Lagrange the first chateau to be audited for ‘Bordeaux Cultivons demain’

Thursday September 30 2021 by Vitisphere

 The CIVB's objective is for 30% of sales volumes to be certified by 2030. The CIVB's objective is for 30% of sales volumes to be certified by 2030. - Photo credit : Alexandre Abellan (Vitisphere)

An auditor from Bureau Veritas accredited by the Bordeaux wine marketing council (CIVB) has just spent a whole day at Château Lagrange. “He came to validate our application of the Bordeaux Cultivons demain standard, based on the international ISO 26000 standard”, explains Benjamin Vimal, deputy director of the Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classé.

The chateau's interest in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) dates back to 2014. “We even welcomed an apprentice engineer for three years to identify our weaknesses, though this did not lead to a concrete plan of action”.

Things got off the ground in 2019, when the estate joined the pilot team of 28 independent wineries, co-operatives and trading firms. “Working as a group enabled us to adapt the scheme to the industry, to validate a reference framework in 4 main areas (attractiveness, debate, region and environment) and to create a guide and a diagnosis tool”, continues Vimal. “As with the Business Management System (EMS), this ‘guinea pig’ team wanted help from approved advisors”, explains Laura Espérandieu, who is in charge of the scheme at the CIVB.

 

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