SUSTAINABILTY

KWV is committed to make an impactful contribution to South Africa and its citizens.

SUSTAINABILITY OVERVIEW

KWV’s three sustainability pillars

Human integrity, social equality and environmental protection are essential issues for businesses. A greater onus
rests on businesses to act in a sustainable matter. KWV exemplifies this principle.

KWV does this through sustainable business practices that serve and protect the future of our planet, while
respecting human rights with fair labour practices and empowerment programmes.

Corporate social investment

KWV is committed to the empowerment, development and upliftment of the communities in which it operates. Through both enterprise and socio-economic development, KWV strives to invest in initiatives that focusses on every stage of the lifecycle in order to create sustainable citizens. Focussing on a sustainable future, KWV sees it as its corporate social responsibility to develop sustainable citizens, while maintaining ethical and fair working conditions for all its employees in agriculture, and ensuring that we strive for green, environmentally friendly practices in all working environments – from the land to the cellar and to our boardrooms.

Integrity & sustainability

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KWV supports sustainable business practices that serve and protect the future of the planet, while respecting
human rights with fair labour practices and empowerment programmes.

Integrity & sustainability seal explained

Sustainable Wine South Africa (SWSA) is the alliance between the Wine and Spirit Board (WSB), the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) scheme, the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) and Wines of South Africa (WOSA). Together these organisations are driving the South African wine industry’s commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly production. To learn more click here.

SUSTAINABILTY

KWV is committed to make an impactful contribution to South Africa and its citizens.

SUSTAINABILITY OVERVIEW

KWV’s three sustainability pillars

Human integrity, social equality and environmental protection are essential issues for businesses. A greater onus rests on businesses to act in a sustainable matter. KWV exemplifies this principle.

KWV does this through sustainable business practices that serve and protect the future of our planet, while respecting human rights with fair labour practices and empowerment programmes.

Corporate social investment

KWV is committed to the empowerment, development and upliftment of the communities in which it operates. Through both enterprise and socio-economic development, KWV strives to invest in initiatives that focusses on every stage of the lifecycle in order to create sustainable citizens. Focussing on a sustainable future, KWV sees it as its corporate social responsibility to develop sustainable citizens, while maintaining ethical and fair working conditions for all its employees in agriculture, and ensuring that we strive for green, environmentally friendly practices in all working environments – from the land to the cellar and to our boardrooms.

Integrity & sustainability

To read more about Wines of South Africa, click here.

KWV supports sustainable business practices that serve and protect the future of the planet, while respecting human rights with fair labour practices and empowerment programmes.

Integrity & sustainability seal explained

Sustainable Wine South Africa (SWSA) is the alliance between the Wine and Spirit Board (WSB), the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) scheme, the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) and Wines of South Africa (WOSA). Together these organisations are driving the South African wine industry’s commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly production. To learn more click here.

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY: SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The KWV Foundation partners with Valcare as our social investment managers, to ensure optimal social impact in
the communities within the Cape Winelands. Through Valcare, we support a range of registered nonprofit
organisations who run credible initiatives to improve the lives of vulnerable people.

To ensure a measurable social return, Valcare’s Social Impact team implements a structured monitoring, evaluation
and reporting (MER) process. This approach not only guides the selected beneficiary organisations, but also keeps
them accountable to deliver the promised outcomes.
The KWV Foundation beneficiary projects currently include

The Pebbels

The main emphasis of the Pebbles Project is education. We enrich the lives of disadvantaged children and families in agricultural communities of the Western Cape.  They focus on the entire life of the child and the challenging circumstances in which they live in order to make a significant and lasting difference. Since their inception in 2004, they have impacted the lives of children and their families by providing support and intervention in five key areas: Education, Health, Nutrition, Community and Protection.

KWV has been supporting this organisation since 2013 and has been contributing to the School Leaver programme since 2015.

The Pebbles Project

Khula

The Khula Development Group is a registered

non-profit organisation (NPO) with the mission to promote a positive culture of learning and strengthen the value of education and attendance for children at risk of school disengagement through  school, home and community-based preventative and restorative initiatives. 

Khula is active in Paarl (Paarl East) and Stellenbosch (Cloetesville, Idas Valley and Klapmuts) in the Western Cape.  KWV supports this organization’s programme at Klapmuts Primary School.

