At Muskoka Brewery, our set of values are the cornerstone our how we treat each other, represent our brewery, and are the forefront on how we make decisions and our strategic objectives. It is important for all team members to become familiar with our values of Resolve, Authentic, Thirsty, Unique, and Caring, and apply these values into our daily work lives and how we contribute to our three communities (our team, our consumers, our industry).
For Muskoka Brewery to be successful it will require every one of our team members to act in the best interests of the brewery, in both financial business perspectives but also acting with a high level of ethical behaviour that has the best interests and respect of others as well. We want our team to be comfortable within themselves while working at the brewery and a great and simple rule of thumb is to treat others as you would like to be treated. As well, treat the brewery as if you owned it. Let’s care for each other and the brewery.
Our most valuable asset is our team. The uniqueness of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, unique capabilities, and talent strengthens our brewery’s innovation, collaboration, and decision-making effectiveness. The investment into a diverse workforce represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and company’s achievement as well.
Muskoka Brewery’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Program is part of our commitment to providing a safe and dignified work environment for all Team Members, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, family status or any other aspect of their identity.
Muskoka Brewery’s diversity initiatives are applicable but not limited to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces:
All Muskoka Brewery Team Members, volunteers, contractors, and vendors are expected to comply with the Diversity and Inclusion Policy. This includes the Senior Leadership Team and Managers. An inclusive culture is only made possible by buy-in and cooperation from every Team Member, regardless of their role or position.
The Brewery: Muskoka Brewery is committed to foster, cultivate, and preserve a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Brewery and Senior Leadership Team will be responsible to educate and build awareness to ensure a safe, fair, and inclusive workplace. When the brewery becomes aware of an incident involving harassment, bullying or discriminatory behaviour, the Director of People or an independent third party will investigate the matter fully to ensure proper addressing of the allegations of inappropriate behaviour and ensuring fairness and equal treatment. During such investigation, the accused team member may be removed from the work environment and in extreme cases may be suspended on full pay. A zero tolerance will be applied to any found in violation of this policy.
Team Members: All Team Members are responsible for conducting themselves in a professional and inclusive manner. Should a Team Member become involved in an incident, including witnesses, will be asked to participate in an investigation should the need arise. Team Member’s behavior that violates this expectation will result in disciplinary process.
Diversity “We Belong” Committee: The Brewery and senior leadership team will commit to support of a volunteer-based team member committee who will develop grass root initiatives to increase diversity awareness and community contributions and to improve the diversity and inclusion objectives of our team and culture. The committee will also participate in an annual Diversity and Inclusion internal audit to assess the brewery’s progress and areas for improvement with a lens on systematic discrimination and culture awareness and inclusion.
People Department: As an active leader and administrator of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion program, the people department, specifically, the Director of People and Development will conduct all investigations and/or lead in the use of a third-party investigator when the need arises. The People department will conduct an annual audit to assess all applicable People programs and investigations have met the policy requirements and seek for improvements.
As Equity and Fairness extends beyond our brewery walls, this program scope will apply to any environment our team members may be exposed, and in representation, of the brewery such as the taproom, event spaces, and other customer/consumer facing interactions. If the brewery becomes aware of contractor, vendors, consumers, or customers, the brewery will be address this behaviour directly with the business or person involved. Contractors and Vendors will be held accountable for their and their staff’s actions. If such behaviour persists, the Brewery will remove the employee and/or end the relationship with the business or consumer involved.
Purpose: The purpose of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is to create and sustain an inclusive environment for our Team Members, customers, and beer community. By fostering an inclusive environment, we welcome diversity. It is our responsibility to encourage individuals or groups to be themselves without fear of prejudice. We can achieve this with continuous learning, discussion, external consultation, and ultimately, an implementation of principles instituted by this committee.
Committee Membership and Authority: The voluntary committee is composed of Team Members from Muskoka Brewery. A Team Member may become a committee member if they are able to commit to monthly online meetings, check-in regularly to Microsoft Teams for updates, and are interested in learning about Diversity and Inclusion. It is equal membership; there is no board or chairs. Decisions are made by discussion and consensus.
Responsibilities: Members are encouraged to: listen to each other, foster self-learning, be open to education, and actively work on being anti-oppressive. We as a committee, and as individuals, must be open to self-reviews as our industry evolves, and becomes more socially aware.
Meetings: The committee will hold monthly meetings virtually, through Microsoft Teams. The meeting date and time is decided by what is most convenient for the majority. Standard minutes are not required, but notes should be taken by one member to outline tasks and goals for the preceding month. Continuing conversation about current events via Microsoft Teams is encouraged, but not required.
We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with CCDI, the Canadian Centre of Diversity and Inclusion. This partnership is an important step to continue our DE&I learning journey and expand our resources for all team members. We will continue to use this resource and provide recommendations for key learning opportunities. You will have complete access to all the resources available and there is a ton!
How to Join CCDI: You will have already received an email from CCDI welcoming you to the partnership of learning, you will need to access this email link and use the password provided to you. You are welcome to change this password. You will be responsible to remember this passwordand your email address is the username. We will have the link to the CCDI website accessible through our Intranet. If you are having any issues logging in please reach out to Sam or Kelly for help with CCDI, or Liam for help with your email access.
A few resources to note: CCDI has compiled an educational resource guide you might be interested in reading. Topics include Inclusive Leadership during the pandemic, creating a safe space for anti racism dialogue, and more.
This year, the We Belong Committee will be recommending topics, seminars, courses and more each month to benefit your diversity learning journey. While these are not mandatory, we do recommend spending some time reviewing and joining us to discuss. If you are interested in joining the committee we would be happy to have you!