Skills and Inclusion
From production to marketing, the Scotch Whisky industry employs more than 11,000 people directly. Across 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.
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
Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2022
We look at people from across the Scotch Whisky industry starting on their career path during Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2022
Scotch Whisky Industry Builds on Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity with Creation of New Focus Group
The Scotch Whisky industry has launched a focus group to help achieve sector-wide diversity and inclusion goals.
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.
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.