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Women in the beverage alcohol industry

Raising the bar for diversity, equity, and inclusion

How can companies build more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces for women in the alcohol industry? Our new study explores the biggest challenges facing the industry today and strategies to help alcohol companies make positive progress toward their DEI goals.

Driving progress in the alcohol industry

Promoting gender diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace is a business imperative. As such, Deloitte, in collaboration with Women of the Vine & Spirits, has conducted a research study to offer companies in the beverage alcohol industry an opportunity to engage in a holistic conversation around DEI. The primary goal of this research effort is to help identify both leading practices and areas for improvement. Until now, companies have relied on very limited data since most studies have either included the beverage alcohol sector as part of a broader food and beverage/hospitality industry categorization or have focused solely on larger companies.

This study creates an industry-specific baseline, which previously did not exist, that establishes a standardized framework to measure performance against DEI going forward. We reached out to industry leaders representing different sectors of the beverage alcohol supply chain to gather their input on both the challenges they face and successful strategies they are implementing to make positive progress toward DEI goals. The insights gathered from the interview process have been fused together with the results of two quantitative surveys fielded in parallel to create an integrated body of research to further a discussion around building more gender diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces in the beverage alcohol industry.

I do believe there are blind spots, and if we are to be the best for our employees and our constituencies, we need to unpack all of this and truly act on it.

– Industry executive

The results of our study suggest that the alcohol industry has made some progress against DEI objectives over recent years, but there is still significant room for improvement. Only 10 percent of female survey respondents think there has been a significant positive change toward women in the last five years across the beverage alcohol industry. To help raise the bar, we’ve identified a few steps for industry leaders to consider. Download our full study to learn more.

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