Embracing the challenge to make our business and our communities stronger and sustainable for years to come.
Plain and simple, our business is dependent on the land. That’s why we take the responsibility of ensuring clean water, air and soil at every Constellation site around the world. But we reach further than that by aiming to improve the environment in those areas, and always strive to reduce our collective impact.
We ground our commitment in these tenets:
Water is important to us all as a natural resource. It is essential to the production of our brands and vital to our markets, consumers, and local communities. As an agriculture-based company, Constellation Brands, Inc. recognizes that changes in quantity and/or quality of our water supply can have far-reaching and extended impacts. We are committed to serving as responsible stewards of water through efficient use at all of our facilities, maintaining source availability and quality, working with our business and community partners on conservation efforts, and transparent reporting.
As part of our commitment to protect the environment and the global communities where we operate, we are committed to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and energy consumption and reduce negative climate change impacts.
Each year since 2009, we have submitted a climate change and water response to CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), an independent not-for-profit organization that gives investors insight into companies’ greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and strategies for managing climate change and water risk. We were included in the 2017 CDP Leadership Index for our best practice actions around water management.
Our CDP submissions can be read on the CDP's website.
Here is a summary of our progress.
Carbon Intensity Metric Scope 1 and 2 (Metric Tonnes CO2e/Million Liters of Product Produced)
Approximately 17,000 solar panels at four our wineries came online in 2010 and 2011, making the initiative one of the largest solar footprints in the U.S. wine industry. The solar power generated is projected to cover most, if not all, of the wineries’ energy needs. The four systems have a combined solar power of 3.95 megawatt DC, which is equivalent to 4.5 million pounds of emitted carbon being removed from the atmosphere. This amount equates to 9 million miles not driven annually or 226 million miles not driven over the next 25 years.
Constellation Brands serves as a signatory of the Business Alliance for Water and Climate, which brings together private sector companies to collaborate in solving water-related issues and implementing strategies that reduce water-related risks, including companies’ operational impacts on water throughout the value chain. BAFWAC companies commit to: analyzing and sharing water-related risks to implement collaborative response strategies, measuring and reporting water use data, and reducing impacts on water in operations and throughout the value chain
All of our California wineries and vineyards are proud to be certified as part of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance third-party Certification Program. The program is based on 227 best management practices and 58 prerequisites covering environmental practices and socially equitable business practices. The goals of the program are to enhance transparency, encourage statewide participation and advance the entire California wine industry toward best practices in environmental stewardship, conservation of resources and socially equitable business practices.
All of our wineries in New Zealand are proud to be members of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, an industry group established in 1995. Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand provides members with environmental best practices for the vineyard and the winery, an external audit structure, and much more. The group also addresses consumer concerns about the environmental impacts of the products its members produce.
Napa Green is a voluntary program focused on independently certified, environmentally sound farming and production methods that meet and exceed local, federal and state “best practices.” “Napa Valley vintners and growers develop farm-specific plans tailored to protect and enhance the ecological quality of the region. The Napa Green programs are open to all Napa County vintners and grape growers.” There are two certification programs: Napa Green Certified Land and Napa Green Certified Winery.
The Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing is a third-party certified sustainable winegrowing program, which promotes practices that enhance biodiversity, soil and water health, and community and employee well-being. To be certified, a grower must pass an independent audit of their viticulture practices.
Fish Friendly Farming is a certification program for agricultural properties managed to restore fish and wildlife habitat and improve water quality. More than 1,300 acres of Constellation vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties are certified in the Fish Friendly Farming program. The third-party certification is provided by the California Department of Fish and Game, regional water boards, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
ISO 14001 is the world’s most recognized framework for environmental management systems. Earning certification to this standard highlights a facility’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint. It also provides assurance to employees, customers and stakeholders that the company’s environmental impact is measured and continuously improved upon. The rigorous audit process addresses the elements of the ISO 14001 standard, assessing such issues as process effectiveness, internal communication practices and how aware employees are of environmental policies. Achievement of the ISO 14001 certification requires that a company have a culture of environmental responsibility, and a commitment to reducing its potential impact on the environment. Our Ruffino group facilities (Ruffino Srl and Tenute Ruffino Srl Società Agricola, situated in Tuscany and Poderi Ducali Srl Società Agricola in the Veneto Region (North of Italy)) are certified under ISO 14001:2015.
Constellation Brands is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment and developing a culture where every employee takes responsibility for their own safety as well as the safety of others while minimizing our impact on the environment in the communities where we live, work and source. Our management team and employees work together with a sense of shared responsibility to ensure that we operate our business in compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements in each market where we operate around the world.
As an agriculture-based company, environmental issues are not only important to us – they are an essential component to our continued growth and success. Because we rely on the land for our livelihood, it is critical that Constellation does all it can to ensure clean water, air and soil at all of our sites and in all of the countries and communities where we operate. Our aim is to look for ways to improve the environment, while also minimizing Constellation’s collective environmental impact.
Our annual Internal Sustainability Award is open to all our facilities worldwide to honor extraordinary initiatives that demonstrate meaningful commitment to and business value from enhancing company environmental sustainability priorities. The goal of the award is to properly recognize and increase the visibility of the impressive and varied sustainability initiatives in place across our businesses, to encourage employee participation in local sustainability programs and encourage progress towards meeting our sustainability goals, all in support of our companywide commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. Criteria for the award include greenhouse gases reduction; water reduction; energy reduction; solid waste reduction; recycling/reuse programs; community/supplier involvement; and “Green Team” activities.
The Ruffino Group was selected as the recipient of the 2019 Constellation Brands Environmental Sustainability Award for the team’s efforts as part of its overall Ruffino Cares CSR platform. In particular, this past year Ruffino showed outstanding strength in its ability to reduce waste through various diversion and recycling efforts across its operations in Tuscany and the Veneto Region (northern Italy). Learn more in the video below.
The Nava brewery in Mexico was named the winner of the Constellation Brands’ 2018 Internal Environmental Sustainability Award for its comprehensive sustainability efforts. Highlights of the commitment to sustainability at the state-of-the-art brewery in Nava include:
This is the fifth year of the award, and Nava is the first brewery to receive the award; all previous awards were to wineries.
Our environmental stewardship goes beyond day-to-day operations and production, and extends to initiatives that our brands, people and consumers are passionate about.