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Wine industry supports the start of new industry Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) initiative with safeguarding as priority following the Women in Wine Survey results

Wine industry supports the start of new industry Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) initiative with safeguarding as priority following the Women in Wine Survey results

Leading wine trade bodies, merchants and importers/distributors have stepped forwards to show their support for the launch of the UK drinks industry’s ground-breaking EDI initiative with safeguarding as the first priority. Three major trade organisations – The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and The Drinks Trust – have joined forces by creating a single Programme Board to begin industry-wide consultation.

This EDI initiative follows on from issues raised in the Women in Wine Survey 2023 which revealed that 44% of respondents had considered leaving the industry as a result of issues they had faced personally. 78% of those taking part in the survey felt that sexism, gender bias and harassment were serious issues. The survey was commissioned by Curious Vines and PROOF Insight.

The following organisations so far have indicated to Curious Vines that they support the launch of the initiative’s objective to create an inclusive and equitable UK drinks industry where everyone feels welcome, safe and supported.

Alliance Wine
Hatch Mansfield
Armit Wines
Indigo Wine
Bancroft Wines
The Institute of Masters of Wine
Berry Bros. & Rudd
JancisRobinson.com
Bibendum Wine
Justerini & Brooks
Bordeaux Index
Lay & Wheeler
Corney & Barrow
Mentzendorff
Court of Master Sommeliers Europe
North South Wines
Davy’s Wine Merchants
Pernod Ricard UK
Enotria&Coe
Plumpton College Wine
Farr Vintners
Pol Roger Portfolio
Fells
Treasury Wine Estates
Gonzalez Byass UK
UK Sommelier Academy
Hallgarten & Novum

This is the start of real action with growing awareness of this very positive drinks industry initiative to address EDI for all intersectionalities. The next stage is to form an Advisory Council, made up of industry volunteers with a broad variety of experience and skills, including Queena Wong. The Council will meet in the summer for the first time.

For more information on the drinks industry EDI initiative please email nicky.forrest@thisisphipps.com or for more about Curious Vines please email queena@curiousvines.co.uk.

The Drinks Trust currently provides support to those in need of in-the-moment counselling, which can be accessed by calling 0800 9154610 or by WhatsApp by messaging +353 873690010.

About Curious Vines
Curious Vines led by Queena Wong is a supportive community of women in the UK wine industry that cultivates connectivity. Its objective to improve wine industry gender diversity has a two-prong approach: firstly, by raising visibility of existing women in the industry for role modelling and next generation inspiration and secondly, providing education and development for career advancement. https://curiousvines.co.uk/
@queenadwong

UK Women in Wine Report by Curious Vines and Proof Insight – Headline Survey Results
Of respondents:

  • 92% feel that wine culture is still male-dominated
  • 78% feel that sexism, gender bias and harassment were serious issues
  • 76% feel women are underrepresented in leadership roles
  • 54% of women feel that they are discriminated against in terms of pay and conditions
  • 44% of respondents said they had considered leaving the trade as a result

Press release provided by Queena Wong (Founder, Curious Vines)
Dated 12 June 2024