Sula Wines Sustainability - Sula Vineyards

Sustainability

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At sula, green is as important as red, white and Rosé.

Sustainability is a guiding principle of life and business for us. We strive to be responsible stewards of our land, not just because it’s the right thing to do but also because it’s the best way to make authentic, distinctive wines. Our commitment to producing the best wines through sustainable winemaking and viticulture operations goes beyond protecting our natural environment. Green Sula is an initiative undertaken by the company to make their vineyards eco-friendlier as well as more cost-effective. Some of the initiatives include promotion of renewable energy, efficient water harvesting systems and recycling of packaging and solid waste management. 


Our first step

Sula Sustainability Report FY’22 is our 4th edition of the Sustainability Report, which provides insights on our key sustainability pillars and measures we have taken to drive them. It gives a summary of all the work we have done to mitigate our environmental footprint.

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Environment

Environment


Our sustainability efforts involve making decisions and taking actions that are in the interests of protecting the natural world, with an emphasis on preserving the environment and reducing negative impact. During every stage of the production process, we’ve made sure to remain eco-conscious and responsible towards our environment.


Our Actions

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Water usage

We’re constantly investing in ways to cut down our fresh water consumption by using natural structures like reservoirs and ponds to capture rainwater. We recycle water from our processes in effluent treatment plants and drive efficiency in our processes. Drip irrigation has shown significant results at our vineyards as it has helped reduce water consumption by 30-40%.

Solar energy

Cleaner energies like solar,have been our focus from the very beginning. Our infrastructure supports the use of solar energy or even direct sunlight, which reduces our dependence on electricity. This helps in preventing the release of close to 2000 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We also use solar pumps for lifting water at our vineyards to further eliminate the use of any fuel, helping us save approximately 10,000 litres of diesel annually.

Recycle

We are an applicant member of the International Wineries for Climate Action (“IWCA”), a working group of wineries dedicated to reducing carbon emissions across the wine industry. IWCA is a part of the ‘Race to Zero’ global campaign, led by the United Nations and its member wineries are committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. 

Organic farms

We consciously replaced all chemical-based supplies to natural supplements for our vineyards and offices, thus guaranteeing a chemical-free environment for our employees and guests.

Wineries

Through integrated pest management systems, we take the highest measures to maintain a natural and healthy ecosystem at our farms by using indigenous species of plants to enhance the natural ecosystem. This increases the population of healthy organisms and decreases harmful pests naturally. Another such practice we implemented is of using sheep grazing to get rid of weeds on the farm; a win-win for both , the shepherds and us.

sustainability

We have been successful in building a responsible supply chain, sourcing raw materials locally, and optimizing packaging materials using lightweight bottles. This means sustainable shipping, easier transportation and massive decrease in emissions, both upstream and downstream.

Water usage

We’re constantly investing in ways to cut down our fresh water consumption by using natural structures like reservoirs and ponds to capture rainwater. We recycle water from our processes in effluent treatment plants and drive efficiency in our processes. Drip irrigation has shown significant results at our vineyards as it has helped reduce water consumption by 30-40%.

Solar energy

Cleaner energies like solar,have been our focus from the very beginning. Our infrastructure supports the use of solar energy or even direct sunlight, which reduces our dependence on electricity. This helps in preventing the release of close to 2000 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We also use solar pumps for lifting water at our vineyards to further eliminate the use of any fuel, helping us save approximately 10,000 litres of diesel annually.

Recycle

We are an applicant member of the International Wineries for Climate Action (“IWCA”), a working group of wineries dedicated to reducing carbon emissions across the wine industry. IWCA is a part of the ‘Race to Zero’ global campaign, led by the United Nations and its member wineries are committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. 

Recyclable bottle

We have been successful in building a responsible supply chain, sourcing raw materials locally, and optimizing packaging materials using lightweight bottles. This means sustainable shipping, easier transportation and massive decrease in emissions, both upstream and downstream.

People

People


The real heroes of our sustainability initiatives are our people - the committed and passionate ones who are behind everything positive that goes into our sustainability reports. We believe in taking care of our people - our employees, consumers and the communities we operate in. All our decisions come from a place of constantly striving to create a positive impact on all the lives we touch.


Our Actions

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Winemaking company

Educating our consumers about our products and spreading awareness about responsible drinking is our priority. Another mission is to bring about tangible change in people’s lives. We have adopted villages around our wineries, where we have helped install underground drainage systems, provided RO water,aided pond desilting, upgraded school infrastructure, built parks and open spaces, and installed LED street lights. We aim to empower our communities to sustain themselves through education and work opportunities.

Wine business

To enable our employees to continue doing their best,we continuously monitor our work environment and periodically test to ensure that the soil, air, noise and water quality are at their optimum. Training in handling emergency situations, fire fighting and mock drills ensure our collective safety standards, with external and internal audits to make sure we don’t falter. MakingSula a healthy, happy workplace for everyone to work at.

