If you read our blogs frequently then you are no stranger to Teneral Cellars mission to make the world a more equitable place for all women. When we select an organization to work with, we consider the impact made from the work these organizations perform. Previous partnerships have included The Stonewall Inn Gives Back, The National Women's Law Center, World Central Kitchen, Billie Jean King's Leadership Initiative, The Endometriosis Foundation of America, Supermajority, and The National Network of Abortion Funds.
The work we do is a small part compared to the much bigger movement happening around the world. We’re taking a closer look at the formalized plan led by the United Nations Development Program, which works as an advisory committee to the UN and its Sustainable Development Group. The group's main goal is to eradicate poverty, to reduce inequalities and exclusion, and to help countries build resilience and continue progress.
This arm of the UN was first established in 1949 and works in over 170 countries to achieve the sustainable goals it has set out to achieve by 2030. Each year the UNDP releases its human development report, UNDP In Focus, which summarizes the work done in the year, success stories, and outlines how funds were used and where they came from.
There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals the UNDP is working on and we focus on 5 of them. The first is Goal Three: Good Health and Well-Being. For the UNDP this means working to eradicate disease, bring much needed technologies to countries to help with preventative health screenings, and to achieve universal health coverage. But, they report that there is a 31 year gap between the countries with the longest lives and the countries with the shortest lives. We also recognize the huge disparity in health care research and services when it comes to women of color, and women who live in marginalized communities. For our part, we recognize that information is power and it's why we have featured experts on our Chill with Jill talks and why we created the Women’s Health Pack last year.
Gender Equality, Goal Five, is another area where our mission is extremely aligned with the UNDP’s goals. We dove into this in more detail in our post about the differences between Equity and Equality and this is central to so many of the campaigns we have run with our partners for The Ruthless Collection, The Love is Love Collection, and our WHY Collection.
Goal Ten for the UNDP is to Reduce Inequalities. This goal looks specifically at income inequalities. This is something central to our work to reshape the wine industry to reflect its largest customer- women! The wine trade is notoriously male and it remains challenging for women and especially women of color to become educated and to secure many of its highest positions. Female winemakers make up only 10% of the industry, and black winemakers only 0.1%. Female sommeliers still make 70 cents on the dollar to their male counterparts, and yes, there are women working in tasting rooms, but when you look at the industry as a whole, there are very few women in leadership positions and even fewer women of color. Yet, almost 70% of wine is purchased by women and the industry doesn’t reflect its largest customer. Our Disrupt Now Collection was a direct offense at this income inequality and highlighted the fact that it would take 208 years to achieve income equality at our current rate according to the World Economic Forum study.
Then there is Climate Action, Goal Thirteen for the UNDP. For the UNDP this means finding ways to help affected communities adapt to the climate effects of higher greenhouse gas emissions, but also looks at ways to invest in low carbon development. For our part, we use sustainable farming practices to save water consumption and natural ways to fight pests and avoid harmful chemicals being used on our land and vines.
Finally we see alignment with Goal Sixteen: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. This goal calls for peace, stability, human rights, and effective governance to guarantee these. It works to stop the flow of illicit weapons, to stop violence, and to work with governments to reduce the lack of access to these rights from country to country. We worked with Supermajority last year to fund their work to get more women registered to vote. By doing so, we can band together and demand fair treatment from our government representatives.
If you would like to learn more about the UNDP and its seventeen Sustainable Goals you can visit https://www.undp.org/about-us.
Thank you for helping us work to make a better and more equitable world for all women!
Jill Osur, CEO and Founder