2023 Benefit Report
The Elk Cove Mission: To craft consistent 100% estate-grown Willamette Valley wines while taking good care of the land we love, doing business sustainably and contributing to the health of our local community.
We believe in business as a force for good. In addition to earning a profit, we consider our impact on society and the environment in our business decision-making processes. Our goal is to always consider the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.
We are stewards of the land, protecting this beautiful place we call home for the next generation and beyond.
Rooftop Solar Panels at Elk Cove
Farm work is skilled labor deserving of a living wage
What makes Elk Cove a Benefit Company?
We have made a legal commitment by registering as a Benefit Company with the state of Oregon. In 2023 applied to be a B Corporation and we expect our application to be finalized in mid-2024.
What public benefits does Elk Cove provide?
An Oregon Benefit Corporation is required to provide a benefit to the community. We have adopted the B Lab standards to document our benefits to the environment and to society. Some highlights:
Ways we contribute to the health of our local community:
- Our full-time employees receive healthcare benefits, a living wage and opportunities for education and career advancement
- We donate wine to 100s of healthcare and family charitable causes each year
- We have organized our agricultural calendar to maximize the number of employees in agriculture receiving a living wage with full benefits (healthcare, retirement, PTO)
- We are founding members of ¡Salud! Auction for Vineyard Worker Healthcare which we support every year
Ways we contribute to the sustainability of the Oregon Wine Industry:
- We support 20+ small farms by purchasing fruit for sister winery Pike Road Wines
- Elk Cove employees have served with industry organizations as volunteers and board members with Oregon Pinot Camp, Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction, the International Pinot Noir Auction and the Willamette Valley Vineyards Association to promote Oregon wine
- Owner/Winemaker Adam Campbell has consulted with dozens of new vineyard owners on sustainable, high-quality viticulture practices
Ways we protect the biodiversity of our properties and beyond:
- Sustainable agricultural practices: we farm using organic practices and our vineyards are certified Salmon-Safe
- We plant cover crops to increase biodiversity in the vineyard and encourage beneficial microbes, insects and birds
- We limit our water use by dry farming all 4+ year-old vines
- We protect and rehabilitate 100s of acres of forest and wetland areas adjacent to our vineyards
- 1% for the planet: We donate over 1% of Elk Cove’s revenue to environmental causes
Ways we contribute to available Roosevelt Elk habitat:
- Elk are big animals that need large amounts of range, water and food. We protect 100s of acres of wooded and open areas adjacent to our vineyards to provide habitat for the herd
- Oak Forest Protection: as members of the Oregon Oak Accord, we protect Oregon oak woodlands on our properties. Elk use oaks for cover and forage
- Wetland conservation to provide drinking water to elk and other animals
- Limiting farming activity in areas frequented by the elk
Why B Corp?
We chose B Corp certification because it’s the third-party certification that aligns best with our values:
- Rigorous standards of both social and environmental impacts
- Emphasis on continuous improvement and long-term resiliency
- Standards that change with current best practices
- Consideration of all stakeholders including employees and customers
B Corp stood out among third-party environmental certifications because of its additional focus on the social and financial impacts of our business on the larger community. We farm using organic methods, and we share many values with our friends who are LIVE or Biodynamic certified, but these certifications lack requirements in areas of governance and community and do not consider the impacts a business has on workers, customers and other stakeholders in the wider community. We are from rural Oregon and we want to help make rural Oregon a better place for plants, animals, farms and people.
Results Of Our B Impact Assessment
A total of 80 points out of 200 are required to become a B Corporation and we scored 90.5 points on our initial assessment in 2023. Companies reapply every three years and are encouraged to improve their score. Learn more about B Corp
We are currently in the queue to receive our verification report and will work with B Corp to finalize our third-party certification. While we still have documentation to provide to B Lab, we are confident that we have achieved the standard and Elk Cove be certified as a B Corp in mid-2024. Measuring a company’s social and environmental impact takes time!
Over our first 50 years in business, Elk Cove’s founders Pat and Joe Campbell modeled a strong sense of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Our goal in adopting a third-party standard is to continue to improve as environmental stewards and community members so that we can continue to provide social and environmental benefits over our next 50 years in business.