GlenWood's People, Community and Environment19/09/2017
In our previous post on GlenWood, we learned about their history, philosophy and award-winning wines. This post will look at their commitment to people, community and environment as well as the awards and accreditation they and their people have achieved in recent years.
GlenWood is committed to the development of its people and includes this as an element in its business planning and strategy.
TRAINING AND AWARDS
Over the past few years the following awards have been won by people on the GlenWood team:
- Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year
- South African Cellar Worker of the Year.
GlenWood's Assistant Farm Manager since 2011, Cornel Paulse won Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year in 2013 and 2015 and placed third in the Western Cape's Farm Worker of the Year in 2015.
"In line with our staff development programme, we are currently training two people who we hope to enter next year," said Zinaschke Steyn, GlenWood's Assistant Winemaker.
GlenWood's farm and cellar have both earned Wine & Agricultural Ethical Trade Initiative (WIETA) accreditation for legislative compliance, working conditions, workers' health and safety, and housing and tenure requirements.
The WIETA accreditation is clear evidence of the importance GlenWood affords its people development strategy.
GlenWood's involvement in Franschhoek industry and community projects includes Vignerons de Franschhoek and Bhabhathane.
GlenWood is a member of Vignerons de Franschhoek, an organisation promoting Franschhoek wines, wine industry training programmes and supports the efforts of Franschhoek Wine Valley, the region's tourism organisation.
The Bhabhathane Programme was launched by Alastair Wood, GlenWood's owner. Bhabhathane means change. Its objective is educational transformation in Franschhoek and its mission is to make all schools and Early Childhood Development Centres in Franschhoek centres of excellence. Bhabhathane's understanding is that the people of the Franschhoek valley, particularly local farm workers, will be uplifted through education.
Over the four years that Bhabhathane has been operating, it has achieved success with its Early Childhood Development Project, Principal Enrichment Project and Teacher Enrichment Project.
GlenWood is committed to protecting the environment and as such, have dedicated ten hectares to the regeneration of indigenous Cape fynbos. The farm also only uses environmentally-friendly agricultural practices.
ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION
GlenWood has achieved the following certification and accreditation in relation to its environmental endeavours:
- Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) certification: this is a voluntary environmental sustainability scheme, complying with international criteria.
- Bio-Diversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) accreditation: this accreditation guarantees sound conservation practices, assuring consumers that accredited vineyards and cellars follow eco-friendly practices and natural habitats are protected.
- Wine of Origin (WO): this industry certification assures consumers that wines are produced using grapes from a specific district. All except one of GlenWood's wines are produced using their own grapes, qualifying the wines as Wine of Origin Franschhoek.
All these additional measures go to show that not only are GlenWood wines fantastic, high quality wines, but that the ethos of GlenWood to support local people, community and environment makes these wines even more special.