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Diversity and inclusion

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive, collaborative culture that benefits both our people and our business.

2016 Photography Winners Big Picture Competition Simone Gignoux

We benefit in many ways from having a diverse workforce. Not only does it give us access to the widest possible talent pool, it also means we can tap into multiple perspectives that help us better understand our customers. It also drives innovation; a variety of personalities, experiences and perspectives making Diageo a more creative, vibrant and exciting place to work.

We celebrate diversity everywhere and support a variety of employee groups throughout the world. These range from our growing women's networks such as Spirited Women in the UK, US, South Africa and Hungary to our Asian and African heritage groups and LGBT networks. We believe everyone has a vital contribution to make to our story and we want all our people to feel part of it.

“Diversity is a critical business imperative to grow our business. At Diageo we know we cannot succeed without the skills, talents and capabilities of our people. Simply put, our people are the main ingredient for our success.”

Ivan Menezes
Ivan Menezes

Chief Executive

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Beyond industry standards

Diversity and inclusion is enshrined in our Global Human Rights Policy (PDF 592KB). Every employee and person we work with is entitled to human rights without discrimination.

In all aspects of employment, we treat employees justly according to their abilities to meet the requirements of the role. We will not discriminate based on factors such as race, religion, colour, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression or marital status.

However, our commitment goes beyond industry standards and policies. We are one of the few FTSE 100 companies to have made diversity and inclusion a business priority while all our markets have built-in diversity and inclusion plans within their talent and organisation strategies. These plans are supported by robust governance, with direct oversight and responsibility from the HR Director and Managing Director in each market.

Narrowing the gender gap

We are proud to be the FTSE 100 company with the highest number of women at the most senior levels. 40% of our Board Directors and 40% of our executive leadership are women.

Other ways we are working to narrow the gender gap include:

  • Our target is to have 35% women in our leadership levels (top 4 leadership tiers) by 2020.
  • We were the first alcohol beverage company to sign the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles in March 2013.
  • We are committed to a target of 50% of our graduate intake to be women.