Australian Drinks Awards welcomes Aon as a sponsor Posted by: Alana House August 10, 2018 The Drinks Association is thrilled to welcome Aon as the sponsor of its inaugural Gender Equity Award at the 2018 Australian Drinks Awards. The Gender Equity Award celebrates excellence in gender equity initiatives and programs in the workplace. Experts on the judging panel for the award include Chair of Women in Drinks Jennifer Collins and Serendis Senior Consultant Bianca Havas. Collins noted: "I’m passionate about the drinks industry and its ability to attract, develop and retain talent – all talent. Our businesses need to reflect the demographic landscapes in which we operate. The business case is clear and well established." Aon Channel & Market Development head Simon Wolnizer added: "At Aon we believe in taking action today for a brighter future and, as a leading HR consultancy, we are passionate about people. What better way to bring these together than recognising the actions already taken by members of The Drinks Association. "Of the new annual awards, the Gender Equity Award resonated strongly with us, not only because we already partner with The Drinks Association to generate insights around gender pay equity, but also in our latest initiative, financial wellbeing for Women in Drinks. More broadly Aon proudly supports Australian Women’s rugby 7s team, partners with the Women on Boards leadership program and produces insightful women and superannnuation thought leadership." Aon has been a long-standing partner of The Drinks Association in producing an industry-wide salary benchmarking guide, and more recently by providing financial wellbeing seminars for women in drinks, along with individual engagements with members such as CCA (employee engagement) and Brown Forman (superannuation). Wolnizer said he was looking forward to celebrating with the drinks industry and the winners at the Australian Drinks Awards ceremony on September 13, at The Ivy in Sydney. "We are always excited to come and celebrate the achievements of the Drinks industry each year, however, this year in particular represents the start of new award categories that we are particularly passionate about," he said. "We can’t wait to find out who the winners are and learn from their industry leading ways."