Green Spirit Initiative

Green Spirits Initiative

Rewarding considerate distillation and spirit production practices

The IWSC’s Green Spirit Initiative award, sponsored by Berlin Packaging, has been created to highlight the impressive work being carried out by distilleries, producers, and spirit companies already on the journey toward improving their environmental credentials.

No matter your businesses size, we want to hear from you all about the great work you are doing to reduce your impact on the environment when making your spirit.

Entry criteria

Applicants will be able to provide quantitative evidence on the nature of the improvements made and can demonstrate a causal relationship between activities undertaken and improvements achieved. Visible progress to becoming a more sustainable organisation must be demonstrated. Initiatives must already be underway; it is not enough to simply demonstrate intention.

Entry is open to all 2023 entrants to the IWSC spirit awards.

If you wish to be considered for this award, you must have entered the IWSC's 2023 spirits awards. Deadline for entry is 31 January 2023. The IWSC will then contact all spirits awards entrants later in the year (March/April) with the Green Spirit Initiative entry form. This will be your opportunity to share your initiatives and put yourself forward for the trophy.

Entry timeline

  • The IWSC will contact all spirits award entrants with entry form from Monday 3 April
  • Deadline for returning entry form: Friday 26 May
  • Award judging: w.c 5 June
  • Shortlist announced: Tuesday 27 June
  • Winner announced: Thursday 19 October at the IWSC’s 2023 Awards Dinner & Industry Celebration

“To have our sustainability initiatives recognised on a global scale by an authority such as the IWSC has made us tremendously proud.

"It demonstrates to our community here in Australia and around the world that we are doing is world class, and it’s not just us saying that!

"It’s a stamp of achievement and credibility that our trade customers, friends in media and our gin drinking community can celebrate and support.”

Michelle Hall, Four Pillars Gin


How do we submit an entry?

  • In April 2023, you will be invited to download the entry form, complete it and return it with supporting imagery to
  • Entrants must enter the IWSC spirit awards before the deadline of 31 January 2023 to be considered for this trophy.

What are you looking for in a submission?

  • We will be looking for a project that, in the judges’ view, has the greatest significance in terms of its positive impact on sustainability and demonstrates creativity and innovation.

How will the award be judged?

  • A selection of industry experts and someone from our sponsor, Berlin Packaging, will vote independently on the submissions. A shortlist will be announced before the overall winner is announced at the IWSC's 2022 Awards Dinner & Industry Celebration on 19 October 2023.

Is there a cost associated with entering this award

  • No. There is no cost – participation is free of charge.

When will the winner be announced?

  • The winner will be announced on 19 October. The shortlisted entrants will be announced before this.