SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 1.


NO POVERTY

To make a better future possible, we need a set of ideals to show us how to get there.

As a secondary SDG for us, we recognise its power in indirectly contributing to a better world. It’s for this reason we focus on inclusion and economic growth at Distell.

THIS IS THE REASON:

  • We work together with stakeholders to respond to the challenge of poverty.
  • We remain committed to building and strengthening South Africa’s economy by contributing to the full potential of its people and its communities.
  • We align our SDGs with our extended value chain, allowing us to remain deeply committed to government’s transformation goals.
  • We use our integrated B-BBEE and innovative approach to enterprise and supplier development to guide us in making the most significant impact.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  • Donate what you don’t use. Local charities can put old clothes and food to good use.
  • Support those in need. Give some time to support campaigns such as our ForGood platform (https://distell.forgood.co.za/).
  • Talk about it. Discuss poverty in your social circles and find ways to help those in need.

We know that this year has taken its toll. So we realise that in order to craft a better future, we have to start by crafting a better ‘us’ that will lead to a better ‘all of us’.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 3.


HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

To make a better future possible, we need a set of ideals to show us how to get there.

As one of our primary SDGs, we recognise our responsibility to helping reduce the harmful impact of alcohol, ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages.

THIS IS THE REASON:

  • We are a proud member of Aware.org.za and have developed transformational partnerships with FASfacts and the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research, FARR.
  • We offer consumers both lower and non-alcohol variants, continuing to encourage consumption with care, complying with the Aware Code of Communication.
  • We strictly adhere to our Marketing Ethics and Brand Communication Policy.
  • We’ve put in place a comprehensive occupational health and safety strategy (OHS), annual education sessions, employee assistance programmes (EAP) and on-site clinics.
  • We continue to combat the trade in illicit alcohol, which poses a serious health risk.

WHERE WE ARE TODAY ON THIS JOURNEY

  • 180 women supported by FARR partnership
  • 184 women across Western & Eastern Cape supported by FASFacts
  • 295 students supported through the Chrysalis Academy
  • 677 trainees officially inducted in ProCare
  • 623 traders supported through our Taverner Programme

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  • Vaccinate. Protect yourself and your family from disease and issues of public health.
  • Donate your blood. Help save another’s life. If possible, register with a donor group.
  • Take care of your mental health. Practise mindfulness and talk to those closest to you.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Make use of our 1 For The Road offering or alternative transportation networks.
  • Support those in need. Give some time to support campaigns on our Distell ForGood platform https://distell.forgood.co.za/campaigns/sustainable-development-goal-3--health-wellbeing

We know that this year has taken its toll. So we realise that in order to craft a better future, we have to start by crafting a better ‘us’ that will lead to a better ‘all of us’.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 4.


QUALITY EDUCATION

To make a better future possible, we need a set of ideals to show us how to get there.

Obtaining quality education is the key to sustainable development and sustainable communities. It has the power to dramatically improve quality of life by equipping individuals with the tools to solve the world’s greatest problems.

THIS IS THE REASON:

  • We proudly sponsor the University of Stellenbosch’s Small Business Academy Development Programme.
  • We’re a committed supporter of the The Artscape Technical Training Programme.
  • We dutifully support the Chrysalis Academy.
  • We continue to support Ranyaka.

THROUGH THE DISTELL DEVELOPMENT TRUST WE FURTHER

  • Support education and work readiness through the School Turnaround Foundation.
  • Support the Rural Education Access Programme (REAP).
  • Support the SA College of Tourism in Graaff-Reinet.
  • Support Usiko Stellenbosch.

WHERE WE ARE TODAY ON THIS JOURNEY

  • R24.6 million invested in training initiatives.
  • We know that this year has taken its toll. So we realise that in order to craft a better future, we have to start by crafting a better ‘us’ that will lead to a better ‘all of us’.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  • Mentor the young. Become a tutor or offer homework assistance to someone younger.
  • Give what’s needed. Ask a local school what supplies they need. Or start a supply drive.
  • Donate old books. The easiest way to give access to knowledge is to donate your old ones.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 5.


GENDER EQUALITY

To make a better future possible, we need a set of ideals to show us how to get there.

