Irish Distillers recently hosted BITCI’s Sustainable Development Goals Workshop: ‘Integrating the SDGs into your business strategy’. It was a great opportunity to hear about how Irish Distillers have incorporated the SDGs into their CSR activities and how they have used the goals as a tool to communicate internally about sustainability and responsibility.
Pernod Ricard, the parent company of Irish Distillers, recently launched its 2030 Sustainability & Responsibility roadmap. This roadmap sets out 8 ambitious and concrete targets, each supporting 2 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The group is taking bold next steps in addressing both environmental topics and societal issues, in particular accelerating the fight against alcohol misuse.
Extensive research and stakeholder engagement informed the development of the roadmap. The 8 new sustainability and responsibility commitments are built on four key areas: nurturing terroir, valuing people, circular making and responsible hosting. The four pillars seek to address material issues such as climate change, human rights and waste. Each pillar includes targets with KPIs and measurements to ensure progress is monitored towards 2030.
The main elements of the 2030 roadmap are as follows:
This area of commitment focuses on nurturing every terroir and its biodiversity, responding to the challenges of climate change to ensure quality ingredients now and for generations to come.
This commitment is related to increasing diversity and fairness for all employees and empowering people across the supply chain.
These commitments focus on minimising waste at every step by re-imagining, producing and distributing products in ways that optimise and help preserve natural resources.
Wine & Spirits bring people together and serve a valuable role in society. Irish Distillers is committed to fighting alcohol misuse in society by taking action on harmful drinking and engaging with its stakeholders for real change.