Accolade Wines has a long-term obligation to managing our business in an environmentally responsible manner at all levels, from our vineyards through to our production facilities and distribution networks. We are also highly aware of the environmental risks to our industry generated by climate change, resourcing challenges and security of supply.
Our commitment to environmental protection, prevention of pollution and compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations is integrated within both our global and local business processes.
Banrock Station Environmental Trust
The Banrock Station Environmental Trust was established in 1995 to re-invest profits from the sale of wines from Banrock Station, an Accolade Wines brand, into environmental projects around the world. Our commitment to date exceeds AUD$6 million for more than 130 projects in 13 countries.
Following more than a century of intensive farming, the sensitive riverine environment around the Banrock Station vineyard was itself in significant distress, with many native species of flora and fauna having all but disappeared from the region.
Our commitment to restoring the wetlands, along with the dedication of our Banrock Station ecologists and rangers, support from government and volunteer groups, as well as the critical financial contribution made by our consumers via their purchase of Banrock Station wines, has seen the area return to a thriving ecosystem of approximately 1,500 hectares of lagoons, flood plains and native woodlands.
As well as the local area, the Trust also supports internationally and nationally recognised conservation organisations to further their objectives in tackling global environmental issues such as climate change, water conservation, ecosystem loss and species loss.
These conservation projects have included returning salmon to rivers in Canada, otter protection in Denmark, bee recovery in the UK, supporting the Mai Po Wetlands in Hong Kong and backing the American Forests’ campaign to preserve the whitebark pine in the US. The Trust has also contributed AUD$750,000 to WWF Australia research to identify threats to endangered turtles on the Great Barrier Reef.