Concha y Toro at the Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development
The company was invited to participate as official sponsor, being the only winery in the world to achieve this category. In order to qualify for this status, it has to show its commitment with sustainable development through projects linked to care for the environment and its social surroundings.
Rio + 20 is the third version of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The meeting will develop the bases for defining the future routes to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for humanity.
Viña Concha y Toro was invited to participate in this summit, to be held in Río de Janeiro, Brazil between June 20 and 22.
The winery has followed a sustainability strategy that includes important projects for measuring emissions, the water footprint, clean energies and relations with the community, positioning itself as a benchmark for the industry in these matters.
As the sustainability focus has become a fundamental part of the winery’s strategic planning, it was invited to form part of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20).
Concha y Toro will have the unique opportunity of presenting its ultra premium wines in a tasting to be offered at the inauguration ceremony which will be attended by the principal representatives of the nations participating.
The company will also be presenting its paper “Viña Concha y Toro: Commitment with Sustainability.”
“Our business is by its nature agricultural and we have therefore always sought a balance and harmony in our vineyards. We are convinced as a company that it is possible to produce high-quality in harmony and balance with man and nature. The winery therefore understands sustainability as a value within the company.
“This has enabled us to work with respect for the environment, and with an attitude of proximity with our personnel, consumers and stakeholders,” said Cristóbal Goycoolea, Concha y Toro’s manager of sustainable development.
Thus initiatives such as the measurement of the carbon footprint begun in 2007, the progressive reduction in the weight of bottles of up to 14%, the development of projects for achieving better energy efficiency, responsible water management and the handling of waste have permitted Concha y Toro to make tangible its constant commitment with the production of wines in harmony with the environment.