With Spier Growing For Good, we invest in initiatives that empower our communities to make a positive social and environmental change. Ranging from art and entrepreneurship to regenerative farming and more, our projects and partnerships are creating a ripple effect of lasting and meaningful change.

Reducing and reusing this precious resource

WATER

100% of Spier’s black and grey wastewater is recycled using a centralised wastewater treatment plant installed in 2007. The environmentally-friendly plant has the capacity to process up to 1 million litres at any given time, and the clean water is then used for flushing in the washrooms and to irrigate gardens and lawns on the property.

Teaching the value of waste

It’s Sorted

100% of our organic waste is transformed into organic, nutrient-rich fertiliser and more than 97% of our solid waste is recycled. In our goal to push this to 100%, our It’s Sorted training programme teaches our staff on an ongoing basis about the value of recycling and how to reduce waste to landfill.

Conserving wildlife through education

Eagle Encounters

Spier supports Eagle Encounters by donating land, electricity and water for its facilities. Visitors to this raptor rehabilitation, conservation and education project based at Spier can interact with birds of prey, and learn about out how these magnificent animals keep ecosystems healthy and balanced.

Growing trees in exchange for life-changing support

Tree-preneurs

Spier provides land, facilities and a manager to drive Tree-preneurs in the Cape. This project teaches members of impoverished communities how to care for indigenous plants. Once the seedlings they’ve been given to nurture are big enough, these are exchanged for food vouchers, clothing, bicycles, educational support and other essentials.

Living Soils Community Farm

Living Soils Community Farm

Based at Spier, this learning and demonstration farm produces nutritious food using eco-friendly regenerative farming methods while empowering a new generation of farmers.

Training for unemployed youth

Harambee youth employment accelerator

Spier recruits entry-level staff through Harambee, an initiative which sources, trains and places unemployed young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into their first jobs. We are working closely with Harambee to help grow the initiative in the Cape.

Practical experience for new entrants to the wine industry

Pinotage Youth Development Academy

Spier is a participating employer in the Pinotage Youth Development Academy which seeks to educate and employ disadvantaged youth in the wine industry. Practical work experience is provided at Spier in various aspects of the business. On average we mentor four students per module, for the duration of the programme.

Equipping young bright minds

SPIER SUPPORTS PACK FOR A PURPOSE

The Pack for a Purpose invites visitors to Spier to fill spare space in their luggage with much-needed books, stationery and other educational supplies for disadvantaged young students. The items are donated to a local community school and library.

Empowering staff to make a positive difference

Love the Land

Because each employee is an ambassador for Spier and its values, every new member of our team participates in a five-day training course that explores environmental and social challenges. The course forges an understanding of the role our employees can play in a global society, encouraging them to create a positive and meaningful impact as 'agents of change'.

Artistic collaborations in the ancient art of mosaic

Artisan Studio

This studio facilitates collaborations between artists and ceramic and mosaic artisans – thereby nourishing the talent and economic viability of practitioners in both mediums. It’s also home to an apprenticeship programme. In addition to its Cape Town HQ, the studio has a satellite space at Spier.

Helping local start-ups thrive

Empowering micro-enterprises

Spier helps entrepreneurs — many of the former employees — to launch and successfully run their own small businesses. The range of support we offer these start-ups includes mentorship, finance, equipment and facilities. Purchasing guarantees at launch also provide the entrepreneurs with the income they need to get their businesses up and running.