Khula Development
Group

Good Hope day care centre:

Good Hope Day Care Centre is a special needs facility disabled children and youth.

It is the only centre of its kind in the community of Mbekweni and currently looks after mentally and physically disabled children by providing nurturing care and stimulation programmes. After operating from a small house for years, GHDCC is in the process of receiving a brand new building.

The opening of the new Day care centre was 20 January 2022

GOOD HOPE
Day Care Centre

Athlone House of strength (AHOS) wording:

Athlone House of Strength creates a stable, caring and safe environment to abandoned, abused and neglected women and children in the Drakenstein area.

They have a holistic approach to the plight of victims that goes beyond attending to the immediate physical and emotional needs. Their fundamental purpose is the empowerment and re-integration of the victims into society to lead happy, healthy lives.

Athlone House
of Strength

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY: ENTERPRISE & SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT

KWV is actively involved in the empowerment of people through enterprise development. Two enterprises
that have grown into fully fledged businesses include LET’s GO Shuttle Services, as well as Fleet Coffee
Company, a barista-style coffee bar which empowers unemployed youth.

SUSTAINABILITY

KWV is driven by a mandate to make an impactful contribution to South Africa and its citizens.

Environment Sustainability

KWV is fully committed to a green future, and endeavours to ensure this sustainable approach is followed right
through its supply chain. To further this goal, KWV’s emphasises the necessity of a lower carbon footprint with its
suppliers, most of which have committed green practices in place.

A major step to lower KWV’s carbon footprint has been the introduction of lightweight glass, which reduces raw
material usage, emissions, overall weight and energy consumption. Lightweight glass is now used in most of KWV’s
mass ranges, including KWV Core, KWV Classic, Laborie, Pearly Bay and Bon Esperance – to name a few. A new
steam boiler was recently installed at KWV’s Worcester-based distilling operation. The new technology installed will
reduce carbon emissions per unit steam generated.

KWV is also a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and independent, non-government, not-for-profit
organisation that was established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forest. By subscribing to
the FSC, KWV assures that its products such as wood and paper have been harvested in a socially and
environmentally responsible manner.

KWV successfully passed both IPW and Biodiversity Wine Initiative (BWI) audits in 2017. Since then KWV has made
IPW compliance a requirement in our grape and bulk wine procurement for all our grape farmers and bulk wine
cellars.
In addition, KWV has made numerous adjustments to its operations to ensure its impact
on the environment is reduced, these include:
Glass recycling as part of the The Glass Recycling Company (NGO)
Replacement of incandescent light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs.
Electricity generation from KWV’s own 50KWP solar power plant.
Using HFO fuel to generate steam in Paarl.
Using borehole water.
Reducing use of paper with solutions which cut out printing.
Optimised routing models that save on fuel usage, and expenditure.

Biodiversity

KWV successfully passed both IPW and Biodiversity Wine Initiative (BWI) audits in 2017. 

Water and Energy Management

The group installed real-time monitoring devices on electricity, water distribution networks and steam generation at the KWV production site in Paarl. The monitoring devices have been used to establish a consumption baseline for energy and water consumption. These are now actively monitored and managed per department through the environmental sustainability programme, fluctuations and spikes are investigated to determine root causes and management interventions are employed to reduce or manage resources. An overall saving of approximately 10% on water was made with process improvements and improved management controls.

KWV continues investigating and implementing techniques and technologies to improve operational efficiencies and, in the process, reducing the impact of its carbon footprint and fossil fuel consumption. KWV Installed 2 Borehole systems to reduce water consumption from municipal sources in 2018. The water is treated and fed into the main ring. The water quality is monitored and treated to SANS 241 standards and saving from municipal water of 30% is consistently achieved.

Effluent Treatment

The effluent water generated receives ongoing attention with the aim to improve both effluent water quality and
volume generated.

Paarl

  • As prescribed by the Drakenstein Municipality Water Supply, Sanitation Services and Industrial
  • Effluent By-law, No. 18 of 2007, KWV applied for and obtained an Industrial Effluent Disposal
    permit which is valid for a period of five years.

