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Giving back

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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.

The Macallan Estate nature

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.

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 London.

The auction run by Sotheby’s raised £756,400, with proceeds from the sale expected to provide almost 2.5m meals for those in need.  In 2021 we will undertake a further two Giving Back charitable auctions, sharing details of the funds achieved for our selected 2021 recipient charitable partners.

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.
Entrance to The Macallan Distillery

The creation of a Community of Luxury Artisans 

Our success as a local brand with a global presence is a direct result of the remarkable communities and networks with whom we enjoy strong interdependent relationships based on mutual respect and shared value creation. Amongst these communities, we deeply value the network of artisans who support us in realising our vision of creating beautifully distinctive product and accessory experiences and compelling, creative storytelling. 

In 2021 we will establish and grow a collaborative community for our artisan partners. A place to champion the Artisan, their philosophies, knowledge, skills and their critical role in our local and global economies. What unites us all, as contemporary creators, designers and craftspeople is the value we collectively place on provenance and the passion for finding innovative ways to keep traditional crafts alive. 

Annually, through our community, we will also aim to support – through funding – the creation of a rolling Artisan Apprenticeship Programme. With funds raised from our Giving Back auctions, our apprenticeship support programme will perpetuate these legacy skills and the generational passage of knowledge for many years to come.

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