Our focus areas
A fuller breakdown of the five key areas of our sustainability plan, what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.
Acting on climate
We minimise our climate footprint, from the vineyard to our home, and then onwards to yours
Protecting and regenerating our environment
We drive action among producers to protect and regenerate the natural environment and strive for a world free of waste
Sourcing responsibly and ethically
We buy with integrity, working to improve the lives of workers in our supply chain and minimise our environmental impact
Caring for all our people
We foster a Wine Society for all, from grape to glass – ensuring care, fairness and respect for colleagues, members and people throughout our supply chain
We cannot do this alone. That’s why we invest in building knowledge and collaboration among members, suppliers and the wider wine industry, so that together we can accelerate action on sustainability
A transparent approach
We want The Society to be one of the most sustainable wine retailers in the world. This goal is firmly rooted in a clear mission to continue providing delicious, high-quality wines to our members for many years to come. It is ambitious – we don’t have all the answers and we certainly cannot do it alone. We will need to work together with our members, growers, producers and the wider industry so we can tackle the big challenges together. And we will need to infuse sustainable thinking and action throughout The Society, so it becomes a normal way of working.
That’s why we have launched this new sustainability section on our website to explain our goals in more detail, update on progress and enable members to hold us to account.
Our key goals
- Calculate our carbon footprint, set science-based reduction targets and develop a road map to reach net zero by 2040, across our business and supply chain
- Gather precise data on the packaging we use and set 2025 reduction targets
- Develop our new approach to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
- Minimise energy and waste consumption
- Set 2025 reduction targets for our cardboard, glass and plastic packaging
- Sign up suppliers to our new sustainability-focused code of conduct
- Send zero waste to landfill
- Launch The Society’s sustainability Knowledge Hub
- Implement our new diversity, equity and inclusion policy
- Be carbon neutral across our direct operations
- Implement minimum social and environmental standards for our suppliers
- Implement a sustainability scorecard for our own-label wines
- Launch a range of own-label wines in alternative, more environmentally friendly packaging formats
- Launch The Society’s training and mentorship scheme for disadvantaged groups
- Launch a supplier forum to share tools and success stories on sustainability
- Measure the impact of our new approach to employee health and wellbeing
- Conduct social and environmental risk assessments on all own-label suppliers
- Have set goals to enhance biodiversity in our supply chain
- ‘Right weight’ all our packaging
- Trial packaging reuse and ‘take-back’ systems
- Introduce a ‘Sustainable Choice’ range within our own-label selection
- Have reduced greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions in our operations (vans, warehouses, office) to zero
- Be net zero across our business and supply chain.
Protecting the wines we love today and tomorrow
Meet our sustainability team
Dom de Ville
Our sustainability plan is not a standalone project: it’s something that needs to be infused through everything The Wine Society does, becoming a mindset and a part of everyone’s role. We are delighted to be joined by Dom to help us achieve this. Dom has overall responsibility and accountability for our sustainability plan, and has been involved in sustainability for most of his 20-year career, including ten years in international development. Dom joins us from leading consultancy Sancroft.
Simon has been at The Society for more than a decade, heading up our Tastings Team before moving into our Buying Department. Now head of wine sustainability, Simon works with our suppliers to encourage and accelerate collaboration and improving sustainability throughout our wine supply chain. It’s important we support, enable and encourage the growers with whom we work, and Simon’s experience across the wine industry makes him the ideal person for the job.
A name and a voice many members will be familiar with, Isobel led our Member Services team for 26 years before taking up her new role to focus on the people-based goals of our sustainability plan. Isobel’s focus will be making The Society a more inclusive organisation that represents all of our members, the organisation’s values, the health and wellbeing of our employees and efforts in the wider community such as supporting charities, fundraising and our new training and mentorship schemes.