Worcester

  • Solamoyo Processing Company, the result of a partnership between KWV, Distell and
  • Brenn-O-Kem, operates our effluent disposal project. The management of the site is governed by
    the Management Services Agreement between Solamoyo Processing Company and the Breede
    Valley Municipal Council.
  • KWV Worcester invested in a decanter unit, which extract solid particles from the distilling
    effluent water stream before it leaves the premises. The unit was successfully commissioned in 2020.
  • Solamoyo is working closely with the municipality and the Department of Water Affairs to ensure that
    the plant is adhering to the specifications set out by both parties

KWV Safety and Process Risk Management

KWV has realigned the safety and risk management structure of the group to ensure compliance with legislation. The EHS Risks within all departments as well as the Security Risks are continuously evaluated for the business. These are addressed systematically to ensure compliance and to ensure that Risks are adequately considered.

CERTIFICATION SUMMARY

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY: SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The KWV Foundation partners with Valcare as our social investment managers, to ensure optimal social impact in the communities within the Cape Winelands. Through Valcare, we support a range of registered nonprofit organisations who run credible initiatives to improve the lives of vulnerable people.

To ensure a measurable social return, Valcare’s Social Impact team implements a structured monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) process. This approach not only guides the selected beneficiary organisations, but also keeps them accountable to deliver the promised outcomes.
The KWV Foundation beneficiary projects currently include

The Pebbles Project

The main emphasis of the Pebbles Project is education. We enrich the lives of disadvantaged children and families in agricultural communities of the Western Cape.  They focus on the entire life of the child and the challenging circumstances in which they live in order to make a significant and lasting difference. Since their inception in 2004, they have impacted the lives of children and their families by providing support and intervention in five key areas: Education, Health, Nutrition, Community and Protection.

KWV has been supporting this organisation since 2013 and has been contributing to the School Leaver programme since 2015.

Khula Development
Group

The Khula Development Group is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) with the mission to promote a positive culture of learning and strengthen the value of education and attendance for children at risk of school disengagement through  school, home and community-based preventative and restorative initiatives. 

Khula is active in Paarl (Paarl East) and Stellenbosch (Cloetesville, Idas Valley and Klapmuts) in the Western Cape.  KWV supports this organization’s programme at Klapmuts Primary School.

GOOD HOPE
Day Care Centre

Good Hope Day Care Centre is a special needs facility disabled children and youth.

It is the only centre of its kind in the community of Mbekweni and currently looks after mentally and physically disabled children by providing nurturing care and stimulation programmes. After operating from a small house for years, GHDCC is in the process of receiving a brand new building.

The opening of the new Day care centre was 20 January 2022

Athlone House
of Strength

Athlone House of Strength creates a stable, caring and safe environment to abandoned, abused and neglected women and children in the Drakenstein area.
They have a holistic approach to the plight of victims that goes beyond attending to the immediate physical and emotional needs. Their fundamental purpose is the empowerment and re-integration of the victims into society to lead happy, healthy lives.

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY: ENTERPRISE & SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT

KWV is actively involved in the empowerment of people through enterprise development. Two enterprises that have grown into fully fledged businesses include LET’s GO Shuttle Services, as well as Fleet Coffee Company, a barista-style coffee bar which empowers unemployed youth.

SUSTAINABILITY

KWV is driven by a mandate to make an impactful contribution to South Africa and its citizens.

Environment Sustainability

KWV is fully committed to a green future, and endeavours to ensure this sustainable approach is followed right through its supply chain. To further this goal, KWV’s emphasises the necessity of a lower carbon footprint with its suppliers, most of which have committed green practices in place.

A major step to lower KWV’s carbon footprint has been the introduction of lightweight glass, which reduces raw material usage, emissions, overall weight and energy consumption. Lightweight glass is now used in most of KWV’s mass ranges, including KWV Core, KWV Classic, Laborie, Pearly Bay and Bon Esperance – to name a few. A new steam boiler was recently installed at KWV’s Worcester-based distilling operation. The new technology installed will reduce carbon emissions per unit steam generated.

KWV is also a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and independent, non-government, not-for-profit organisation that was established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forest. By subscribing to the FSC, KWV assures that its products such as wood and paper have been harvested in a socially and
environmentally responsible manner.

