Summerhill Pyramid Winery First in Canada to Achieve Special Certification

Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s leadership team (top, left to right): Gabe Cipes, Jeremy Luypen, Ezra Cipes, Gary Leslie, Rory Baldwin, Avneet Hothi, Lindsey Reagean.
(Bottom, left to right): Nicole Martinez, Helen Sarris, Stephen Cipes, Andrea Thiessen, Ari Cipes, Li Zhou, Livi Waller, Mike Curren, Michael Alexander, Ryan Maarschalk, Ryan Andrews. (Photo credit: Kevin Trowbridge).

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Kelowna, BC | Summerhill Pyramid Winery is the first winery in Canada to be accredited as a Certified B Corporation® and is one of only 26 wineries worldwide to gain this certification. This mark ultimately acknowledges that Summerhill Pyramid Winery focuses on people and planet, not just profit.

CEO Ezra Cipes has explained the certification in a blog post, which you can read here.

“My parents started working with Summerhill Pyramid’s organic certifier all the way back in 1988,” says winery CEO Ezra Cipes. He goes on to say, “Organic certification is important because it provides transparency for the way we farm and make our wine. Now I am thrilled to announce that on May 15, after a two-year accreditation process, Summerhill has become a Certified B Corporation®, which provides the same kind of transparency for the way we run our business.”

Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. B Corp businesses make a positive global impact by working to reduce inequality, lower levels of poverty, create a healthier environment, build strong communities and offer high-quality jobs. Summerhill Pyramid Winery has been assessed in categories including governance, workers, customers, community, and the environment to achieve this certification.

Acknowledging that Summerhill Pyramid Winery is a B Corporation shows customers that the team’s dedication to living their values in the way they do business is authentic. The Summerhill team considers the impact of its decisions on its workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment – to go above and beyond the production of wine to ensure its workers, lands and community benefit from their practices.

With B Corp, Summerhill Pyramid joins a community of leaders driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The B Corp® list includes well-known companies like Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s. As the first Canadian winery to gain this certification, Summerhill is establishing its own presence amongst these global giants. Other BC companies having achieved this certification include Hootsuite, Nada, and Pyrrha Handcrafted Jewels.

About Summerhill Pyramid Winery | Summerhill Pyramid is Canada’s most visited winery. The winery team welcomes thousands of visitors onto its farm from all over the world. The founding vision to bottle among the very finest wines in the world has been achieved, with trophies from the highest levels of competition in France, England, and around the world to show for it. But the greatest legacy is the change that the team strives to nourish daily. The winery’s greatest goal is an ongoing one of service to humanity, engendering a culture of gratitude for people and planet with every heavenly sip of its organic wine. Learn more at summerhill.bc.ca.

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