Three major trade organisations joined forces yesterday to begin consultation work on coordinating an industry-wide Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) programme. The Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association and The Drinks Trust met at Vintners’ Hall along with around 70 people from across the trade.

The aim of the EDI programme is to create an inclusive and equitable UK drinks industry where everyone feels welcome, safe and supported. The activity follows on from issues raised in a survey commissioned by Queena Wong and run by Proof Insights.

Laura Willoughby, trustee, The Drinks Trust, who chaired the meeting said: “The ultimate aim is to develop and implement an industry-wide, industry-owned programme to deliver equity, diversity and culture change at every level.  The energy and ideas from the meeting participants show that there is a huge appetite and need for this initiative.  As an industry we can’t afford to sit back and do nothing.”

As part of the session, WSTA CEO Miles Beale made an appeal for members of the trade to apply to join an advisory committee, which will help to guide the work of the programme board.  He said: “If you have experience in the field of EDI – or know individuals that do – and want to get involved, please contact us.  We need your advice, support and help to change the culture of the drinks industry and make it into a place where we can all feel welcome, safe and supported all of the time.”  

To register your interest in getting involved with the advisory committee please contact miles@wsta.com or nicky.forrest@thisisphipps.com.   

The next opportunity to discuss or get involved in the programme will be at the London Wine Fair session on Tuesday May 21, 2024 from 11.30-12.30.