Statement from the IBA (26/05/21)
To the Australian beer industry,
In response to recent news articles, the IBA Board and the Team would like everyone to know that we are well aware of the issues raised around sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the US, and more recently in Australia.
The IBA takes these issues very seriously and we pledge to you that we will do everything in our power to be part of the solution.
The IBA, as an organisation, has a zero tolerance policy to any behaviour that is derogatory, discriminatory, sexist, racist or in any way fosters an unsafe working environment. We aim to create a safe and inclusive culture based on these objectives and encourage equality and fairness as core values for all businesses operating in the beer community and supply chain.
The IBA aims to lead by example through creating an organisational culture of safety and inclusion and we support our members to foster modern and diverse workplace cultures by providing resources, education and training to ensure the health and wellbeing of all employees and volunteers the brewing sector.
As a result of these most serious allegations, the IBA Board, Team and People Project Group are working on our own policy statements as well as developing new practical resources to more proactively support our industry in this regard.
In the interim, please know the IBA is here to support you and we encourage all our brewery and trade members to be examples of leadership by actively and publicly implementing policies that ensure that the Australian brewing industry is a safe, inclusive and diverse environment for everyone.