Diageo leads the FTSE 100 for representation of women on boards in the Cranfield School of Management Female FTSE Board Report

Diageo celebrates its commitment to championing gender diversity as its strong credentials on diverse leadership are recognised in the 2018 Female FTSE Board Report by Cranfield School of Management.


Diageo has been recognised for leading the FTSE 100 for the representation of women on boards in the Cranfield School of Management Female FTSE Board Report 2018 published this week.

In the report Diageo is named as having the highest percentage of women on its Board and of the FTSE 100 firms with female executive directors, Diageo also makes the top of the list with a total of six women in our executive team.

“At Diageo we firmly believe that diverse and inclusive businesses perform better, so I am very proud that we are once again at the top of the Cranfield Female FTSE Board Report. This year our Board achieved gender parity, our Executive Committee is made up of 40% women and we have ambitious goals to increase the number of female leaders across our business.”

Mairead Nayager
Mairead Nayager

Chief Human Resources Officer

Diageo has long been committed to advancing gender equality within the workplace and beyond, and we have a clear ambition to deliver more.

We have undertaken the following work in order to achieve this:

  • Our ambition is to have our senior leadership team 35% female by 2020, with an increase to 40% by 2025
  • All our graduate programmes and our mid-career development programmes ensure they have an equal intake of women and men to attract, retain and grow the best talent. For example, we are committed to ensuring that 50% of hires to our global graduate programme are women
  • Through our talent management programme we frequently move people around the world – from our Executive level through to our graduates – so that people bring multi-market and multi-cultural experiences back to their everyday roles.

In January 2018 Diageo was recognised by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for performance and disclosure around gender equality and Diageo was also ranked fifth in the Thomson Reuters Global Diversity and Inclusion Index. Additionally, our CEO Ivan Menezes has been recognised by Management Today as an Agent of Change, pushing for gender parity in the workplace.

This year the Cranfield Female FTSE Board Report, which is supported by the UK Government Equalities Office, celebrates its 20th anniversary. The report has analysed data provided by the UK’s top 350 companies and identifies the leading players in gender diversity in the FTSE 100, and highlight those companies that are lagging behind the rest.

You can view the Female FTSE Board Report 2018 in full here