DECANTsf's 2022 DEI/WinePledge Review
In 2022, DECANTsf continued to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority in the wine industry and beyond.
Our goal in 2022 was to prioritize working with winemakers and food producers from diverse backgrounds, particularly women-, queer- and BIPOC-owned brands and companies...
DECANTs is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the wine industry and beyond.
In 2022, we prioritized working with women- and BIPOC-owned brands and companies to expand our network and support underrepresented groups in the industry. DECANTsf also sponsored non-profit organizations such as Community Forward SF, SF Queer Film Festival, SF Girls Chorus, and TENT, which focus on promoting justice, equity, and positive change for marginalized communities. We publicly supported political campaigns, including those of Honey Mahogany for District 6 Supervisor and the Stop the Recall campaign for Chesa Boudin, the District Attorney of San Francisco, who has worked to reform the criminal justice system and promote restorative justice practices.
A big goal in 2022 was to collaborate with more local, women- and minority-owned small businesses. We reached this goal by hosting a Small Business Saturday Holiday Market, creating a diverse culinary pop-up calendar, and collaborating with wine organizations that share our commitment to promoting inclusivity and diversity in the industry.
We implemented fair hiring practices and pay structures and has actively recruited individuals from diverse backgrounds to promote representation within our staff.
Additionally, we are committed to ongoing education and self-reflection to better understand how to continue improving our workplace culture and practices. Overall, DECANTsf's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion reflects our co-founders' values of supporting local communities and promoting diversity and equity.
For more details about specific goals we reached in 2022, please read below!
In 2022, DECANTsf continued to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority in the wine industry and beyond. Our goal in 2022 was to prioritize working with winemakers and food producers from diverse backgrounds, particularly women-, queer- and BIPOC-owned brands and companies.
We recognized that small businesses are the backbone of our community and that our support can make a significant impact on their success. To support small businesses, we held a Small Business Saturday Holiday Market, where we gave free space to upcoming artists and independent brands in beauty, fashion, and food. We collaborated with brands such as Noir Cosmetics, Bonjerk Asian-spiced Jerky, Tiny Fish Co., and Flourish Intimates, giving them a platform to showcase their products and connect with our community.
We also focused on creating a diverse culinary pop-up calendar, with a focus on women chefs. We collaborated with Dabao Singapore and Amass Botanicals, Tiny Fish Co., Naidu Wines & Chef Siddhi Balaji, and Telescope Coffee, creating unique and memorable dining experiences for our customers. These collaborations allowed us to showcase the talents of women chefs, who have historically been underrepresented in the culinary industry. Our commitment to centering collaboration with small businesses reflects our values of supporting local communities and promoting diversity and equity.w
DECANTsf also continued to support non-profit organizations that focus on promoting positive change for young girls in the arts and the LGBTQIA+ community. We backed groups like Community Forward SF, the SF Queer Film Festival, and the SF Girls Chorus. We also collaborated with other businesses like Ground Floor & Manny’s for a Drag Disco party and fundraiser benefiting TENT, the Transgender Education Network of Texas.
DECANTsf recognizes that systemic change requires political action, and we are proud to use our platform to support candidates and policies that align with our values. In 2022, DECANTsf became more politically involved and publicly supported candidates who are leaders in criminal justice reform, anti-hate/anti-racist action, and trans-activism. For instance, we supported Honey Mahogany for District 6 Supervisor, who is a champion for LGBTQIA+ rights and affordable housing. We also backed the Stop the Recall campaign for Chesa Boudin, the District Attorney of San Francisco, who has been working to reform the criminal justice system and promote restorative justice practices.
We also acknowledge that structural inequity can have a life-long impact on individuals and communities, which is why we are committed to supporting organizations that work toward creating a more just and equitable society. As a company, DECANTsf is a proud supporter of Meals on Wheels San Francisco, which provides nutritious meals and other vital services to elderly neighbors who may not otherwise have access to them. Our founder, Cara, serves on the steering committee of the annual fundraising gala and brings together wine industry professionals to volunteer their time and raise funds for this important cause. Through our collective efforts, we have raised over $3 million to support Meals on Wheels SF in 2022 to help address food insecurity in our community. We will continue to seek out opportunities to bring a new generation of wine professionals into this kind of activism.
DECANTsf has also established partnerships with wine organizations that share our dedication to promoting inclusivity and diversity. DECANTsf founders Cara and Simi serve as mentors in The Bâtonnage Mentorship Program, which aims to empower individuals who have traditionally been overlooked or silenced in the industry to achieve equal opportunities, representation, and leadership positions at all levels. In addition to these partnerships, we've also been featured as speakers and partners with The Hue Society, The Lift Collective, and WineFare. These organizations are dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the wine industry, and we're proud to be working alongside them to create a more equitable and welcoming industry for all. Our collaborations with Somebody's Sister, a natural wine bar pop-up welcoming to the queer community, and Lipstick Lesbians, a trans-inclusive professional networking group for lesbians, are examples of our dedication to creating a more welcoming environment for marginalized groups.
DECANTsf has also implemented fair hiring practices and pay structures to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities and compensation based on their qualifications and experience. We have actively sought out and recruited individuals from diverse backgrounds to promote inclusivity and representation within their staff. We have implemented mandatory sexual harassment training, too, as our staff has grown. We recognize that this industry has a history of harassment and discrimination and that we must actively work together to dismantle these structures and create a more equitable future.
Lastly, DECANTsf is committed to ongoing education and self-reflection to better understand how we can continue to improve their workplace culture and practices. We are proud to be part of a movement that is driving meaningful change in their industry, and DECANTsf will continue to work tirelessly to promote equity, inclusivity, and diversity in all aspects of their work.