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Judging commences for 2019 Australian Drinks Awards

Judging commences for 2019 Australian Drinks Awards



Judging has commenced for the Contribution to Industry category at the 2019 Australian Drinks Awards.

The Drinks Association was proud to introduce three new Contribution to Industry accolades to the Awards last year: the Gender Equity Award, Inclusive & Diverse Workplace Award and the Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

“The awards were created to reflect the positive steps being made by drinks companies to ensure their businesses are at the forefront of D&I, environmental and social responsibility,” Drinks Association CEO Georgia Lennon said.

"We've received an impressive number of submissions for the category in its second year and the high calibre of entries will make choosing the winners a daunting task. Entries will be evaluated over the coming three weeks by our expert panel."

The Corporate Social Responsibility Award recognises the unique and out of the box initiatives and strategies, that demonstrate a commitment to corporate social responsibility principles.

Pernod Ricard Winemakers took out the inaugural Corporate Responsibility Award at the 2018 Australian Drinks Awards for its Responsib’All Day initiative, which was created to find ways to get all employees, from directors to line workers, personally engaged in day-to-day corporate sustainability efforts, integrate sustainability into everyone’s job.

The Gender Equity Award was introduced to celebrate excellence in gender equity initiatives and programs in the workplace.

Diageo won the inaugural Gender Equity trophy for its intiatives around making inclusion key to its business, including having a 50% gender split in its leadership and executive teams, closing the gender pay gap and making work-life balance a priority for all employees.  

The Inclusive & Diverse Workplace Award was created to recognise businesses that prioritise diversity and understand the value of an inclusive workplace for individuals and their organisations.

Lion won the inaugural Inclusive & Diverse Workplace award for its LionFlex flexible work options initiative.

"It's been another outstanding year of progress and achievement by our industry," Lennon said. "We look forward to receiving entries from drinks companies that reflect the amazing work they are doing to drive change."

Thank you to our Award Partners

The Drinks Association is thrilled to welcome Coles Liquor as a returning sponsor of the Inclusive & Diverse Workplace Award at the 2019 Australian Drinks Awards.

The Inclusive & Diverse Workplace Award celebrates organisations that prioritise diversity and recognise the value of an inclusive workplace for individuals and their organisations.

Coles Liquor Acting Executive Officer Cathi Scarce (above) presented the inaugural Inclusive & Diverse Workplace trophy at the 2018 Australian Drinks Awards to Lion for its LionFlex flexible work options initiative.

"We are very excited to be sponsoring the Diversity and Inclusion award again," Scarce said. "The quality of the entries last year showed how much great work there is being done cross the drinks industry and this award really brings those stories to life."

Additionally, Coles Liquor will sponsor the 2019 Gender Equity Award, which celebrates excellence in gender equity initiatives and programs in the workplace.

Endeavour Drinks Group also returns as the sponsor of the Corporate Social Responsibility Award. As EDG noted last year: “Customers expectations are changing and to be relevant as a brand and a retailer we have to do the right thing, we’re all big businesses and with that comes big responsibilities.”

The Australian Drinks Awards are an initiative by The Drinks Association to celebrate excellence in the drinks industry. The 2019 awards will be held on August 22.



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