We are B Corp Certified

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After a rigorous, year-long submission process, we are delighted to announce that Bruichladdich Distillery, home of The Botanist Gin, is B Corp certified. We are actually the only whisky and gin distillery in Europe to meet the stringent requirements set by B Corp; adhering to their detailed standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

Set up in 2006, the B Corp certification process was organised to help mission-driven businesses protect and improve their positive impact over time. Acknowledging that governments and non-profits can only go so far in driving change, we join numerous for-profit businesses that balance profit and purpose, helping to tackle some of the challenges our modern societies face.

Certified B CorporationAs of Tuesday 19th May 2020, over 3,327 companies, in 150 industries, across 71 countries are certified. We are immensely proud to be part of this global community. Some of you will already be familiar with B Corp, others will have no idea what we’re referring to, and that’s completely understandable considering how uncommon this certification is in the world of spirits. There are only six distilleries globally that have achieved the status, some making vodka, rum, whiskey or limoncello. Only two make gin – so we’re in good company!

Some of the highlights that have helped us to achieve our certification include our benefits package to staff. These include Living Wage employment, a 5-10% bonus scheme shared for 100% of our staff, annual cost of living adjustments as well as private healthcare, life assurance provisions, and 34 days paid annual leave as standard. We’re also a diverse employer with a sound training and development program, including 50%+ female management and an age range of staff spanning from 19 to 75 years of age.

Our progressive attitude towards our community and sustainability have also helped us qualify. Our establishment of The Botanist Foundation in 2016 has encouraged many projects supporting research in environmental fields and conservation. We currently fund a PHD student who will investigate ways to help Scotland’s juniper population thrive. We’ve supported pollinator programmes and partnered with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International in a four-year long project.

Douglas Taylor, our CEO

Here’s a timeline of the significant milestones our  distillery has achieved and a note from our Chief Executive, Douglas Taylor.

“It’s clear the values at the heart Bruichladdich are completely aligned with the B Corp movement’s objectives – that we value place and people, as well as profit – and therefore it was an obvious next step for us.

“Fifteen months of intense work and rigorous interrogation later 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 distilling company in Europe to attain the accreditation.

“I’ve been asked what the benefit is to us, but that’s not really the point. Yes, its validation that the transparent, sustainable, community minded business we’ve been running since 2001 is a worthwhile project, and yes it will open a new network of like-minded businesses and consumers, but the biggest and most significant point is that we are now 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.

“We’ve always believed we exist as an antidote to tradition, and that we have a bigger purpose than just making and selling spirits. We are therefore incredibly proud of what has been achieved. This is really the beginning, and there are many more advances we can make to ensure we continue to achieve the highest standards of social and environmental performance possible.”

 

Key Milestones for the Distillery:

 

2001 – Re-opened after seven years of closure. Would win Distillery of the Year for the first time, again subsequently in 2003, 2006 and 2007

2003 – Opening of on-site bottling hall, no longer outsourced to Scottish Mainland

2005 – Bruichladdich wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

2010 – Energy from anaerobic digester tested

2010 – The Botanist Gin is first distilled

2011 – Winner of The Energy Institute Environment Award

2011 – Circulation system installed, using wastewater from the stills to heat distillery offices, bottling hall and visitor centre

2015 – Sponsorship of PS Racing begins; solo trans-Atlantic sailor and engineer active in renewables research including ‘race to zero emissions’

2016 – The Botanist Foundation established; provides ongoing support of RSPB on Islay, Nature of Scotland award, wildflower project and funding for a PHD student to explore conservation of juniper

2017 – Planting of 7,500 trees around our Coultorsay warehouses

2017 – Collaborative research with the Islay Pollinator Initiative funded by The Botanist Foundation

2018-2019 – 126 tonnes of landfill recycled diverted (recycled or reused)

2018 – Purchase of 30 acres of land, named Shore House Croft, intended for sustainable agriculture R & D

2019 – Certified as Living Wage Employer. Improved maternity pay and flexible working introduced. Cycle to work scheme introduced and +11% headcount recruited .

2019 – Distillery introduces two fully-electric cars for business travel

2019 – The Botanist Foundation begins partnership with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International, supporting their Global Botanic Garden Fund

2020 – From 1st May, 100% of the distillery’s electricity is sourced renewably in the UK

2025 – Plan to use renewable energy to power our production process

 

Here’s to the ongoing journey.

More details about the distillery and sustainability here > 

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