Bombay Sapphire on missions to be world’s most sustainable gin

April 15, 2021

After decades spent carefully building sustainable partnerships with farmers and suppliers, Bombay Sapphire, the iconic premium gin from family-owned Bacardi Limited, is proud to announce that all 10 of its botanical ingredients are on track to be certified sustainable in 2021. 

With the suppliers of eight already certified, according to the For Life standard, the goal is for the remaining two producers – for grains of paradise from Ghana and liquorice from China – to be certified in the months which follow the lifting of travel restrictions. 

This news is a big step towards Bacardi, the largest privately-held spirits company in the world. Bacardi achieved its 2025 goal of sourcing 100% of its main ingredients from sustainably certified suppliers.

The ten botanicals are hand-selected by Bombay Sapphire Master of Botanicals Ivano Tonutti to create the gin’s fresh, bright taste. These include: 

  • Juniper from Tuscany
  • Coriander from Morocco
  • Lemon peel from Spain 
  • Cubeb berries from Java

Only the finest quality botanicals are selected by Ivano and his work does not end there. The For Life certification awarded by Ecocert S.A., the world’s leading specialist in the certification of sustainable practices, recognises the commitment of Ivano and Bacardi to only work with suppliers who act responsibly and ensure a sustainable future for farmers, their communities and the environment.

Bombay Sapphire has pioneered sustainability in the spirits industry. The brand has long invested in new innovations offering creative solutions to complex challenges. When the Bombay Sapphire distillery opened in Laverstoke, England, in 2014, it set a new standard for sustainability by showcasing many such innovations. The distillery’s design was rated ‘outstanding’ by BREEAM, the most recogniSed environmental assessment for buildings.

Bombay Sapphire
Bombay Sapphire has pioneered sustainability in the spirits industry.

“We take a 360-degree approach to sustainability,” says Ivano Tonutti. “It’s our responsibility to care as much about the farmers and their communities as we do the botanicals they grow and harvest for Bombay Sapphire. By looking after their well-being and investing in sustainable farming practices, we are helping to protect the environment and their livelihoods for generations to come.”

An example of this in practice is the village in Ghana where, over several years, Bacardi has worked with AIESEC, a local non-governmental organization. This is to help the community establish itself as an independent farming cooperative – from installing a water pump, which now supplies the village with fresh water, to recruiting an agronomist for expert advice and guidance. This year, the village will harvest its first crop of grains of paradise for Bombay Sapphire.

“For Life certification gives consumers peace of mind that ingredients are coming from organisations committed to continuous improvement,” says Ecocert CEO Philippe Thomazo. “For Life means that suppliers growing and harvesting the certified botanicals for Bombay Sapphire are acting responsibly in every respect.”

Natasha Curtin, VP Bombay Sapphire, says: “I am incredibly proud of this latest achievement by Ivano and his team but as an industry, we must all invest in a more sustainable future. Ivano has spent more than 20 years building close relationships with our farmers and suppliers around the world. With his experience and expertise, we have created a blueprint for the sustainable sourcing of botanicals, which we hope will inspire others to do the same.”

  • Bacardi worked closely with its suppliers to help them achieve For Life certification. To be certified, suppliers must commit to continuous improvement in the following areas: the well-being of the people involved in the harvesting and supply of the botanicals;
  • the reduction of their environmental impact;
  • their responsible purchasing practices;
  • and sustainable development at a local level and key stages in the supply chain.

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