SWBC Standards And The Self-Assessment Process

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Welcome to the newly updated Sustainable Winegrowing BC Vineyard & Winery Standards and the corresponding Self-Assessment 

We’re glad you’re here! Our 2020 version of the Sustainable Winegrowing Standards reflects 10 years of learning about sustainable winegrowing here in BC. For this most recent version, we've spent the last 18 months reviewing, refining & engaging industry stakeholders to bring you the best of sustainable agriculture & certification programs worldwide as well as reflecting our unique goals and conditions here at home. Whether you have been practicing sustainability for some time or are new to the journey, this outcomes and improvement based standard will provide a foundation for assessing, tracking, and sharing your hard work and progress. The Standard is the foundation of the upcoming Certified Sustainable Winegrowing BC Program, originally planned for launch on April 1, 2020. However, due to the extraordinary circumstances occurring socially and economically due to COVID19 the launch of the program has been postponed until the fall of 2020. AND, we still invite you to get started with the process through self-assessment. Even though the program won’t launch at this time, the self-assessment is the key first step in the process. If you are interested in eventual certification, we recommend you start now with the following steps:     

        Read the Sustainable Winegrowing BC Vineyard Standard and

        Complete the Sustainable Winegrowing BC Vineyard Self-Assessment

        And/or

        Read the Sustainable Winegrowing BC Winery Standard and

        Complete the Sustainable Winegrowing BC Winery Self-Assessment       

Once your self-assessment is complete you will be ready for third party audit when the certification program opens this fall. Then, once your assessment has been audited or verified, if all Essential Criteria for Yr0 are met, you will receive certification!

Program Manager, Katie Pease, is available for any questions you have while completing your assessment. And we welcome your feedback on the Standards. As mentioned above, this is an outcomes AND improvement program and that includes our learning, modifying and growing here at SWBC as well. We look forward to sharing this sustainability journey with you!