The business has displayed a long tradition of proactivity, in relation to meeting the diverse needs of the community, a fact highlighted by its patronage of countless cultural activities and support for community projects, as well as the strategic social responsibility measures that directly affect the company’s core business, particularly in relation to the Environment and the Social Aspects of Alcohol.
Sogrape Vinhos is proud to the founding patron of the Serralves Museum, Casa de Música and the Association of Friends of the Colosseum, among others, and supports the arts and other cultural productions.
The company makes contributions to the Porto Foodbank, League of Friends of St. Antonio Hospital, the Bagos d’Ouro Association, various parishes, schools (Porto Future Project) and other voluntary organisations local to the company’s operations.
In addition to adhering to best practice in relation to waste management, waste water treatment, the control of air emissions, energy management etc., Sogrape Vinhos ensures that every vineyard owned by the company (around 830 hectares) is certified in Integrated Production, a practice that deals with concerns regarding the economic, social and environmental balance necessary for truly sustainable viticulture. A further programme relating to Biological Production is in the test phase and surveys are ongoing regarding functional biodiversity and the integration of viticultural techniques in surrounding ecosystems.
Social Aspects of Alcohol
Sogrape Vinhos made a public commitment, in 2008, to supporting the Pan-European project to promote Responsibility and Moderation in the Consumption of Wine.
In November 2010, the company became a founding member of the National Forum for Alcohol and Health, an organisation promoted by the Institute of Drugs and Addiction (IDT) with the objective of creating, at a national level, a platform to represent all of society’s interested parties, which is committed to taking the necessary action to minimise the damage done by the detrimental consumption of alcohol.