Women of the Vine & Spirits in Collaboration with Deloitte Invites Participation in the 2023 Women Raising the Bar Study, a Beverage Alcohol Industry-Specific DEI Study

Survey is now open to those employed across the supply chain; suppliers, wholesalers, retailers

November 2, 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 2023 Women Raising the Bar Study, in collaboration with Deloitte is now open for survey respondents. Women of the Vine & Spirits and Deloitte invite employees that work within the wine, beer, and spirits supply chain to take the survey with a goal of identifying leading practices and areas for impact.

In 2022, WOTVS collaborated with Deloitte to create and launch first industry-specific Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Baseline Report. Tapping into WOTVS Corporate Members, this initial study established a standardized framework from which to measure organization performance against DEI benchmarks going forward. The fundamental goal was to support organizations in their evaluation of leading practices and to help them drive accountability for building more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces.

Key findings from the 2022 study:

  • Only 10% of female survey respondents think there has been a significant positive change toward women in the last five years across the beverage alcohol industry.
  • Less than 20% of surveyed women think their company’s efforts on DEI have been very successful in creating a better workplace.
  • Attractive pay, company culture, and work/life balance are the most critical career objectives for surveyed women.

“Deloitte has significant experience researching DEI challenges and providing recommendations for how companies can advance equity, including gender issues,” said Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits. “Inviting all employees within the supply chain to participate is expected to provide a more comprehensive data set resulting in a more substantiative study.”  

Survey responses are confidential and anonymous, with survey submissions going directly to Deloitte’s research teams. The survey closes on Friday, November 18, 2022. To participate, visit womenofthevine.com/women-raising-the-bar-study.

“We are thrilled to be working with Women of the Vine & Spirits to do this research to try to deepen our understanding, so we are in a better position to help create more equitable opportunities and outcomes for women, and people of all identities who have been historically marginalized. This is core to our DEI mission at Deloitte,” said Kimberly Betts, Global Consumer Industry Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader at Deloitte LLP.

The 2023 Women Raising the Bar Study is supported by The Brewers Association, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), Sonoma County Vintners, The United States Bartender’s Guild (USBG), The United States Bartender’s Guild National Charity Foundation, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), Wine Growers Canada and Women in Wine: Oregon. 

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, click here.

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 (BD&I), 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 DEI, 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 415,000 people worldwide connect for impact at www.deloitte.com.

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