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Positive Society and Community

E600CA23-A5CF-4F30-BC0F-7E8B830451E0@2x Jun 03 2021 · 2 min read

Cultivating kindness within our local and global communities 

We share a strong connection with our local Speyside community, which has been cultivated since The Macallan was established on our Estate in 1824.  We thrive as a local brand with a global presence because of the remarkable communities who have and continue to support us both at home in Scotland and around the world.

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Giving Back

Giving has always been fundamental to who we are. James Stuart, our owner from 1868 to 1892, donated a large part of his estate to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Gray’s Hospital in Elgin.

Janet Harbison, our owner between the world wars, overcame unfathomable hardships in order to maintain the estate’s workforce and today, The Macallan is one of Speyside’s largest employers and the most significant contributor to Scotland’s largest independent charity, The Robertson Trust.

Giving More - London’s City Harvest: 

In 2020 through our Giving Back programme The Macallan gifted a complete set of The Red Collection (a classic aged collection of rare single malts) to City Harvest London to raise funds for the food charity which redistributes surplus from the food industry to vulnerable people across the Capital.  The Halloween auction raised £756,400/$975,756 in Sotheby’s with proceeds from the sale expected to provide almost 2.5m meals for those in need.


Giving More - New York’s Guggenheim Foundation: 

And in March 2021, a one-of-a-kind original bottle created in partnership with legendary artist Sir Peter Blake was auctioned at Sotheby’s New York, with the $437.5k (£314,190) proceeds being donated to The Guggenheim Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, Access & Inclusion Initiative. 

The Macallan Red Collection 40 Years Old
The Macallan Red Collection 50 Years Old

Employee Volunteers

As well as supporting an extensive network of local businesses and nurturing links with a range of regional groups, organisations and community councils, The Macallan’s employees are encouraged to become actively involved in charitable causes that they feel passionate about.

This is facilitated through offering each employee four days of paid leave per year that can be used independently or as part of teams which organise to undertake specific projects for charities.
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The Macallan Artisan Collective – established 2021

The Macallan holds a deep affinity with artisans and master makers. As contemporary creators, designers, and craftspeople what unites us all is the value that we place on provenance and our infinite passion for finding innovative ways to keep traditional crafts and generational skills alive.  Through our work we are fortunate to collaborate with an incredible network of artisans who support us each year in realising our vision of creating beautifully distinctive product and accessory experiences and compelling, creative storytelling.

At The Macallan, our quest to seek out likeminded artisan collaborators is constant.  Through The Macallan Artisan Collective, we hope to create a place in which we can not only nurture our existing artisan relationships, but also welcome new, future collaborators.

Realising our commitment to invest in our key communities and skills, The Macallan Artisan Collective was established in 2021 as a creative community for our Artisan peers and a forum for likeminded master makers to meet, innovate and collaborate supported by twice yearly events allowing us to network and exchange knowledge and ideas so that we may all learn and develop together.


Announcing The Macallan Artisan Apprenticeship Fund

The Macallan aims to champion and celebrate the Artisan, their philosophies, knowledge, skills and their critical role in our local and global economies.   In 2021, we announced the creation of The Macallan Artisan Apprenticeship Fund to recognise the need to cherish, preserve and perpetuate legacy crafts, trades, skills and values, ensuring employment for generations to come.

The Macallan will award and fund two separate apprenticeship roles period of 3 years so that each recipient artisan business may confidently commit to the employment of an apprentice for the recognised time required to learn a master trade.  Applications and criteria for businesses wishing to be considered for The Macallan Artisan Apprenticeship Fund will be shared in further announcements in Spring 2022.

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