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Irish Distillers

Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2022



About the company

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, and are currently Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys.

Exporting to 130+ markets, with over 71 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth Irish Distillers employs 600 people across their operations in Cork and Dublin.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Committed to Responsible Sourcing:

Irish Distillers have set a target of 100 % of all farmer suppliers to be IGAS certified by the end of 2018.

Promotes Biodiversity:

Irish Distillers will enhance the biodiversity on their site by incorporating eco-design / biodiversity features in the new whiskey maturation complex in Dungourney, such as wetland vegetation to secondary stormwater attenuation areas, Planting mixed trees and shrubs & Incorporation of traditional meadow grass and flower species in the large green areas on the site.

Reducing their Environmental Impact:

Yearly targets are in place to decrease energy usage by 21% and water usage by 15% by 2023.They also hope to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2020.

Spotlight Target Area: Primary Producer Sustainability Initiatives
In 2020, Irish Distillers launched a tailored sustainability programme for barley
growers. The ‘Sustainable Green Spring Barley Scheme’ aims to support the longterm viability of the spring barley sector in Ireland by incentivising farmers to deliver
further environmental benefits on their farms. Measures in the scheme aim to help
growers reduce the carbon footprint and promote biodiversity on their farms. An
additional payment of €15 per/tonne is payable directly to participating growers who
meet the environmental and sustainability requirements outlined in the scheme.

Case Study 2021