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Sustainability certifications are now a determining asset in many wine markets, especially abroad. Having recognized and reliable ones is a plus, but their duplication is obviously a waste of economic resources and time. And, precisely to avoid this costly inconvenience, a collaboration project was born between Equalitas, a company controlled by Federdoc and holder of the most widespread sustainability certification standard for Italian wine (pending the national one which, in all likelihood, will resume many aspects) and the world giant Brcgs (which covers matters ranging from food safety to brokerage), which provides for the verification of the overlap of the “Brcgs Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing Issue 2” standard with respect to the ethical requirements of the “Sopd Equalitas Rev. 4 “. Project at the center of a meeting in “Milan Wine Week” 2021, with Filippo Gallinella, president of the Agriculture Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, and which saw the participation, as speakers, Maria Chiara Ferrarese (deputy director of CSQA), Enrico De Micheli (ad Agroqualità), Giuseppe Liberatore (dg Valoritalia) and of producers and managers of wineries who have already adhered to both standards, such as Gualberto Ricci Curbastro of the Ricci Curbastro winery, Marco Nannetti (Terre Cevico), Antonio Capaldo (Feudi San Gregorio) and Francesco Ricasoli (Barone Ricasoli).
As can be seen from the title of the Brcgs standard, the specific focus, in this case, was the ethical pillar (which constitutes one of the areas of Equalitas certification, together with the environmental one, of course) an issue on which Equalitas is also spending itself on other fronts. , creating work tables (the most famous one organized within the Lights on Work Festival in Montepulciano) involving interested parties and institutions, including the two relevant ministries, that of Labor and that of Agricultural Policies. All with the declared aim of materializing the best ethical and economic practices of work along the wine supply chain, and up to the consumer. Riccardo Ricci Curbastro, president of Equalitas (and also Federdoc) and Fiona Humphries (Scheme Manager Brcgs) explained the rationale behind the alignment, focusing above all on market demands and on the recognition of buyers. And immediately conveying the message that avoiding duplication in certifications represents a great opportunity for companies to rationalize and create co-marketing between organizations and the companies themselves.


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