Fetzer Vineyards

Since its founding in 1968, Fetzer Vineyards has developed and implemented practices that are environmentally friendly, socially responsible and ultimately regenerative. Building on a decades-long commitment to reduce climate impacts, Fetzer Vineyards was the first U.S. winery to switch to green power, in 1999, and the first to report and verify GHG emissions with The Climate Registry. Becoming the first CarbonNeutral? certified wine company in the U.S. in 2016 was a natural evolution for the pacesetting winery, recognised by the United Nations with a Momentum for Change award for climate-smart practices in 2017.

It isn’t enough to simply sustain the world we live in. At Fetzer Vineyards, we believe in going beyond sustaining our world to regenerating it, creating positive impacts.

Giancarlo Bianchetti, CEO, Fetzer Vineyards

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Define

Fetzer Vineyards became a CarbonNeutral? company in partnership with Natural Capital Partners, with the certification spanning greenhouse gas emissions of the company’s operations.

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Measure

To secure CarbonNeutral? company certification, Fetzer Vineyards calculated the emissions arising from: owned, leased or directly controlled stationary and mobile sources that use fuels and/or emit fugitive emissions; emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, heat, and cooling; and emissions from waste and business travel.

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Target

In 2015, Fetzer Vineyards set a target to become a CarbonNeutral? company by 2020.

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Reduce

Fetzer Vineyards became a CarbonNeutral? company in 2016, doing so through a combination of internal reductions undertaken over decades, renewable energy generation and consumption, and support of external emission reduction projects.

Fetzer Vineyards has reduced its emissions by increasing the use of renewable energy and diverting over 98% of waste from the landfill, becoming the first winery in the world to achieve TRUE zero waste certification, in 2014. Following realisation of internal efficiencies, Fetzer Vineyards achieved zero-emissions status by supporting a number of innovative emissions reductions projects around the world, such as those capturing methane from landfill sites and delivering reforestation in North America, and wind energy projects in India.

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Communicate

Building on more than 50 years of pioneering sustainable winegrowing in California, Fetzer Vineyards is working to implement a regenerative strategy that goes beyond sustainability to operate ways that restore, revitalise and regenerate ecosystems and communities, while producing premium quality wines, advancing the health and well-being of employees, and producing sustainable growth for shareholders. In 2015, Fetzer Vineyards became the largest winery in the world to receive B Corp certification from the non-profit B Lab. B Corps are for-profit companies that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. In 2017, Fetzer Vineyards formally incorporated its sustainable ethos into its legal structure, becoming a Benefit Corporation in the State of California. Benefit corporations are for-profit businesses that are legally bound to place stakeholders, including workers, the community and the environment, on an even playing field with shareholder profits. This important step paves the way for Fetzer Vineyards to continue working towards creating positive impacts on people, communities, and the environment.

Internally, Fetzer Vineyards communicates its sustainability in part through its “RE3” team, (Restore – Revitalize – Regenerate), a cross-departmental group that meets monthly to develop sustainability-focused initiatives and share ideas for engaging employees in varied sustainability efforts, including wellness training, coordinated volunteer programmes, and cultivation of an onsite organic vegetable garden.

In 2017, the company was among 19 global recipients of a United Nations “Momentum for Change Award” for its climate-smart practices. Fetzer Vineyards’ COO Cindy DeVries received the award at the UNFCCC's COP23 meeting in Bonn from astronaut Tim Peake.

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