Environmentally certified cultivation and production

Environmentally certified cultivation and production is one out of three criteria for Systembolaget's Sustainable Choice label.

23 approved certifications

There are currently 23 Systembolaget-approved certifications. The selection is based on an annual review and comparative study carried out by independent consultants (Intertek) on behalf of Systembolaget.

In the study, Intertek looks at a variety of environmental issues related to cultivation and production, such as biodiversity, soil health, chemical use, water management, waste management, energy and climate.

Fairtrade and Fair for Life are included among the approved certifications. Although they tend to be primarily associated with social responsibility, they also impose high environmental demands on cultivation and production, which means they are also approved for this criterion.

The certification must be product-specific and visibly displayed on the packaging.

Approved certifications

Sustainable Winegrowing Australia
Bodegas de Argentina
Certified California Sustainable
Demeter Biodynamic (International)
Demeter Biodynamic Certification (USA)
Equalitas Sustainable Wine
EU Organic

Fair ’n Green

Fair for Life
Fair Trade Certified
For Life
IPW South Africa
LIVE Certified Sustainable /OREGON LIVE
SIP Certified
Sustainable Austria
Vignerons en Développement Durable
Certified sustainable wine of Chile
Wines of Alentejo Sustainability Programme

Organic is one type of environmental certification. The organic certifications (EU Organic, Demeter and Krav) generally differ from other environmental certifications by their high requirements on pesticides and fertilisers.

On the other hand, organic certifications are generally somewhat weaker in other environmental areas, and EU Organic does not impose any requirements on the production stage.

Systembolaget’s overall assessment is that, with its strengths and weaknesses, organic still has a strategically important role to play in securing sustainable agriculture in the future. We therefore also approve organic certifications under the environmental criterion in Sustainable Choice.