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Skills and Inclusion

Skills and Inclusion
The Scotch Whisky industry is committed to building the skills and careers of our people, and working to achieve a more diverse and inclusive global workforce.

From production to marketing, the Scotch Whisky industry employs more than 11,000 people  directlyAcross our supply chain, Scotch supports more than 42,000 UK jobs, and contributes more than £5.5bn every year to the economy. Scotch Whisky’s provenance, craft and heritage have made it renowned on the world stage, loved in 180 global markets. 

As an industry that’s over 500 years old, our success is built on a drive to:  

  • Boost the skills of our workforce and the next generation of colleagues 
  • Proactively strive for equality across our global teams
  • Ensure that the many opportunities to thrive in our amazing industry are available to all 

Diversity & Inclusivity Charter

National Inclusion Week 2020 marks the launch of the Scotch Whisky Industry’s Diversity and Inclusivity Charter, aimed at improving representation and opportunities across the industry at all levels. The Charter is a milestone in our ongoing work to attract a wide range of people to work for the industry in Scotland and around the world, at all levels and at all stages in their careers. 

Companies who sign the charter commit to a set of actions to address workforce diversity and inclusivity in their organisation  

Download a copy of the Scotch Whisky Diversity and Inclusivity Charter here

Through the Charter, we are underscoring our commitment to attract a wide range of people to work for the industry in Scotland and around the world at all levels and at all stages in their careers. Our goal is to ensure that our workforce is as diverse as our whiskies and the people who enjoy them.

- Karen Betts, Chief Executive of the SWA


Voices from the Scotch Whisky industry

As part of the launch of the Scotch Whisky Diversity and Inclusivity Charter, we gathered thoughts and clips from colleagues across the industry on the importance of having a diverse and inclusive workforce that welcomes people from all backgrounds.

Skills and Inclusion news & commentary

16 October 2020

Embracing diversity and inclusion in Scotch Whisky

The Scotch Whisky industry's recent launch of a Diversity & Inclusivity Charter is a chance to build on the ongoing conversations across the sector about how we welcome colleagues from all backgrounds, says SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts.

28 September 2020

Scotch Whisky Industry Commits to Diversity and Inclusivity in Charter Launch

The Scotch Whisky industry has launched a Diversity and Inclusivity Charter to help create a diverse and welcoming workforce for people from all backgrounds.