Château Maris

Organic and Biodynamic French Wine

La Liviniere, Languedoc-Roussillon

France

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About Château Maris

Château Maris is a 79-acre estate divided into a multitude of small vineyards on the hillside above the village of La Liviniere, the first Cru Classe of the Minervois in the Languedoc region. Château Maris practices both organic and biodynamic viticulture and is certified by Ecocert, Biodyvin and Demeter. Château Maris is the first European winery to achieve Certified B Corporation® status from B Lab® Europe. Already a leader in environmentally responsible winemaking, Château Maris is joining a global movement of people using business as a force for good™.

The building in which they make their wines, the chai, is environmentally efficient, with zero carbon emission. It is a ‘vegetable’ building using only renewable raw materials – hemp lime bricks supported on a wooden structure – and therefore completely recyclable.

Château Maris is run by a small, dedicated team of people passionate about making high quality wines in an environmentally friendly-way. The Estate is managed by Robert Eden.

B Corp is a natural extension of the mission at Château Maris to seek out innovative solutions to reduce our environmental footprint throughout the winemaking process while producing high quality wines from certified organic and biodynamic grapes. B Corp pushes us to think harder and further about our impact, and firmly solidifies our commitment to improvement.

The Change We Seek®

From the beginning, Château Maris focused on sustainable winemaking practices in both the vineyard and the cellar. The process began with the conversion of unhealthy vineyards that had been farmed using traditional practices into organic and biodynamic vineyards. The next step was building an environmentally friendly carbon neutral hemp brick cellar, the first of its kind in the world. The most recent accomplishment was joining the B Corps community.

Through B Corp, Château Maris has sought out a community of like-minded people, working with businesses that inspire thinking differently about solutions on environmental and social issues. The B Corp community helps reinforce Château Maris’ drive toward continuous improvement, and provides a platform for measuring impact and engaging stakeholders and consumers throughout the process. Château Maris seeks to inspire other wineries and businesses to pursue sustainable farming practices, and socially responsible business policies.

 

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

September 2016
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

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N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
90
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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