De Symington familie lanceert nieuw Impactfonds

10-01-2020 – De Symington familie, een groep van toonaangevende port- en wijnproducenten in Portugal, heeft een nieuw fonds ter waarde van €1 miljoen opgericht om sociale, culturele en milieu-initiatieven te ondersteunen. Lees hieronder het persbericht in het Engels.

In 2020, Symington Family Estates is celebrating two historical milestones – the 200th anniversary of Graham’s Port and the 350th anniversary of Warre’s Port. To mark these two events – a reflection of the longstanding friendship between Portugal and Britain – the Symington family has created a new Impact Fund with an initial pledge of €1 million euros. The fund will primarily be used to support positive causes in the Douro and Greater Porto regions as well as the Alto Alentejo. The fund’s focus areas are 1) community wellbeing and health, 2) environmental protection and conservation, and 3) cultural heritage and education.

The Impact Fund will have a twelve-month funding cycle as well as an additional annual contribution from Symington Family Estates, with the objective of ensuring that the fund’s value increases in order to provide sustainable long-term support to key initiatives and partners.

The Symington’s current Impact Fund partners include the Volunteer Emergency Services of the Douro region (13 ambulances donated to-date) and Bagos d’Ouro (a charity that provides education and opportunities for underprivileged children in the Douro). A new partner working in the area of environmental protection and conservation will be announced shortly.

“We have always sought to run our family business in a way that benefits people – be they our employees or the wider community. We are also committed to protecting the beautiful natural environments where we produce our wines. We have consistently reinvested in the Douro region and have a long history of supporting social initiatives in the areas where we work. The Symington Impact Fund is a way of formalising this commitment and ensuring we support projects which are most aligned with our values and where we can have the maximum positive impact.” – Rupert Symington, CEO, Symington Family Estates

In 2019 Symington Family Estates was the first wine company in Portugal to become a certified B Corporation – assessed against the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility – and was awarded Ethical Company of the Year in The Drinks Business 2019 Green Awards. The company is working on an ambitious sustainability strategy, called Mission 2025, covering all aspects of its operations with a series of publicly committed measurable goals and a comprehensive climate action plan.