Skip to Content
Author: The BCW

Leave a Comment

Report Dives into Inclusion and Belonging in the US Alcoholic Beverage Industry

This week, BCW Member HEINEKEN USA announced the release of “Fostering Belonging & Inclusion in the Alcoholic Beverage Industry,” the second report within its ongoing Behind the Label program. Expanding on last year’s gender diversity findings, the report draws on alcoholic beverage employees’ perspectives on bias and inclusion in the industry, and how organizations can address both to improve belonging across the workforce.

In looking at employees’ experiences, the research showed that a majority (86%) say they have experienced some type of personal bias during their time in the industry. These employees recognize that efforts are being made to address these issues and 70% say they are confident in their company’s ability to improve inclusion and diversity.

While they point to a variety of things that their organizations are doing, those surveyed indicate that focusing on authenticity, representation and transparency in their day-to-day interactions will have the most impact on their sense of belonging.

Connection and representation play an important role in the factors employees feel most inspired by and which influence how they behave. More than four in five (82%) employees belonging to underrepresented groups feel they must mirror their colleagues to “fit into” the industry. Those pressures can be lessened, though, by the programs that organizations offer.

“Our industry is built on bringing people together – celebrating what makes each of us unique while enjoying the similarities that make us feel connected. This was part of the inspiration behind the second chapter of Behind the Label. We wanted to understand what people in the industry needed in order to feel like they belong and how we can best address those needs,” said Maggie Timoney, CEO of HEINEKEN USA.

While employees report being inspired by the connections they make with their managers and colleagues, they are also very focused on understanding the factors which influence their achievements in the workplace. Their responses show a strong desire for greater transparency from organizations. More than half (54%) believe there is a lack of pay equality in the workplace. What’s more – leaders share these same worries. Senior executives (68%) were more likely to share concerns about a lack of pay equality than those at the mid-level or lower.

For a copy of the report, click here.

Similar News Items

By John Ravitz, Executive Vice President & COO, Business Council of Westchester The following guest article appeared in the May 12th issue of Mid-Hudson News Climate change is real, and New York should continue to invest in energy efficiency, renewable electric power, and other greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies. These actions can have direct benefits […]

Read Article

The Business Council of Westchester and News12 co-hosted a debate on Monday for one of the nation’s highest-profile congressional races. Rep. Jamaal Bowman and County Executive George Latimer appealed for voters’ support in the race for New York’s hotly contested 16th Congressional District. The one-hour debate in White Plains addressed many issues, including the Middle […]

Read Article

The Business Council of Westchester’s Westchester Innovation Network is helping Richmond Community Services find employees by matching it with an artificial intelligence-powered platform that streamlines foreign worker visa applications. The BCW WIN matched Richmond Community Services with the software platform Immigr8 to speed up the hiring process through the federal H-1B visa program for specialty […]

Read Article

Become A Member

Join the county’s largest and most influential business organization today.

JOIN NOW!
The Business Council of Westchester is committed to helping businesses market, learn, advocate, and grow. Over 80 events and programs are offered every year, giving our members ample opportunity to connect and meet with businesses representatives in the Westchester community and beyond.
Back to top