Sustainability

We work every day so that our children will have a better environment than ours.

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We work every day so that our children will have a better environment than ours. Sustainability is not a random process, but a voluntary act which requires the support of science, technology and proper organization.

We do it because we believe that awareness is the best way to carry out a project responsibly and without compromising the future of the generations to come.

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Poetry of the land.

Why must humans exist in the world?

It was this question, posed by the philosopher Hans Jonas some time ago, that stimulated my reflection on the nature and purpose of human action. Life appeared on Earth 4.4 billion years ago, but our species, Homo sapiens, appeared only 200,000 years ago. In spite of this, man has already caused the extinction of living organisms on the planet, has greatly reduced the number of fish in the oceans, and has disrupted important food chains.

That is why I think we cannot wait any longer: we have to change direction towards a new ethic that does not focus exclusively on man, but is capable of contemplating the long-term effects of our actions.

A new ethic based on a fundamental principle: the consequences of our actions must be compatible with the survival of human life on earth. Since the socio-environmental crisis we are going through causes nothing but a progressive degradation of human life – as COVID-19 has taught us – we need to rethink ecologism as a form of humanism: there is no real contrast between ecocentrism and anthropocentrism, because the defence of human interests coincides with the defence of nature and vice versa. Together with all other sentient beings, we human beings are part of the same common home, the Earth: therefore we cannot think of ruining one part without ruining the whole. In light of all this, in my opinion, sustainability should be understood today as the ethics of responsibility, the aim of which is to preserve the integrity – not only moral but also physical – of man and the world in which he lives.

How to proceed? By measuring, evaluating and trying to predict the influence that our actions can have on the fate of humanity and the planet.

It is 11 years now since Tasca d’Almerita first adhered to the SOStain and VIVA programmes with the firm conviction that we were embarking on a journey to increase awareness, because we wanted to know the precise effect of every action we take in the vineyard, in the winery, and in general throughout the organisation. In this sense, SOStain offers us the possibility of measuring our level of sustainability using rigorous scientific indicators and a multidimensional approach. This means that all decisions are made on the basis of data that help us to avoid waste and preserve the heritage we have been entrusted with. We have achieved a great deal of which I am very proud and which you can read about in this eleventh report.

 

Constant daily and often demanding work has transformed sustainability within our company into an ethic of responsibility: not just a method of running the company, but a lifestyle inspired by values and principles that revolve around the concept of the common good.

I have not yet found a complete answer to the initial question. I can say, however, that this way of working and living does make employees and everyone around the company feel better. Everything tastes better, there is a perception of widespread well-being and it is all simply much more beautiful.

Alberto Tasca

Certification

Tasca d’Almerita obtained for the second time the SOStain and VIVA company certification that demonstrates the company’s commitment to compliance with a sustainability system based on qualitative and quantitative indicators designed for the local Sicilian context.

These certifications – issued by DNV, an independent entity accredited by Accredia – are a guarantee for all consumers who want to make conscious and informed choices.

They demonstrate Tasca d’Almerita’s commitment to pursuing growth that is environmentally friendly, socially equitable and economically effective.