Association Makes Anti-Racist Commitment in New Code of Conduct
Updates to governance documents can take a greater stand against racism
The Brewers Association (BA), which represents small and independent brewery owners, addressed criticism that its response to racist incidents within its membership was insufficient by instituting its first-ever code of conduct.
“The code of conduct codifies our commitment and responsibility as an industry to comply with state and federal regulations and to eliminate discrimination, harassment and bias of all types,” said BA president and CEO Bob Pease in a message to members. “We take our leadership role seriously and recognize that we must be actively anti-racist.”
Under the code’s respect for individuals and groups section, BA specifies that members must “treat all individuals and groups respectfully, recognizing their human dignity, regardless of their diverse human characteristics: race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental disability, size or appearance, genetic predisposition, religion, ancestry, national origin or veteran status.”
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