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 fine wines through sustainable winemaking and viticulture operations goes beyond protecting our natural environment. We strive to enhance our land and enrich the lives of the community dependent on our businesses.


Our first step

Sula Sustainability Report FY’20 is our 2nd 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


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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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%.

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.

This implies that your favorite wine bottles can be reused, and can serve another purpose long after it has been poured out.

We compost our wet waste and recycle our dry waste to eliminate our footprint on landfills. The grape skin and stem left behind after juice extraction goes in compost.
The grape seeds go in making our pioneering ‘Grape Seed Oil’. Other farm waste - twigs, leaves, vines and such - are decomposed and used for mulching in the vineyards.This not only helps make use of horticulture residue, but also retains soil moisture.

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.

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.

To reduce the carbon footprint of each bottle, we’ve increasingly madeit lighter without compromising its strength. This means sustainable shipping, easier transportation and massive decrease in emissions, both upstream and downstream.


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%.


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.


This implies that your favorite wine bottles can be reused, and can serve another purpose long after it has been poured out.


We compost our wet waste and recycle our dry waste to eliminate our footprint on landfills. The grape skin and stem left behind after juice extraction goes in compost.
The grape seeds go in making our pioneering ‘Grape Seed Oil’. Other farm waste - twigs, leaves, vines and such - are decomposed and used for mulching in the vineyards.This not only helps make use of horticulture residue, but also retains soil moisture.


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.


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.


To reduce the carbon footprint of each bottle, we’ve increasingly madeit lighter without compromising its strength. This means sustainable shipping, easier transportation and massive decrease in emissions, both upstream and downstream.

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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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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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

65% of energy needs met by renewable power.

Drive optimization in the supply chain

Maximum packaging to be recyclable


Ensure zero waste is sent to landfill at our wineries


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 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.

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

65% of energy needs met by renewable power.

Drive optimization in the supply chain

Maximum packaging to be recyclable


Ensure zero waste is sent to landfill at our wineries


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 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 and sharing advancements in agricultural technology directly with our farmers to increase their production. Our farmers are a key part of the Sula family, and we take pride in nurturing a number of small family-run farms in the region and 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.


Share training materials for responsible drinking


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

Keep people safe by ensuring no more than 1 Loss Time

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 and sharing advancements in agricultural technology directly with our farmers to increase their production. Our farmers are a key part of the Sula family, and we take pride in nurturing a number of small family-run farms in the region and 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

Share training materials for responsible drinking


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

Keep people safe by ensuring no more than 1 Loss Time

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


Follow UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights