The Stellar workforce benefits directly from sales of fairly-traded wine and grapes. The Stellar Empowerment Trust is the organization that controls the premium funds. The Stellar Empowerment Trust serves as a forum for workers to identify their needs and manages the income derived from fair trade sales. This is done through the democratically elected Joint Body, the executive arm of the Trust. The Trust is the owner of the 26% shareholding in the winery and the workers are the Trust’s beneficiaries.
Previously, the Trust initiated and managed projects designed to improve the quality of workers’ lives and benefit surrounding communities. With the establishment of the more complex Multi-Estate, it was decided to establish a non-profit organisation, the Stellar Foundation, to manage the projects and serve as the entity in which all social responsibility activities of the Stellar group of companies takes place. For a more detailed explanation of the Trust and the Foundation, read here.