KWV successfully passed both IPW and Biodiversity Wine Initiative (BWI) audits in 2017. Since then KWV has made IPW compliance a requirement in our grape and bulk wine procurement for all our grape farmers and bulk wine cellars.
In addition, KWV has made numerous adjustments to its operations to ensure its impact on the environment is reduced, these include:
Glass recycling as part of the The Glass Recycling Company (NGO)
Replacement of incandescent light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs.
Electricity generation from KWV’s own 50KWP solar power plant.
Using HFO fuel to generate steam in Paarl.
Using borehole water.
Reducing use of paper with solutions which cut out printing.
Optimised routing models that save on fuel usage, and expenditure.

Biodiversity

KWV successfully passed both IPW and Biodiversity Wine Initiative (BWI) audits in 2017. 

Water and Energy Management

The group installed real-time monitoring devices on electricity, water distribution networks and steam generation at the KWV production site in Paarl. The monitoring devices have been used to establish a consumption baseline for energy and water consumption. These are now actively monitored and managed per department through the environmental sustainability programme, fluctuations and spikes are investigated to determine root causes and management interventions are employed to reduce or manage resources. An overall saving of approximately 10% on water was made with process improvements and improved management controls.

KWV continues investigating and implementing techniques and technologies to improve operational efficiencies and, in the process, reducing the impact of its carbon footprint and fossil fuel consumption. KWV Installed 2 Borehole systems to reduce water consumption from municipal sources in 2018. The water is treated and fed into the main ring. The water quality is monitored and treated to SANS 241 standards and saving from municipal water of 30% is consistently achieved.

Effluent Treatment

The effluent water generated receives ongoing attention with the aim to improve both effluent water quality and volume generated.

Paarl

  • As prescribed by the Drakenstein Municipality Water Supply, Sanitation Services and Industrial
  • Effluent By-law, No. 18 of 2007, KWV applied for and obtained an Industrial Effluent Disposal
    permit which is valid for a period of five years.

Worcester

  • Solamoyo Processing Company, the result of a partnership between KWV, Distell and
  • Brenn-O-Kem, operates our effluent disposal project. The management of the site is governed by the Management Services Agreement between Solamoyo Processing Company and the Breede
    Valley Municipal Council.
  • KWV Worcester invested in a decanter unit, which extract solid particles from the distilling
    effluent water stream before it leaves the premises. The unit was successfully commissioned in 2020.
  • Solamoyo is working closely with the municipality and the Department of Water Affairs to ensure that the plant is adhering to the specifications set out by both parties

KWV Safety and Process Risk Management

KWV has realigned the safety and risk management structure of the group to ensure compliance with legislation. The EHS Risks within all departments as well as the Security Risks are continuously evaluated for the business. These are addressed systematically to ensure compliance and to ensure that Risks are adequately considered.

CERTIFICATION SUMMARY

AREA

CODE

CERTIFICATION BODY 

PAARL

SANS 1841 

Control of the quantity of contents in pre-packed packages
within the legal prescription of the Trade Metrology Act and
Regulations (E-mark)

NRCS

BRCGS

British Retail Consortium Global Standard for Food Safety 

PROCERT

IFS

International Featured Standard (IFS) Food is a GFSI recognised standard for certifying the safety and quality of food products and production processes (version 6.1)

PROCERT

R 638

Paarl – Certificate of acceptability for food premises

CAPE WINELANDS DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

KOSHER

Kashrut Certificate

BETH-DIN

WOOLWORTHS

Woolworths Wine Production and Hygiene Standard

IBL

WIETA

Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association

WIETA

BSCI

Business Social Compliance Initiative

INTERTEK

FAIRTRADE

Fairtrade trader standard

FLO-CERT

WORCESTER

FSSC

Food Safety Management Systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain + Prerequisite programmes on food safety for food manufacturing

PROCERT

R638

Certificate of acceptability for food premises

CAPE WINELANDS DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Area:  Paarl
Code:  SANS 1841
Certification Body:  NRCS
Control of the quantity of contents in pre-packed packages
within the legal prescription of the Trade Metrology Act and
Regulations (E-mark)

Area:  Paarl
Code:  BRCGS
Certification Body:  PROCERT
British Retail Consortium Global Standard for Food Safety 

Area:  Paarl
Code:  IFS
Certification Body:  PROCERT
International Featured Standard (IFS) Food is a GFSI recognised standard for certifying the safety and quality of food products and production processes (version 6.1)