Celebrating International Women’s Day 2016: Promoting gender diversity throughout our value chain

Actively creating a diverse, inclusive, collaborative culture is core to our purpose of celebrating life, every day, everywhere.


Woman examining Smirnoff bottle

We are proud that Diageo is the FTSE 100 Company with the highest number of women at the most senior levels. 45% of our Board Directors and 40% of our Executive team are women. A more balanced leadership team means broader conversations and better decision making – we want our leadership teams to be 35% female by 2020.

We are proud of our commitment to develop the skills of all of our employees and our work to eliminate unconscious bias in Diageo. Each general manager of our 21 markets has a clear plan in place to help them build a culture of equal opportunity in their business, and our graduate programmes and mid-career development programmes have an equal intake of women and men to attract, retain and grow the best talent.

Today, on International Women’s Day, we are holding a workshop to understand how we can encourage more women to work in our Supply business – in engineering, technology or scientific roles. You can hear from some of the female scientists who work in our innovation labs at Diageo creating the drinks of the future by watching the video below..

Plan W

But we want to effect change throughout our whole value chain. Our programmes empower women across the world, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and improve their job prospects.

Diageo’s Plan W initiative aims to reach women of all socio-economic backgrounds and has empowered over 164,000 women to date; while our Learning for Life programme trains adults in key areas related to our industry with 100,000 women and men completing the programme since 2007. Initiatives such as these actively strengthen families and benefit communities in real terms.

Water of Life

It is not only skills focused programmes that make a difference. Our Water of Life programmes aim to manage the impact of our operations in water-stressed areas, including bringing access to clean water to communities across Africa.

As a direct result of our Water of Life programme in Ghana, school attendance for girls increased by 92%, with a 33% reduction in time women spent collecting water – freeing them to pursue opportunities in work or education. By working to meet our stretching targets throughout our value chain – from farmer to partner to customer to consumer – we know that we can build a truly diverse and inclusive business.

This means we will attract the world’s best talent, capitalise on the best opportunities for growth and actively help to build the society in which we will operate, shaping the occasions in which our brands are enjoyed.