Sustainability and Environmental Policy

Tanners Wines is committed to providing quality, value and service while looking to be an integral part of the community and reducing its impact on the environment at all stages.


  • Abide by and exceed where practicable all relevant legislation, rules and codes of practice
  • Engage fully with the local community
  • Work with suppliers to ensure that they are using best practices
  • Ensure that the welfare of our staff is considered and that opportunities exist for them
  • Minimise the impact on the environment at all stages of its activities
  • Make sure that suppliers, customers and staff are aware of our policy and goals
  • Review this policy annually and report on its performance and set goals


  • Encourage wine growers to use sustainable practices where possible and to support those that do
  • Ensure as far as possible that suppliers are using accepted labour practices


  • Order stock in amounts which will make transport viable and efficient and so reduce unnecessary journeys thereby cutting emissions
  • Work with forwarders and transporters to operate in an environmentally responsible way for example by using rail freight where possible

Warehousing and distribution

  • Increase efficiency of warehousing by insulation and other cost and fuel saving devices eg LED lighting, timed lights etc
  • Recycle wherever possible; bottles, cardboard etc
  • Look to re-use packing material and use recycled packaging wherever possible
  • Ensure the fleet is as fuel efficient as possible
  • Ensure drivers are trained to drive in a fuel efficient manner using vehicle tracking
  • Use of software to ensure goods are delivered in an efficient way by route planning and load scheduling

Offices, Equipment and Resources

  • Identify opportunities to reduce waste, use paper and other office equipment efficiently
  • Use recycled goods where possible
  • Encourage use of email over mail where possible such as offers, invoices and statements
  • Ensure that energy efficient equipment is purchased
  • Purchase energy from a supplier committed to renewable energy if possible
  • Re-use or recycle all office waste where possible
  • Ensure all old office equipment is disposed of in a responsible way
  • Look at increasing solar panel surface area and possibility of wind turbines


  • Ensure that all staff are aware of our sustainability goals and fully engaged in achieving them
  • Ensure that the health and well-being needs of our staff are always considered
  • Provide training opportunities to improve their abilities and performance
  • Reiterate the company’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion as stated in the handbook
  • Encourage sustainable travel such as cycling and car sharing
  • Reduce travel wherever possible by use Skype, emails, telephone calls
  • Look to reduce car and aircraft travel

Community and customers

  • Support and integrate with local community through time given, sponsorship and donations
  • Educate customers in sustainable practices eg carrier bag use, recycling of card and bottles
  • Communicate our principles to customers through eg website and mail shots
  • Ensure customers are aware of the environmental credentials of our suppliers


  • Sustainability and Environmental Policy to be reviewed by the Board on an annual basis
  • Progress report to be issued by the Director in charge annually
  • New targets to be set annually