The spirits producer said that after a “rigorous” submission process, it is now a certified B Corporation (B Corp) – meeting standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. It comes after the distillery was re-opened in 2001 by a group of private investors and aims to decarbonise its operations by 2025.
It also said that - “unusually” - it produces four different spirits under one roof; including the first ever Islay dry gin, The Botanist, and three single malts - Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore. Out of the distilleries on the island, it is the third-smallest producer but the largest private employer, it added.
Chief executive Douglas Taylor said: ““After 15 months of intense work and rigorous examination we stand here, not only as the first Single Malt Scotch Whisky distillery to be B Corp certified, but as the first whisky and gin company in Europe to attain B Corp status.
“I’ve been asked what the benefit is to us, but that’s not important. Being a certified B Corp business is validation that the transparent, sustainable,
community minded business we’ve been running since 2001 is a worthwhile project.
“We are excited to now be officially part of a global movement of leaders using business as a force for good, standing shoulder to shoulder, and working
together to create a more inclusive and sustainable economy.”
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