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For the benefit of society, culture and knowledge

Over the course of its history, the Corticeira Amorim has been actively committed to contributing to development in the economic, social and humanitarian fields, fostering initiatives in various areas, such as culture, education, social solidarity and scientific research. It is perhaps in the field of research that it clearly shows its uniqueness, by generating knowledge for the entire cork sector.

Corticeira Amorim is the only player in the cork industry to own a leading non-profit landmark organisation for promoting research and knowledge about wine: the Amorim Academy.

Founded in 1992, it provides funding for research in enology and innovative projects within the framework of wine.

However, Corticeira Amorim active role in the field of research goes even further – between 2008 and 2015 it was responsible for the most renowned award ever given in the cork sector: the Research Award for «Enhancing the Value and Sustainability of the Cork Oak and its Associated Biodiversity». This initiative clearly reflects the concern for promoting the proper management of the cork oak forest.

Today, a set of measures and actions are underway in a long-term structured programme, entitled the Forestry Intervention Project, which aims to ensure the maintenance, preservation and enhancement of cork oak forests and, consequently, ensure the continuous production of high-quality cork.

Also in the field of knowledge, the Corticeira Amorim has a close relationship with education and is an active player in reinforcing the connection between the school/scientific community and business activity.

 

Corticeira Amorim’s Social Responsibility also includes cooperation with a number of national and international initiatives, providing materials, know-how and technical support to the development of educational, research and artistic projects. It is worth noting the collaboration with the following entities: Rhode Island School of Design (USA), Pratt Institute (USA), Elon University (USA), Copenhagen Contemporary (Denmark), Bonn Bundeskunsthalle Museum (Denmark), Domaine de Boisbuchet (France), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal) and the Centro Cultural de Belém (Portugal).

Concern for social balance

On a social level, concern for balance is one of the qualities that have accompanied the 140 years of activity of the Amorim Group - it was one of the first companies to provide workers with a refectory and a doctor, all the way back in 1938. With the turn of the century, Social Responsibility took on another dimension, and was extended to the community.

Currently, the Group is actively involved in interventions on a social, humanitarian and aid level, through collaboration with institutions for social integration, for minors at risk and support for the elderly, fire fighter brigades, the Portuguese Anti-Cancer League (Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro) and sports clubs, among others.

Corticeira Amorim is one of the main benefactors of the Albertina Ferreira de Amorim Foundation, which aims to promote solidarity and foster human dignity in ethical, religious, cultural and civilisational dimensions. In addition to its social and cultural support side, this institution also plans to encourage scientific investigation in the field of cork preparation and processing, where the concession of awards in this field and others is envisaged.

Corticeira Amorim is a partner, since its foundation, of the Bagos d'Ouro Association, which is dedicated to supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the Douro region by monitoring their school performance and progress and creating opportunities for the development of successful life projects. The company is also a founding partner of the Terras de Santa Maria Foundation – and each year attributes a prize to the best student in the area of management frpm the Instituto Superior de Entre Douro e Vouga (ISVOUGA).

Whether through supporting local communities or enabling actions which have a material national and international impact, the Social Responsibility of the Corticeira Amorim includes an action plan, designed with the clear purpose of contributing to the sustained development of people and institutions.

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