Our Most Sustainable Beverages

Approved in our analysis of working conditions in cultivation and production

Approved in our analysis of working conditions in cultivation and production is one out of three criteria for the Our Most Sustainable Beverages guidance.

Systembolaget carries out a risk analysis of the production chain, i.e. of the producer and growers behind each beverage as regards social responsibility. Our assessment of social responsibility covers the following areas:

  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Discrimination
  • Wages
  • Working hours
  • Workers’ rights
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Protection of employees from overheating and dehydration
  • Child labour
  • Young workers
  • Gender equality
  • Forced labour or unethical recruitment
  • Ethical business behaviour.

The Code of Conduct

These areas are based on the Code of Conduct from the amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (amfori BSCI) that we have committed to follow. amfori BSCI is a global, non-profit organisation working for social responsibility and the environment in a number of industries that sets requirements on everything from cultivation to finished products.

How we do the analysis

Systembolaget’s risk analysis is based on 17 sustainability indicators. The risk analysis proceeds as follows:

1. Country report. The country report is based on information from an independent external analysis company. Each country is analysed on the basis of each respective sustainability indicator and the analysis is updated annually. The producer and growers behind a product are then assigned a risk level according to the country in which they operate.

2. Collection of certifications and/or audit results. The risks identified in the country report can be reduced based on the certifications or audits that a producer and its growers undergo. Those certifications that can reduce the risks are assessed through annual third-party benchmarking of the certifications and their standards.

A beverage’s overall outcome in the risk analysis thus depends on how well the producer and growers can demonstrate that they have successfully tackled the risks identified in the risk analysis, regardless of which country(s) the product is produced in and regardless of the country(s) where the crop is grown.

Another way to meet the crierion

The beverage in question can also meet the criterion of social responsibility by holding a third-party verified product certification that covers all the social sustainability indicators throughout the entire supply chain in an equivalent manner.

Product certifications that cover the social sustainability indicators throughout the entire supply chain


Certified sustainable wine of Chile
Equalitas Sustainable Wine
Fair for Life
Fairtrade – Standard for Hired Labour
For life
Sustainable Winegrowing Australia SWA
V.I.V.A "Sustainability and Culture"- Sustainable Wine