Islay distillery Bruichladdich is the first whisky and gin distiller in Europe to meet the required social and environmental targets to become a certified B Corporation.
Being named a B Corporation (B Corp) means adhering to the highest levels of social and environmental performance, public transparency and accountability. B Corporations are said to base business decisions on their impact on people and the planet. In its decision to certify a business, B Corp Certification also evaluates the overall positive impact of a company.
Douglas Taylor, chief executive of Bruichladdich, 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.”
Since reopening in 2001, Islay’s Bruichladdich distillery has focused on connecting ingredients and spirits. Along the way, the distiller has developed career opportunities for 80 Islay residents and utilised local suppliers wherever possible. The distillery has also placed a “renewed and ongoing emphasis” on sustainability. Bruichladdich has set aside land to research sustainable agriculture and intends to de-carbonise its operations by 2025.