Human rights

We have policies in place toensure that the workplace is fair,safe and healthy for all - these include policies on preventionof sexual harassment, road safety, maternity rights, vigilance and promoting diversity at theworkplace. Back in our vineyards, we uphold strict standards whenit comes to the prohibition of child labour. This also implies tocontract farms and companies we do business with, who have to abide by our zero-tolerance approach to child labour.

We aspire to build a community and a culture that fosters high levels of job satisfaction,value creation and mutual respect.

Winemaking company

Educating our consumers about our products and spreading awareness about responsible drinking is our priority. Another mission is to bring about tangible change in people’s lives. We have adopted villages around our wineries, where we have helped install underground drainage systems, provided RO water,aided pond desilting, upgraded school infrastructure, built parks and open spaces, and installed LED street lights. We aim to empower our communities to sustain themselves through education and work opportunities.

Wine business

To enable our employees to continue doing their best,we continuously monitor our work environment and periodically test to ensure that the soil, air, noise and water quality are at their optimum. Training in handling emergency situations, fire fighting and mock drills ensure our collective safety standards, with external and internal audits to make sure we don’t falter. MakingSula a healthy, happy workplace for everyone to work at.

Human rights

We have policies in place toensure that the workplace is fair,safe and healthy for all - these include policies on preventionof sexual harassment, road safety, maternity rights, vigilance and promoting diversity at theworkplace. Back in our vineyards, we uphold strict standards whenit comes to the prohibition of child labour. This also implies tocontract farms and companies we do business with, who have to abide by our zero-tolerance approach to child labour.

We aspire to build a community and a culture that fosters high levels of job satisfaction,value creation and mutual respect.


Wineries in India

THE SUSTAINABLE SULA INITIATIVE


The Sustainable Sula Initiative reflects our commitment to be the most sustainable winery in Asia, while doing our bit to leave the environment cleaner and greener. The world is changing rapidly and we have the power to make a difference today, by collectively working together,as employees, stakeholders and customers. Understanding this responsibility, our initiative aims at improving the world around us in a multidimensional manner. We understand that a big impact comes from all the small steps we take day in and day out.


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Water management

Improve water use efficiency in operations by 30%

100% of wastewater to be reused in wineries and resorts

Improve water use efficiency in viticulture by 30%


Ensure access to WASH

Greenhouse gases

Promotion of renewable energy with close to 60% of energy requirement fulfilled by solar.

Supply chain

Drive optimization in the supply chain

Wastewater management

Maximum packaging to be recyclable


Ensure zero waste is sent to landfill at our wineries

Water management

Improve water use efficiencyin operations by 30%

100% of wastewater to be reused in wineries and resorts

Improve water use efficiencyin viticulture by 30%


Ensure access to WASH

Greenhouse gases

Promotion of renewable energy with close to 60% of energy requirement fulfilled by solar.

Supply chain

Drive optimization in the supply chain

Wastewater management

Maximum packaging to be recyclable


Ensure zero waste is sent to landfill at our wineries


Energy saving

Energy consumption

Ensure minimal diesel consumption by switching to 100% solar powered pumps at our farms.

Employ solar energy for 49%to 54% of winery and hospitality operations.

Use E-vehicles onsite to further reduce fuel consumption and carbon footprint.

Install heat pumps and energy saving panels to reduce carbon footprint


eco-friendly

Eco Consciousness

Launched India’s first wine in a can, Dia Wine Sparkler, to further our sustainability impact.

Maintain a biogas plant and employ vermicomposting in our vineyards.


CREATING A SUSTAINABLE WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL

We’re working towards achieving our vision of a world where people’s basic needs, such as shelter, clean water, education and reliable energy, are fulfilled. We aim to provide a work environment that results in higher productivity and efficient use of resources as we work towards realizing our vision.

We're proud to be India's largest partners of wine grape farmers in India, with our commitment to fair livelihoods. Our farmers are a key part of the Sula family, and we take pride in contributing to sustained economic development and progress.

This means that whether you choose a bottle of Sula red wine, white wine, Rosé wine or sparkling wine, you're directly contributing to sustainable development of communities that deserve it the most.


Community

Share training materials for responsible drinking


Enable people and communities around us to build a better future for themselves

Employee

Keep people safe by ensuring no more than 1 Loss Time

Human rights

Prevent use of child labour in our supply chain including contract farms


Follow UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights


CREATING A SUSTAINABLE WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL

We’re working towards achieving our vision of a world where people’s basic needs, such as shelter, clean water, education and reliable energy, are fulfilled. We aim to provide a work environment that results in higher productivity and efficient use of resources as we work towards realizing our vision.

We're proud to be India's largest partners of wine grape farmers in India, with our commitment to fair livelihoods. Our farmers are a key part of the Sula family, and we take pride in contributing to sustained economic development and progress.

This means that whether you choose a bottle of Sula red wine, white wine, Rosé wine or sparkling wine, you're directly contributing to sustainable development of communities that deserve it the most.


CLICK TO KNOW MORE

Community

Share training materials for responsible drinking


Enable people and communities around us to build a better future for themselves

Employee

Keep people safe by ensuring no more than 1 Loss Time

Human rights

Prevent use of child labour in our supply chain including contract farms


Follow UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights