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.
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