Almost 30 companies from across the wine trade have shown their support for the launch of an industry-wide Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) initiative. The EDI scheme, which will prioritise safeguarding, has already seen the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, Wine and Spirit Education Trust and The Drinks Trust join forces to create a single board to begin industry-wide consultation.

The activity follows on from issues raised in a Women in Wine survey commissioned by Queena Wong and run by Proof Insights. The survey found 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 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 WineHatch Mansfield
Armit WinesIndigo Wine
Bancroft WinesThe Institute of Masters of Wine
Berry Bros & RuddJancisRobinson.com
Bibendum WineJusterini & Brooks
Bordeaux IndexLay & Wheeler
Corney & BarrowMentzendorff
Court of Master Sommeliers EuropeNorth South Wines
Davy’s Wine MerchantsPernod Ricard UK
Enotria&CoePlumpton College Wine
Farr VintnersPol Roger Portfolio
FellsTreasury Wine Estates
Gonzalez Byass UKUK Sommelier Academy
Hallgarten & Novum 

The next stage is to form an advisory council, made up of industry volunteers with a broad variety of experience and skills, including Wong. The council will meet in the summer for the first time.