Diversity and inclusivity help unlock our hidden potential. By empowering all women across our value chain, we commit to not only reducing poverty and inequality - we commit to making anything possible.

THIS IS THE REASON:

  • We introduced the Women's Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool to assess gender equality, helping identify gaps and opportunities to improve our gender equality performance.
  • We also introduced the Distell Gender Inclusivity Flagship Programme, which ensures our approach to gender equality is aligned to global best practice.
  • We consistently recommit ourselves to accelerating the role of women, so we’re constantly making great strides to bridge the gap between male and female employees.

WHERE WE ARE TODAY ON THIS JOURNEY

  • 39% of appointments and 49% of promotions went to women.
  • Continue working towards a 50% gender representation across all management occupational levels.
  • Joined the 30% Club Southern Africa.
  • Hosted two LeadersWalk gender equality think tanks.

FUTURE PLANS

  • To have nursing rooms to support working mothers at our mega sites in the coming year with a view of replicating these at most sites going forward.
  • Establishment of the Distell Women Network Forum.
  • Joined the 30% Club Southern Africa.
  • Increasing African female learners.

We know that this year has taken its toll. So we realise that in order to craft a better future, we have to start by crafting a better ‘us’ that will lead to a better ‘all of us’.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 6.


CLEAN WATER & SANITATION

To make a better future possible, we need a set of ideals to show us how to get there.

We preserve and protect the environment on which we depend. This includes developing reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, especially clean and accessible water. It’s an essential part of the world we want to live in.

THIS IS THE REASON:

  • We proudly support the SRC Stellenbosch River Collaborative.
  • We implemented water treatment and reclamation at our production sites.
  • We continue to pursue sustainable interventions that build water supply resilience.
  • We are a founding member and active participant in Co-Go (Collabrative Governance).
  • We continue looking for ways to reduce by using treated wastewater for irrigation.

WHERE WE ARE TODAY ON THIS JOURNEY

  • Water usage at 3.3863 l/l
  • Effluent water discharged at 9.8524 gCOD/l
  • Effluent volume discharged at 2.1988 l/l
  • We recycle and re-use water within our manufacturing operations where possible

We know that this year has taken its toll. So we realise that in order to craft a better future, we have to start by crafting a better ‘us’ that will lead to a better ‘all of us’.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  • Reduce, reuse. Close taps, take short showers and use grey water for non-essentials.
  • Lend your voice. Raise awareness by speaking out about hygiene, water and sanitation.
  • Organise action. Engage your community on a clean-up of rivers, seas and waterways.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 7.


AFFORDABLE & CLEAN ENERGY

To make a better future possible, we need a set of ideals to show us how to get there.

Our long-term sustainability is intrinsically linked to the natural resources we depend on, from farm to consumer and back again. It’s why we must ensure that our supply chain practices are efficient, agile and protect the environment.

THIS IS THE REASON:

  • We reduced our dependence on fossil fuels and coal-based electricity.
  • We installed solar photovoltaics and generated biogas/methane-based electricity at two sites.
  • Implementing biogas boilers at our Wellington distillery to reduce coal use.
  • We integrated our site services dashboard (SSD) and monthly engineering report (MER) to create a single dashboard on electricity, fossil fuel-based energy use and wastewater.
  • Purchasing electricity from 2 active solar PV systems, with 2 more are under construction and 3 more in the future pipeline.
  • Installation of a biogas electricity at our Springs plant to generate renewable energy.

We know that this year has taken its toll. So we realise that in order to craft a better future, we have to start by crafting a better ‘us’ that will lead to a better ‘all of us’.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  • Buy rechargeable. Don’t buy or use single-use batteries.
  • Use solar energy. If you can, install panels in your home for your heating and electricity.
  • Switch off items at the plug. And make sure lights are off when you’re not using them.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 8.


DECENT WORK & ECONOMIC GROWTH

To make a better world possible, we need a set of ideals to show us how to get there.

We focus on sustainable economic initiatives to build enterprising communities and support local economies. Communities should be better off because we are there.

THIS IS THE REASON:

  • We’re a proud supporter of the Agri+Gator programme that supports empowered apple and grape farmers.
  • We use SHERPA for Agri+Gator beneficiaries to better visualise their business.
  • We continue to be a strong supporter of Stargrow Suiberbosrand Farm.
  • We pioneered Distell distilleries to develop core skills within our people.
  • We remain true to the Accelerated Development Programme and the Africa Leadership Development Academy.

