Pernod Ricard’s sustainability progress recognised by UN

Wines and spirits

Following the launch of its ‘Good times from a good place’ 2030 sustainability and responsibility roadmap in 2019, Pernod Ricard has been awarded ‘Lead’ status by the United Nations Global Compact for the third consecutive year in recognition of the progress it has made against key targets.

The drinks giant is one of only 40 companies globally (and the only wine & spirit producer) to receive the award, for demonstrating its ongoing commitment and progress in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and its 10 Principles for Responsible Business.

Pernod’s roadmap directly supports the UN SDGs and is based on four pillars: Nurturing Terroir, Valuing People, Circular Making and Responsible Hosting – addressing all aspects of the business and its value chain from ‘grain to glass’.

In line with its ‘Nurturing Terroir’ pillar, Pernod Ricard has also joined the Business for Nature coalition, which brings together global businesses and organisations focused on protecting nature. This is an important step for the Group in continuing to make environmental protection, biodiversity and the preservation of natural ecosystems a priority in its 2030 roadmap. As part of its 2030 commitments, the Group is piloting regenerative and sustainable agriculture with farming partners as well as developing strategic biodiversity projects globally.

Furthermore, the Group was ranked fourth in a new index of leading French businesses, which highlights the correlation between a company’s societal commitment and financial performance.

Vanessa Wright, VP Sustainability & Responsibility, said: “These recognitions are very valued acknowledgements, supporting us on our journey of constant improvement. Our business actions and sustainability go hand in hand and working with UN Global Compact gives us an opportunity to strengthen our actions and learn from others.”