WINEGRAPE CONSIGNMENT CHAIN OF RESPONSIBILITY CODE OF CONDUCT
The Riverina Winemakers Association has developed a Code of Conduct for Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations relating to mass management, speed limits, fatigue, dimensions and load restraint which is to apply for the forthcoming vintage.
NSW Roads and Maritime Services has as an objective a reduction in the incidence of mass breaches over time. Riverina winemakers as consignees have a responsibility to comply with CoR Legislation and are seeking to take active steps to meet Chain of Responsibility objectives. These steps include (but are not restricted to) ensuring Chain of Responsibility infringements are:
- investigated and corrective action taken to prevent a recurrence;
- not encouraged or rewarded;
- have appropriate penalties imposed; and
- notified to all relevant parties
The Code sets out the principles and practices upon which all members agree including offence trigger points, a three strikes policy, and providing an opportunity for an overloaded vehicle to safely correct the mass breach through normal processing procedures on site.
The policies of individual wineries in dealing with mass breaches have been appended to the Code.
While the primary objective of the Code is to meet chain of responsibility obligations, it has a secondary purpose of providing a clear statement to consignors that the industry has a clear and unambiguous approach to mass breaches.
In August 2005 work commenced on a joint-funded project between the Australian Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) and the Riverina Winemakers’ Association (RWA) to audit and review winery solid waste streams management. This project was completed in December 2006 (see Solid Waste Executive Summary). As a result of this work, two tools were developed: a sustainable procurement guide for environmentally preferred purchasing and a used packaging and recycling guide.
The project spearheaded the formation of the RWA’s One Vision Environment Program and the establishment of the Riverina wine industry’s Environment Policy and inaugural Environmental Compliance and Awareness Seminar - “helping wineries to help themselves and ensure a sustainable future for the wine industry and wider community.”
As a result of these initiatives, it has been acknowledged publicly the Riverina wine industry is a national leader on environmental stewardship – “No other wine region in Australia is able to claim such a proactive approach to environmental management,” (Winemakers Federation of Australia, August 2006). It is the partnership between the GWRDC and the RWA which has been the cornerstone to driving this progress.
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