WHERE WE ARE TODAY ON THIS JOURNEY

  • 141 participants and R8.8 million invested in GreenUp
  • 1013 hectares transformed
  • 367 jobs created
  • Level 4 B-BBEE
  • Zero tolerance social compliance with supplier Code of Conduct in place

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

We know that this year has taken its toll. So we realise that in order to craft a better future, we have to start by crafting a better ‘us’ that will lead to a better ‘all of us’.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 9.


INDUSTRY INNOVATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

To make a better world possible, we need a set of ideals to show us how to get there.

Entrepreneurship and the growth of SMEs are critical to growth, development and sustainability. So we commit ourselves to working more meaningfully to transform them.

THIS IS THE REASON:

  • We continue to support and develop the E+Scalator programme, which helps us scale the inclusion of SMEs within our wider value chain.
  • We grow our Young SDG Innovators Programme.
  • We champion our ever-expanding supplier development drive.
  • We proudly support Greenlite concrete system that helps turn coal ash from various sites into fly ash which is used to manufacture concrete blocks.

We know that this year has taken its toll. So we realise that in order to craft a better future, we have to start by crafting a better ‘us’ that will lead to a better ‘all of us’.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  • Encourage. Ask the important bodies in your community to invest in clean infrastructure.
  • Participate. Take part in contests or Think Tank panels to share your ideas on clean infrastructure.
  • Create access. Spread awareness of Wi-Fi hotspots in your area to allow others to access clean thinking for themselves.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 12.


RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION

To make a better future possible, we need a set of ideals to show us how to get there.

We participate and actively encourage responsible ethical, sustainable, social, and environmental practices.

THIS IS THE REASON:

Emissions:

  • Insulating and increasing condensate return from our systems to reduce heat loss.
  • Optimising boiler operations for better steam use.

Electricity:

  • Reduce usage by opting for lower intensity lighting systems and LEDs.
  • Optimising compressed air use & repairing leaks in compressed air systems.
  • Installation of variable speed motor pumps and drive.

WHERE WE ARE TODAY ON THIS JOURNEY:

  • Reduced non-renewable electricity by 15% to 0,125 kWh/l.
  • Decreased direct GHG emissions by 17,4% to 130 299 tCO2e.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

We know that this year has taken its toll. So we realise that in order to craft a better future, we have to start by crafting a better ‘us’ that will lead to a better ‘all of us’.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 13.


CLIMATE ACTION

To make a better future possible, we need a set of ideals to show us how to get there.

We fully recognise the harsh reality of climate change and our role in combatting it. Without immediate and sustainable intervention, extreme weather as a direct consequence will affect far more than supply chains and production. Without urgent, sustainable intervention, extreme weather will affect far more than supply chains and production.

THIS IS THE REASON:

We focus on two specific areas:

  1. Reducing fossil fuel and non-renewable energy usage.
  2. Reducing packaging and external transport-related emissions.

Packaging:

  • We commit to having only 1% of our total packaging at Distell by weight be plastic.
  • Increase usage of returnable glass bottles, reducing associated emissions.
  • Reduce weight of packaging, reducing resource use, transport and emissions.

Transport:

  • Increase direct delivery of finished product to reduce double handling and fuel emissions.
  • We continue to proudly adopt the ’three Rs’ of waste management and to finding new opportunities to switch to more environmentally friendly materials that reduce landfills.
  • We continue to invest and support the sustainability of key grape and apple supplies.

WHERE WE ARE TODAY ON THIS JOURNEY

  • Reused a total of 53 461 tonnes of glass - roughly 96,1 millions bottles.
  • Fossil Fuel Energy at 1.1381 MJ/l

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

  • Recycle. Whether it’s paper, glass, plastic, metal or old electronics. Start a habit.
  • Bike, walk or take the bus. This will help cut down on harmful emissions.
  • Start composting. Turning food waste into compost helps reduce impact.

We know that this year has taken its toll. So we realise that in order to craft a better future, we have to start by crafting a better ‘us’ that will lead to a better ‘all of us’.