Environmental management system certification

There are three Entwine-approved certification programs:

For a program to be approved under Entwine, the following criteria must be met.

Critical criteria for Entwine Australia approved programs*
The program must be able to be audited by a certification body which is accredited with the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).
The program must be science-based and technically accurate.
The program must be reviewed periodically by the AWRI national reference group.
The program must be able to demonstrate the experience and/or formal qualifications of the program administrators and provide ongoing support to members.
Entwine-approved programs must also include:

  • A mechanism to ensure that all program participants have relevant tertiary qualifications, resources or training to support program implementation. This might include independent consultants, Freshcare training or NRM resources.
  • An Environmental Action Plan (EAP) and/or mechanism to verify continuous improvement.
  • An annual first party audit and revision of EAP/mechanism for continuous improvement.
  • A company or site-based policy or statement of commitment to environmental outcomes.
  • A written process/rules for dealing with non-conformance/environmental incidents.
All Entwine-approved programs must be compliant with legal requirements.

* See Definitions.

Freshcare Environmental Winery and Viticulture

The Freshcare Codes have been specifically developed for the grape and wine sector.

The certification process is as follows:

  • Contact an approved trainer and organise a one-day training course (prices and availability vary between providers)
  • After training, arrange for the trainer to visit your property to assist in preparations for the audit
  • Implement changes on-property based on information from the Code, the training and the follow up visit
  • Contact an approved audit provider to organise an audit

Prices for training and auditing will vary between providers. There are separate trainers for winery and viticulture although some can offer a combined training session.

List of approved Freshcare Environmental Trainers
List of approved Audit Providers

Information about Freshcare training can be found on the Freshcare website.

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is a widely used and understood international standard for environmental management practices, providing a rigorous system of accountabilities and an annual auditing schedule.

The ISO system by itself provides less practical guidance than the Freshcare Environmental certification package, and may be more costly. High quality training and auditing bodies will be able to assist in defining the practical requirements for meeting the ISO standard. For more information on ISO14001 certification visit the ISO website.

Sustainable Australia Winegrowing (SAW)

Sustainable Australia Winegrowing (SAW) is a leading sustainability system for viticulture in Australia. The program originated in McLaren Vale and is now available for use by growers across Australia. The user-friendly online system embraces the triple bottom line approach (environment, economic and social components). The content was developed by growers and peer-reviewed by worldwide-recognised experts. SAW has seven main areas of assessment:

  • soil health, nutrition and fertiliser management
  • pest and disease management
  • biodiversity management
  • water management
  • waste management
  • social relations
  • economic sustainability

In addition to the self-assessment workbook, the system also provides an online and exportable spray diary tool, which produces several chemical use benchmarks.

SAW provides a practical avenue to assess and improve vineyard sustainability. Members have access to an in-depth reporting system with their overall sustainability status (confidential) and benchmarks from regional averages to support decision-making.

To find out more about SAW, please visit http://mclarenvale.info/saw/overview/.

Definitions (source ISO Standards)

An audit is an evidence gathering process. Audit evidence is used to evaluate how well audit criteria are being met. Audits must be objective, impartial, and independent, and the audit process must be both systematic and documented.

There are three types of audits: first-party, second-party, and third-party. First-party audits are internal audits. Second and third party audits are external audits.

Organisations use first party audits to audit themselves. First party audits are used to confirm or improve the effectiveness of management systems. They are also used to declare that an organisation complies with an (ISO) standard (this is called a self-declaration). Of course, such a declaration is credible only if first party auditors are genuinely independent and free of bias. If you decide to use first party auditors to make a self-declaration of compliance, make sure that they aren’t auditing their own work.

Second party audits are external audits. They are usually conducted by customers or by others on their behalf. However, they can also be conducted by regulators or any other external party that has a formal interest in an organisation.

Third party audits are external audits performed by independent organisations such as certification bodies or regulators.

Audit evidence includes records, factual statements, and other verifiable information that is related to the audit criteria being used.

Audit criteria include policies, procedures, and requirements.

Audit evidence can be either qualitative or quantitative.

Objective evidence is information that shows or proves that something exists or is true.

Telephone and email support from the AWRI team

Viticulture and winemaking experts can be contacted at the AWRI helpdesk by email helpdesk@awri.com.au or telephone 08 8313 6600. The AWRI is your industry-owned organisation supporting Australian grape and wine producers with the development and adoption of innovative tools and practices.