Our People

We want our people to reach their full potential, so we aim to create a welcoming culture and a safe working environment.

At the core of our business strategy is our commitment to helping employees ‘be the best they can be’. From the moment they join Diageo, we want employees to feel engaged: passionate about our strategy, connected to our values, and motivated to achieve their potential. We support our employees through clear policies, competitive reward programmes, coaching and development opportunities, and health and wellbeing initiatives.

We will measure and report on our progress in increasing the safety, diversity and engagement of our people through our 2020 Sustainability and Responsibility targets.

A safe culture in which human rights are respected

Creating the conditions for our people to succeed starts with the right to be respected - which includes an expectation of safety in the workplace. Our philosophy of ‘Zero Harm’ aims to reduce the total number of accidents in our business year-on-year as we work toward eliminating accidents altogether.

Everyone has the right to expect their basic human identity and dignity to be fully respected in the workplace. We have outlined our approach in our policies and guidelines, including our Human Rights Policy, and we will continue to demonstrate our commitment through our actions.

We are a signatory to the UN Global Compact and the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles. Moreover, as part of our 2020 Sustainability and Responsibility targets, we are committed to acting in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. As such, we work to ensure that we do not infringe human rights ourselves, and that we are not complicit with others in any abuse of human rights. We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment, bullying or abuse; we comply with wage and hour laws; we respect our employees' decisions to join or not join a trade union; and we do not use forced or compulsory labour. We will not work with anyone who does not adopt these same principles.

Further, as a business that operates in countries with varied cultures and consumers all around the world, we see diversity among our employees as a key competitive advantage. Having a diverse workforce provides a rewarding environment for our people within which to work as well as increasing our scope, speed, and effectiveness in seizing growth and other business opportunities. We continually aspire to increase the diversity of our people, at all levels.


All employees and other stakeholders have access to SpeakUp, a confidential service for raising concerns about business conduct and compliance and ethics matters. You can read more about SpeakUp in our Governance and ethics section.

In this section:

  • Safety, health, and wellbeing
    We all have the right to work in a safe, healthy environment.
  • Diversity
    A diverse workforce is essential to our success as a multi-national, multi-cultural business.
  • Investing in our people
    We want our people to feel excited and engaged about working with us. We are committed to investing in our people’s success, for their benefit and for that of our business.
Kenya: assessing human rights throughout our value chain

12 August 2016

As part of our commitment to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), we need to make sure that we can identify and assess potential human rights impacts throughout our business, and address them within our markets.READ MORE...