La Riojana, one of the largest and most successful co-operatives in Argentina and the world’s largest producer of certified Fairtrade organic wine, is delighted to have won the Ethical Award at the inaugural Drinks Business Green Awards ceremony held in central London on Thursday 11th February 2010.
The Ethical Award was presented to the company whose foundations are firmly based in, and dedicated to, the community and environment where they are based.
Walter Carol, export director for La Riojana, commented: “We are very proud of this latest accolade. At La Riojana, we not only hold ethical practice as one of our core values, we are also strongly committed to Fairtrade and see this as a real tribute to the projects that have been implemented so far with our worldwide partners.”
Since receiving accreditation, La Riojana has carried out a number of social projects in conjunction with key retail and distribution partners to improve healthcare and educational facilities in the local communities of Tilimuqui and Malligasta where many of La Riojana’s growers, workers and their families live. These projects include the construction of a new water facility, secondary school, the provision of a new computer room and computers and the next major project is to build a new medical centre.