The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) promotes, protects and represents the interests of the whisky industry in Scotland and around the world.
The principal functions of the SWA are:
•To protect the integrity of Scotch Whisky worldwide
•To promote responsible attitudes to alcohol consumption
•To secure fair and equal access to international markets
•To tackle tax discrimination and secure appropriate regulation of the industry
•To promote Scotch Whisky as a quality product made from natural raw materials
•To represent the industry's interests at governmental level both at home and abroad
SWA membership is for companies which are distillers, bottlers, brand owners or brokers of Scotch Whisky.
The SWA can trace its origins back to October 1912. The original organisation, the Wine & Spirit Brand Association, changed its name to the Whisky Association in 1917 which in turn became the SWA in 1940.