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Lion, TWE recognised in Australian Drinks Awards

Lion, TWE recognised in Australian Drinks Awards
Lion, TWE recognised in Australian Drinks Awards (Source: Lion, TWE recognised in Australian Drinks Awards )

The Australian Drinks Awards has revealed the winners of the Contribution to Industry awards held at the Drinks Association’s International Women’s Day lunch in Sydney.

As the country’s first large-scale carbon neutral brewer, Lion received the award for Corporate Social Responsibility, Australian Vintage Limited (AVL) received the Most Improved Gender Equity award, while Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) received the award for most Inclusive and Diverse Workplace. 

The award ceremony was due to have been held last year but were delayed due to the pandemic. 

“It has been a transformational time, and our judging panels certainly had their work cut out for them given the exciting and inspiring initiatives that our member organisations have implemented,” said Georgia Lennon, CEO of the Drinks Association.

Judges also awarded Campari in the Corporate Social Responsibility category for its “Shaken not Broken” campaign, established to support bartenders and venues on the onset of Covid-19.

Lennon said it was not usual practice, but there were several submissions, with some traditionally focused and others solely on the pandemic.

“We need to think about the social impact we have,” said Endeavour CMO Joanne Rose, who presented the Corporate Social Responsibility award. “We really need to think about the imprint we leave on the communities we serve.”

Accepting the award, Lion’s company secretary and general counsel, Libby Davidson, said: “This is a real shot in the arm for the team.”

The Most Improved Gender Equity Award was presented to AVL by Embrace Difference Council Member Kerry Appathurai, customer solutions at Lion, while the Inclusive and Diverse award was presented to TWE by Mia Lloyd, head of trade at Coles.

Keynote speaker Catherine McGregor, who shared her life story, said that she had no roadmap for her life, just like everyone had no roadmap to live through the pandemic.

“Our suffering. What we have been through has not been without value,” McGregor added.

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