Drinkclusion is a three-tiered initiative from LCBO, Drinks Ontario, and Vinequity. The programme offers a scholarship for underrepresented applicants to beverage alcohol schools, a career builder complete with mentorship, and member resources for Drinks Ontario Members to improve their DE&I offerings.
Jackson-Triggs is partnering with a number of local musical artists to combine wine with BIPOC empowerment. The Local Artist Series promotes a half dozen local Canadian artists from underrepresented backgrounds. The goal is to introduce the music of these talented creators to Jackson-Triggs’s wine consumers.
Women of the Vine and Spirits’s DE&I Committee works on the organisation’s primary DE&I initiatives. These include but are not limited to an industry-wide study in collaboration with Deloitte and a certification scheme for women-owned wineries.
Sonoma County has partnered with local organisations and employees to produce materials in Spanish. These materials include health and safety guidelines, sustainable practices, and other important documents. In Sonoma County, bilingual access is essential to an inclusive workforce.
E& J Gallo employees have access to seven Employee Resource Groups: LA CASA, GAAN, WOWS, enABLE, ASIA, LGBTQ+, and GVO. These groups operate both as affinity groups for employees to network with peers who face similar obstacles and vehicles for underrepresented groups of employees to have their voices heard.
In 2021, Winegrowers Canada released a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion framework that, as it reaches wine producers nationwide, will help promote DE&I throughout the industry. In addition to guidelines for companies, the framework establishes a permanent DE&I advisory committee.
Part of a larger Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion push, Constellation’s Supplier Diversity Program offers a pipeline for small businesses certified by any number of ten organisations that certify diverse and underrepresented businesses to become part of their global supply chain.
Every year, Molson Coors hosts a month of inclusivity training, initiatives, keynote speakers, and frank conversations in October. Molson Coors has dealt with serious racism issues in the past and is still working to improve, but the organisation is heading in the right direction and putting a significant amount of energy into promoting DE&I company-wide.
LCBO’s Spirit of Inclusion Initiative is a programme designed to create opportunities for diverse women to enter, advance and thrive in the beverage alcohol industry. Through the programme, LCBO and its partners provide bursaries and scholarships, facilitate mentorship relationships, and identify paid co-op placements for diverse women who are looking to begin or advance their careers in the winery, brewery, and distillery fields.