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“At Casella Family Brands we have a commitment to operating responsibly and sustainably. We strive to make a positive impact through the way we do business and the role we play in society.” John Casella, Managing Director

Land

Our grapes are sourced from a network of growers and our own vineyards across Australia. We only use sustainable viticultural practices with minimal intervention and we continuously review our methods in order to minimise our impact on the environment.

Alternative chemistry and management strategies have been underway for over 12 months within the Riverina and the approach to reduce the use of agricultural chemicals is now being applied to all Casella owned vineyards nationally. Selected sites in South Australia are grazing sheep during the winter months reducing our herbicide usage by up to 50%.

The Baileys of Glenrowan vineyard enjoys a unique micro-climate that is naturally well suited to organic farming. In 2009 the decision was made to convert the entire vineyard to organic management practises, attaining full certification in 2011. From the 2016 vintage onwards, both the growing and the making of Baileys estate-grown wines are certified organic.

Materials & Packaging

Casella Family Brands is a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO). APCO is a co-regulatory, not for profit organisation that partners with government and industry to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on the Australian environment. We are committed to improving the sustainability of our packaging, which involves initiatives to reduce packaging weight, optimise packaging material efficiency, optimise recycled and/or renewable content and continuously investigate opportunities to divert waste from landfill.

Energy

Regular audits are undertaken to identify energy-saving opportunities. Casella Family Brands continually plans, documents, measures and monitors processes to ensure that environmental performance is constantly being improved.

Water

Casella Family Brands leads the way in waste-water management and is proud to have one of the largest waste-water treatment schemes of its type in Australia at the Yenda-based winery. Our treatment scheme is capable of recycling the equivalent of over 160 Olympic-sized swimming pools each year which means that we can retain and reuse rainwater and wastewater. At the Peter Lehmann winery site we recycle all water on site meaning every litre of water used at least twice and there is no waste water.

Environment Operations Act

Casella complies with the Protection of Environment Operations Act 1919 and holds an Environmental Protection Licence Number 11733. The licence requires monitoring all sites twice a year, however Monitoring Points 1 and 2 are monitored and published monthly. Click here for EPA data.

People

Diversity & Inclusion

Casella Family Brands values the diversity and inclusion of all our people and the contributions they individually make to the workplace – people are central to everything we do as a business. We strive to create an inclusive culture that positively promotes people’s skills – irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity or disability.

We are committed to ensuring that everyone enjoys equal employment opportunities, which means they are treated fairly and equally when employment decisions are made and that unlawful discrimination or harassment does not take place.

Recruitment, hiring, training, reparation and career progression at Casella Family Brands is based on merit, taking into consideration qualifications, training, performance, skills and experience.

Health & Safety

Casella Family Brands is committed to high standards of Work Health & Safety to protect the safety and well-being of our employees as well as visitors to our wineries, offices and other sites. We have a Work Health and Safety company policy and a number of training programs in place that are directly related to our business operations and activities. We are ISO 45001:2018 certified.

Community

We view the communities that Casella Family Brands operates in as our extended family. That’s why we invest in a range of corporate and social responsibility initiatives that are designed to positively impact our communities and enhance the joy in peoples’ lives. We proudly support a number of charities, sporting teams and events within our local communities. Each year, we also hold two key fundraising events supporting Cancer Council Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and Carrie’s Beanies for Brain Cancer. Our Yenda-based staff also have the opportunity to volunteer within their community via a partnership we have with Meals on Wheels.

Four Pillars

Entrepreneurial Spirit: The brave and confident spirit we embody  

We remain at the forefront of our industry by having the courage to challenge the status quo. We inspire our people embrace change. We encourage people to think differently and continuously improve the way we do things.

People: We comes before me

We treat others how we wish to be treated and foster trust and respect. We empower people and ensure each individual understands the importance of their contribution in achieving ongoing success. We pride ourselves on an open culture of collaboration that ensures people feel valued and appreciated.

Communities: Our extended Casella family 

We build and sustain long-standing relationships based on trust, integrity and respect. We treat our partners as part of the Casella family and we support our local communities that in turn support us.

Accountability: If not you, then who?  

We demonstrate willingness to take personal responsibility for our actions. We encourage people to focus on finding solutions and achieving results. Our word is very important to us and we keep our promises and commitments made to others.