The Independent Brewers Association (IBA) has committed to a new Code of Conduct, which it says is in response to issues around sexual assault and gender-based discrimination, both in Australia and overseas.

The Code sets out obligations for member businesses and employees, the IBA team and any volunteers working with the IBA.

Richard Adamson, IBA Board Director and People Project Group Lead, said: “After consultation, drafting and feedback, the People Project team are happy to see the adoption of a Code of Conduct for IBA Members.

“The Code is a key step towards a more sustainable future and a benchmark for ethical behaviour within the independent brewing industry.”

The Code includes a pledge which states:

  • We will behave in a professional manner and will uphold the reputation of the independent brewing industry and the other organisations with which we interact.
  • We will seek to comply with applicable federal, state and local laws and in all cases will not wilfully violate the law.
  • We will respect the human dignity of all individuals and groups we interact with, regardless of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, disability, size or appearance, religion, or nationality.
  • We will promote goodwill and cooperation within the industry.
  • We will respect the confidentiality of sensitive information about IBA members, such as information shared at the annual members meeting.
  • We will act at all times in accordance with ethical standards and in the best interest of the independent brewing industry.

In addition the Code contains four key areas that cover compliance with the law, respect for individuals and groups, responsibilities at venues and events and responsible alcohol marketing.

“We have a responsibility to the community to demonstrate leadership in this space and by adopting this Code we are making a clear statement of the standards we expect to see,” said IBA Chairman, Peter Philip.

The IBA said it will also be developing a toolkit of resources for its members to ensure they have the policies and procedures in place to be able to adhere to the Code.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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