to be B Corp certified, but as the first whisky and gin company in Europe to attain B Corp status. I’ve been asked what the benefit is to us, but that’s not important. Being a certified B Corp business is validation that the transparent, sustainable, community minded business we’ve been running since 2001 is a worthwhile project. We are excited to now be officially part of a global movement of leaders using business as a force for good, standing shoulder to shoulder, and working together to create a more inclusive and sustainable economy.”
About Bruichladdich Distillery
Following a period of closure, Bruichladdich Distillery was re-opened in 2001 by a group of private investors, before being acquired by the Rémy Cointreau Group in 2012. Since its re-opening, the distillery has revolutionized the Scottish spirits category by leading the foraging movement in gin and reinventing their Victorian distillery to focus the majority of operations on their island home. Unusually, the distillery produces four different spirits under one roof, including the first ever Islay dry gin, The Botanist, and three single malts -Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore. One of nine distilleries on the island, they are the third smallest producer but the largest private employer. This is a direct consequence of their commitment and pursuit of an all-Islay operation.
About B Corp
Being a B Corporation (B Corp) means adhering to the highest levels of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and accountability. B Corporations take a more rigorous approach to business decisions by focusing on people and the planet, in addition to profit. B Corp Certification doesn’t just evaluate a product or service; it assesses the overall positive impact of the company that stands behind it. Certified B Corporations achieve a minimum verified score on the B Impact Assessment—a rigorous assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, customers, community, and environment—and make their B Impact Report transparent on bcorporation.net. Recertification takes place every 3 years. The combination of third-party validation, public transparency, and legal accountability help certified B Corps build trust and value. B Corp Certification is administered by the non-profit B Lab.
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