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Inclusion and diversity

Celebrating our inclusive and diverse culture is core to Diageo’s purpose of “celebrating life every day everywhere”. This purpose is, in itself, inclusive in nature, as it values everybody irrespective of background, religion, sexuality or ethnicity.

2016 Photography Winners Big Picture Competition Simone Gignoux

We know that for our business to thrive and for Diageo to realise its ambition, we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate and to reflect our broad consumer base. We view diversity as one of the key enablers that helps our business to grow and our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.

Our efforts to champion diversity and inclusion across our business are supported by a range of dedicated employee networks including our Spirited Women network that spans UK, US, South Africa and Hungary, our Asian and African heritage groups and our Rainbow Network, which operates across markets globally.

“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

“We firmly believe embracing diversity, including gender, sexuality, ethnicity, experience, skills and capabilities, is not only the right thing to do, but makes good business sense.”

Mairead Nayager
Mairead Nayager

Chief Human Resources Officer

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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 proud of the progress we have made to date to achieve greater diversity at the most senior level, where women currently make up 40% of our Executive Committee. And our ambition continues with an intent to have our senior leadership team 35% female by 2020, with an increase to 40% by 2025.

Additional ways we are going above beyond industry standards and policies:

  • We are the leading FTSE 100 company for the representation of women on boards, as recognised by the Cranfield School of Management
  • We are signatories of the 30% Club, which aims to develop a diverse pool of talent for all businesses
  • We are a member of Open for Business, a global coalition of businesses committed to advocating for LGBT+ inclusion
  • We have pledged to ‘Free the Bid’ in a move to promote equal opportunities for women working in the advertising industry
  • We are signed up to the UN Global LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business
  • We are ranked fourth in the Thomson Reuters Global Diversity and Inclusion Index for 2018

We 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.