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Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

This policy was worked through and put into place by myself, COO Tatum Stewart and members of our Board of Directors.

Craft Beer Cellar is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion across its’ entire network and at every Craft Beer Cellar location.

Our human capital is our most valuable asset. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our work culture, but our company’s reputation.

We embrace, encourage and celebrate our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique, who they are and who we are, together.

Craft Beer Cellar’s diversity initiatives are applicable, but not limited to our practices and policies on:

  • recruitment, evaluation and hiring
  • wages, benefits and other methods of compensation
  • professional development, training, and education
  • promotions and/or transfers
  • social programs
  • layoffs and/or terminations

The ongoing development of our work environments are built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces: a) respectful communication and cooperation between all employees, b) teamwork and employee participation, allowing for the representation of all employees and perspectives, and c) employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve, in order to promote a greater understanding and respect for diversity.

Employees and employers of all Craft Beer Cellar stores have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions, on or off your work location, and at all other company-sponsored and/or participation events. All employees and employers are expected to complete and certify in our annual diversity awareness training to enhance their knowledge and be able to fulfill the responsibilities outlined above.

Any employee or employer found to have exhibited any inappropriate conduct or behavior against others may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of either employment or a store’s right to operate as a Craft Beer Cellar.

Employees who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with the company’s diversity policy and initiatives should seek assistance from a supervisor, manager, or owner at your location. If you have notified a supervisor, manager, or owner at your location and do not feel that actions or remedies are being addressed, please notify Craft Beer Cellar, immediately.

Additionally, all employees, employers and/or store owners are expect to implement and follow Craft Beer Cellar’s Diversity & Inclusion Policy in relation to and in interacting with the customers that shop in our stores or frequent our tap rooms, as well as suppliers, brewery representative, delivery personnel and other business-to-business individuals that may frequent our locations.

Suzanne Schalow

Co-Founder and CEO of Craft Beer Cellar. Suzanne is an academic at heart and spends much of her time working on beer education, events and marketing. Passionate about the beer industry, telling better beer stories and finding that one beer that changes everything. In the meantime, you can rest assured she's fallen off in a Chalice of Chimay Premiere or Liter of Benediktiner Hell.

The beer she can't stop thinking about: 2016 Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bier

Diversity & Inclusion: A Request

In light of recent developments regarding the discrimination lawsuit involving Founders Brewing Company, Craft Beer Cellar will be asking all store owners to consider no longer purchasing their products until we have a better understanding of how they are addressing the challenges outlined in the lawsuit, as well as how they are working on their internal policies, procedures, and employee relations.

Currently, Craft Beer Cellar does not implement purchasing mandates; therefore, we are not requiring any store to remove Founders’ products from your shelf sets or taps, but rather, asking you to consider selling through what you have, and not reordering at this time. Our decision is not personal, yet cuts to the core of who we are as individuals and as minority members of society and business, with a strong interest in offering the best environments to our employees and customers, as well as growing together as an industry.

As ardent supporters of craft beer and this industry, it deeply saddens us that we feel we need to take this step. However, we feel that this is necessary in order to continue working on elements of our own brand, including integrity, diversity, and inclusion. Craft Beer Cellar prides itself on supporting diversity and inclusion, as is evident by our individual store owners, staff, store environments, and customers, alike.

We are reminded of how important culture, diversity, and inclusion are, both in the work place, but also in life. These past two weeks especially, have reminded us of how seemingly careless people can be with the feelings and emotions of others, including behaving in a racist manner.  Every brick and mortar retail business owner has the opportunity and responsibility to have positive interactions with their employees and customers on a daily basis.

In addition to asking all Craft Beer Cellar locations to consider no longer purchasing Founders’ products, we’ve developed a Diversity & Inclusion Policy, effective immediately, for all stores. The policy is intended to reach every employee, manager and store owner and be used to help guide us, internally, at our Bottle Shops & Tap Rooms. It’s also intended to be implemented toward the people that spend their money in our stores: our customers. These people are a core part of our communities and are invested in Craft Beer Cellar – we recognize this and want to ensure that our philosophies and policies have a positive effect, from the inside, out.

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