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The Macallan has been awarded the Butterfly Mark for their measurable impact and ACTION to sustainability.

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Impact and Commitment


Community Investment

The Macallan is cultivating a global community of artisan craftspeople. Their network of highly skilled suppliers share their values of achieving sustainable luxury through innovation as well as through knowledge and craftsmanship. The Macallan also encourage volunteering by offering their employees paid leave each year to commit to charitable endeavours.

Product Packaging

Over 95% of the materials used in The Macallan’s packaging processes are recyclable and the team has made a commitment to achieve 100% recyclable or sustainably sourced materials by 2025. All of the cardboard they use is sustainably sourced and the wood for their boxes is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.

Water Management

The water used for The Macallan whiskey is sourced from natural spring water boreholes on the banks of The Spey. The River Spey is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Macallan is making efforts to conserve water through efficient abstraction; cooling water comes directly from the river and is returned in full, with the exception of only a small amount of evaporation. The Macallan are committed to maintaining their ‘Excellent’ rating from SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency).

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Protecting Biodiversity

The Macallan are dedicated to building a positive and enduring legacy through an ongoing commitment to environmental excellence. For over two decades, they have held the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification to nurture and support the natural plant and wildlife ecosystem on their expansive 485-acre estate.

One and a half miles of the River Spey winds through The Macallan Estate, and Scottish salmon live among its waters. As salmon populations worldwide are in decline, The Macallan has partnered with the Atlantic Salmon Trust to support their critical research and work to protect this keystone species.

Responsible Suppliers

The Macallan grow a variety of barley called ‘Momentum’ on the Estate. It is cultivated across 77 acres of farmland and is used only for special editions of their single malt.

The malted barley used to make The Macallan is certified to the highest standards in sustainable agriculture and 100% traceable to UK suppliers registered with Red Tractor or Scottish Quality Cereals quality assurances.

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