Beam Suntory supports Black History Month initiative

Beam Suntory supports Black History Month initiative

 February 27, 2022

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Beam Suntory has marked Black History Month, honoring the significant contributions and legacies of Black people across the country’s history and society, while also supporting dedicated initiatives such as Fill in the Gaps.

Support an initiative for Black History Month

The Blend, Beam Suntory's innovative and inspiring bartender engagement program, was the underwriter for Fill the Gaps, a dedicated initiative for Black History Month spotlighting the history, hardships and accomplishments of the African American community.

Organized by Focus on Health, Fill in the Gaps offers virtual programming geared towards the bartending and hospitality communities with content spanning panel discussions, donation-based classes, a weekly book club, and a writing workshop and open forum session on body image.

Focus on Health was co-founded by Lauren Paylor, a celebrated African American bartender, social justice advocate and former health care professional. “There is a great opportunity to fill in the dots, connect the lines, and provide an accurate description of our history," comments Lauren.

"There is little value in knowing our history if it is incomplete and narrated in an inauthentic way. Your voice has value, just like currency, and collectively telling our stories will play a vital role in changing the narrative," she says. 

Beam Suntory stands with Black employees, customers and communities

Beam Suntory Black History Month

Beam Suntory condemns racial injustice and racism in all forms, and the company stands with its Black employees, partners, customers, communities and all who are frustrated that progress isn’t coming fast enough.

As many of us reflect on how we can be part of long-term solutions to the long-standing problem of racism in our society and to achieve social justice for all, Beam Suntory believes that the company is made stronger and better by the diversity of its people, the strength of its convictions, and its respect for one another.

Beam Suntory is deepening engagement with its Global Diversity & Inclusion Teams and Employee Impact Groups to help fuel an inclusive culture and affect positive change.

Together, guided by its values, Beam Suntory is determining how to best help advance social justice for Black communities as it continues to do business the right way, the Beam Suntory way.

As a tangible next step, Beam Suntory is committed to financially supporting the important work of leading social justice organizations.

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