The IBA Adopts Code of Conduct


In response to issues highlighted both in Australia and overseas in recent times, especially around sexual assault and gender-based discrimination, the Independent Brewers Association has committed to a new Code of Conduct as it commits to being part of the solution.

"After consultation, drafting and feedback, the People Project team are happy to see the adoption of a Code of Conduct for IBA Members. The Code is a key step towards a more sustainable future and a benchmark for ethical behaviour within the independent brewing industry," said Richard Adamson, IBA Board Director and People Project Group Lead.

The Code sets out obligations for member businesses and employees, the IBA team and any volunteers working with the IBA. It contains four key areas that cover compliance with the law, respect for individuals and groups, responsibilities at venues and events and responsible alcohol marketing. It also includes a pledge which states:

  1. We will behave in a professional manner and will uphold the reputation of the independent brewing industry and the other organisations with which we interact.
  2. We will seek to comply with applicable federal, state and local laws and in all cases will not wilfully violate the law.
  3. We will respect the human dignity of all individuals and groups we interact with, regardless of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, disability, size or appearance, religion, or nationality.
  4. We will promote goodwill and cooperation within the industry.
  5. We will respect the confidentiality of sensitive information about IBA members, such as information shared at the annual members meeting.
  6. We will act at all times in accordance with ethical standards and in the best interest of the independent brewing industry.

“We have a responsibility to the community to demonstrate leadership in this space and by adopting this Code we are making a clear statement of the standards we expect to see.” Said IBA Chairman, Peter Philip.

In addition to the Code, the IBA will be developing a toolkit of resources for our members to ensure that they have all the right policies and procedures in place to be able to adhere to the Code. See below for the full IBA Code of Conduct.

The full Code can be found here. 

Code of Conduct