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Women of the Vine & Spirits Announces Women Raising the Bar: A Beverage Alcohol Industry-Specific DE&I Study in Collaboration with Deloitte

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Findings help to identify both leading practices and areas for improvement in gender Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) in the beverage alcohol industry. 

March 7, 2022 (New York, NY) – Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS), the all-encompassing global membership organization, dedicated to boldly pushing the wine, beer and spirits industry toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive era has announced the first industry-specific DE&I Baseline Report: Women Raising the Bar, in collaboration with Deloitte. The study offers companies in the beverage alcohol industry the opportunity to engage in holistic conversations around DE&I, identifying both leading practices and areas for improvement.  

This study provides an industry-specific report to establish a standardized framework from which to measure company performance against DE&I benchmarks going forward. This standardized framework can allow companies to evaluate leading practices and hold themselves accountable for building more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces.   

Through Executive Interviews, individual surveys and company-wide questionnaires, Deloitte performed an analysis and identified areas where the beverage alcohol industry is seeing positive change as well as areas to drive improvement. Including: 

  • Employee perceptions of organizational diversity 
  • Company efforts to promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion  
  • Issues preventing people from considering a career in Beverage Alcohol 
  • The current state of DE&I in Beverage Alcohol 

“We know that it will be over 100 years until we achieve gender equity in the workplace. Until now, companies have relied on very limited data since most studies have included the beverage alcohol sector as part of a broader food and beverage industry categorization,” said Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits. “This baseline report on DE&I in Beverage Alcohol will help inform leaders, allies, and the next generation on how to effectively fasten the pace towards equity, creating more inclusive workplaces and increasing your company’s bottom line.”  

Deloitte has significant experience creating DE&I reports, recognizing how critical diversity, equity and inclusion is to business performance. Challenges often lie in translating a nod of the head to the value of diversity, equity and inclusion into impactful actions. 

Women of the Vine & Spirits will be announcing more information about this industry specific study during their Annual Conference, WOTVS Global CONNECT! on March 8th, 2022. Open to WOTVS Corporate Members, panelists will include representatives from Deloitte as well as industry leaders who participated in the study’s Executive Interviews. Learn More.  

Women of the Vine & Spirits Corporate Members include Founding Member: Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; Diamond Members: Breakthru Beverage Group; Bronco Wine Company; Brown-Forman; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd.; Moët Hennessy USA; Republic National Distributing Company; Shaw-Ross International Importers, Skrewball Whiskey, and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Platinum Members: Beam Suntory; Constellation Brands; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, Pernod Ricard USA; and William Grant & Sons. For a full list of Corporate Members, including those at the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Associate level, visit the Corporate Members tab at womenofthevine.com  

About Women of the Vine & Spirits  

Women of the Vine & Spirits is an all-encompassing global organization, dedicated to boldly pushing the wine, beer and spirits industry toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive era that supports business development and innovation, empowering all to thrive. Our members connect through our global network and collaborate across all industry sectors. We provide our members with benefits that include education, training, mentorship, and networking as well as tools, services and resources toward DE&I, and personal and business development. For more information, please visit womenofthevine.com

About Deloitte 

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people come together for the greater good and work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today’s marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthier society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Building on more than 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories. Learn how Deloitte’s more than 345,000 people worldwide connect for impact at www.deloitte.com.  

Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee (“DTTL”), its network of member firms, and their related entities. DTTL and each of its member firms are legally separate and independent entities. DTTL (also referred to as “Deloitte Global”) does not provide services to clients. In the United States, Deloitte refers to one or more of the US member firms of DTTL, their related entities that operate using the “Deloitte” name in the United States and their respective affiliates. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting. Please see www.deloitte.com/about to learn more about our global network of member firms. 

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