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As Systembolaget and Alko, Vinmonopolet has a growing interest in developing a sustainable approach to its business activity. From its research for suppliers to its operations, the Norvegian monopoly has developed multiple policies that can have an impact on producers willing to export their products in Norway’s state shops. As Concealed Wines has succeeded in having a good experience with Vinmonopolet’s sustainability policies, we created this sustainability insight to help our suppliers.

Sustainability at Vinmonopolet: from ethics to environmental choices for a greener range of products

Vinmonopolet’s policies about sustainability

‘’Our mission is to ensure responsible sales of alcohol to limit the harmful effects of alcohol in society’’ – Vinmonopolet

Vinmonopolet has a role of making the alcohol consumption safer in Norway, without any private profit from sales, but still offer a great service and selection. But they are also working actively to have a better sustainable business, by focusing on 4 aspects. 2 aspects can have an impact on their suppliers choices.

Vinmonopolet’s policies towards working conditions

Vinmonopolet works with over 500 importers from Norway which makes the chain very dense with a lot of producers all around the world. Vinmonopolet has a demand that all their suppliers ensure that the working conditions are acceptable in the work of the producers and farmers.

These demands come from something called ‘’Code of Conduct’’ and everyone is a part of this code. The code comes from the organization ‘’Amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative’’ which Vinmonopolet is a member of. Vinmonopolet follows up these demands via an on-site audits.

Vinmonopolet’s policies towards its carbon footprint

Vinmonopolet’s goal is to reduce overall emission by 40% within 2030 and their biggest focus is on packaging. The amount of bottles that is being transported to Norway from abroad is over 60 million every year and the packaging stands for 92.4% of the footprint. 

Therefore, a requirement for Vinmonopolets suppliers is that all wine under 150 NOK shall be sent light weighted packed. You can recognize these products by the mark ‘’Environmentally friendly packaging’’. They are also increasing their demand for new packagings, such as:

  • cans,
  • PET bottles,
  • boxes,
  • light-weight glass bottles…

Their requirements are still less strict than Systembolaget, but they are often doing research with the Swedish and the Finnish monopolies to improve their decisions and their business. You can read more on Systembolaget and Alko sustainability policies here:

More readings on Vinmonopolet’s sustainability policies

Vinmonopolet released a pdf document to help suppliers see what is important for them when it comes to sustainabiltiy. It will help you understand better what is important for Vinmonopolet regarding sustainability with the 4 aspects they are focusing on. You can have access to this document here.

As Alko and Systembolaget, Vinmonopolet uses the amfori code of behavior to determine if its suppliers are behaving in accordance with its guidelines regarding Human Rights. You will also find the page on how they are using amfori in their code of conduct. They also published a webpage explaining how they are using this code of conduct in their policies. You can find this webpage here:

Q&A Section

Does Vinmonopolet only focus on climate sustainability?

No, Vinmonopolet also focuses on working conditions of its suppliers in accordance with Amfori code of conduct.

What is the goal of sustainability policies at Vinmonopolet?

Vinmonopolet’s goal is to reduce overall emission by 40% within 2030.

How does Vinmonopolet plan to reduce its carbon footprint?

Vinmonopolet empathizes a lot on reducing the supply chain carbon footprint by focusing on new packaging that have a lower impact on the environment.

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