Douglas Murray, IBD Interim Chief Executive Officer, reflects in this blog on the importance of the IBD Sections and how they will be reinforced by the creation of online communities to better serve all our members and especially those based far away from where the current sections operate.
Celebrating the Vital Role and Achievements of All Women in the Drinks Industry
International Women's Day 2022 in the brewing and distilling sector. Working together towards a brighter future.
Every 8th March since the 1900s we celebrate International Women’s Day to commemorate the vital and transformative role that women play in the world. This is a day of celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally.
This year, the theme of International Women’s day is ‘Break the Bias’, and plays close to the heart of our industry. Over the years, the participation of women has steadily increased to break barriers in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
Last summer we facilitated the webinar, “Supporting women for success”, in which an exceptional panel of women in the industry shared their experiences. The panel also debated on key topics, including the relevance of the creation of well-balanced teams and encouragement of line managers to look beyond gender towards equality of opportunity, with a focus on skills development, performance and results.
The recording of this webinar is open to all.
The glass ceiling is far from being broken in our industry.
Nonetheless, we have opened the door to a passionate new generation of women and men, with opportunities for growth and development in academic and professional spheres.
It is a true honour to serve as the President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling for many reasons, of which, having the opportunity to be a champion for women in our industry is particularly close to my heart.
Like every 8th March, we are celebrating not just International Women’s Day, but also our ability to work together towards a brighter future.
Considering that there are now more than 4000 candidates annually taking our qualifications in over 90 countries, we have decided to holistically review the sequencing of the IBD Examination Calendar and optimise it for candidates and their businesses.
The IBD has been given permission to petition for chartership. If finally we are accredited, this chartership will help us support lifelong career development in our industry and make the IBD the global home for brewers, distillers and allied professionals for them to be recognised and respected across the board.