Chehalem Winery Announces B Corp Certification
July 24, 2018
July 23, 2018, Newberg, OR – Chehalem Winery is honored to announce it has achieved B Corp Certification status, which assesses companies to ensure they meet the highest standard of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. The certification is in accordance with Chehalem’s philosophical core of stewarding its land, reducing its impact and enriching its community.
“Growing up in a farming family and small rural community, I have a deep appreciation for our land and desire to support our community,” said Bill Stoller, owner of Chehalem Winery. “What I appreciate about B Corp certification is that it reinforces our practices and serves as a North Star for our business to continue to advance our goals.”
Located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Chehalem has prioritized soil stability and structural health while promoting bio-diversity in our vineyards. More than 20 percent of vineyard sites are designated as eco-zones for native plants and habitat for animals. All three vineyard sites are independently LIVE Certified and Salmon Safe. LIVE takes a whole-farm and whole-winery approach to sustainability. The entire property, including non-grape crops, landscaping, building operations, labor practices, even packaging must be managed to LIVE standards.
Since inception, Chehalem Winery emphasized being a leader in its community. Chehalem pays a living wage and provides a comprehensive compensation package to all full-time staff. Leadership is spread equally among men and women across every department, and all employees are encouraged to take advantage of continuing education opportunities. More than 30 percent of spending is with local vendors within 50 miles of the winery. Chehalem is also a proud supporter of ¡SALUD!, a Pinot Noir auction supporting a unique non-profit collaboration between wineries and healthcare professionals that raises money to provide access to healthcare services for Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families.
Chehalem Winery joins its sister winery Stoller Family Estate along with A to Z Wineworks, Sokol Blosser, Winderlea and Patton Valley Vineyards, making it the sixth Oregon winery and 114th company in Oregon to attain the status. To date, more than 2,544 B Corporations span 130 industries in more than 50 countries around the world.
About Chehalem Winery
Chehalem boasts a rich history of innovation, sustainability, and exceptional quality wines. Known for single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and a progressive approach to white wines, Chehalem was first established in 1980, when it pioneered grape growing in the prestigious soils of the Ribbon Ridge AVA. Today, Chehalem farms three unique estate vineyards planted in three distinct designated winegrowing regions of the Willamette Valley AVA. A staple of the Downtown Newberg wine scene since 1995, the Tasting Room is open seven-days a week. Old school winemaking, Oregon style! Chehalem Winery is an autonomous brand within the Stoller Wine Group portfolio. For more information, visit www.chehalemwines.com
About B Corporations
Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 2,000 Certified B Corporations in more than 130 industries and 50 countries with one unifying goal – to redefine success in business.
About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by:
- Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.
- Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last.
- Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact – and the impact of the businesses with whom they work – with as much rigor as their profits.
- Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media.