Our Most Sustainable Beverages

Environmentally certified cultivation and production

Environmentally certified cultivation and production is one out of three criteria for Systembolaget's Most Sustainable Beverages guidance.

29 approved certifications

There are currently 29 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

Bodegas de Argentina
Certified California Sustainable Vineyard and Winery (CCSW)
Certified Sustainable Wine of Chile
Demeter Biodynamic (International)
Demeter Biodynamic (USA)
Equalitas Sustainable Wine
EU Organic / EU-ekologiskt
Fair for Life
Fair ’n Green
Fairtrade - Standard for Hired Labour
For Life
IPW South Africa
LIVE Certified Sustainable /OREGON LIVE
Napa Green
The National Reference of Sustainability Certification in the Winesector
SIP Certified
Sustainable Austria
Sustainable Winegrowing Australia
Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand
Sustainable Wines of Great Britain
Sustainable Wineries for Climate Protection
Terra Vitis
Vignerons en Développement Durable
V.I.V.A Sustainability and culture
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 Our Most Sustainable Beverages.