Diageo Australia recognised for championing gender equality

Diageo Australia has received for the first time an official citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) for 2019.


Diageo Australia is one of only 140 Australian businesses to be recognised by the Australian Government statutory agency tasked with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces. The WGEA EOCGE citation is given only to those businesses demonstrating best in class commitment, leadership and policies to truly gender equal workplaces.

Commenting on the award, Diageo Australia Managing Director, David Smith, said: 

"I’m so proud of this citation and the recognition it brings of our sustained focus on gender diversity. We’ve worked hard to implement programs and policies to support greater gender equality and embed a culture of inclusiveness.

"Creating a work environment with a diverse mix of people, where everyone feels totally comfortable to be their authentic selves not only makes Diageo a great place to work that attracts the very best talent, it inspires everyone to give their best and enjoy it. This in turn drives brilliant performance, it’s a win-win.”

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.

WGEA Director, Libby Lyons, said: 

“Embracing workplace gender equality means different things for different organisations. Every employer committed to gender equality embarks upon their own unique journey towards achieving the equal participation by women and men in their workplace. The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation provides a rigorous and sophisticated roadmap to guide employers along the path.

“We’ve awarded a record 140 EOCGE citations this year. All of our 2018-19 EOCGE citation holders are at different stages of their gender equality journey. What unites them is their determination and commitment to achieving gender equality. I congratulate all of these organisations for being agents of change, leading the way forward for other Australian employers to follow.”

Diageo Australia was assessed along the following WGEA criteria. 

  • leadership
  • learning and development
  • gender remuneration gaps
  • flexible working policies
  • employee consultation
  • preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination
  • targets for improving gender equality outcomes

About WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

The WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces. The EOCGE citation commenced in 2014, replacing the predecessor citation, the EOWA Employer of Choice for Women. The citation is strategically aligned with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act), reflecting the change in focus of the legislation to promote and improve gender equality for both women and men, while recognising the historically disadvantaged position of women in the workplace. 

Find out more here.