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Diageo pledges support for the UN Global LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business

Diageo announces its support for the UN Global LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business, reaffirming its commitment to championing greater LGBTI inclusivity within the workplace and beyond. The UN Standards provide a guidance code to support companies in their efforts to combat LGBTI discrimination.

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Diageo has pledged support for the UN Global LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business. Established by the United Nations Human Rights Office, the Standards of Conduct support companies in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people.

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At Diageo we know that for our business to thrive 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 that our employees must reflect our broad consumer base – and that of course includes LGBT+ people. Our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.

In April Diageo became the latest member of Open for Business, a global coalition of businesses committed to advocating for LGBT+ inclusion and championing the benefits of a more diverse and inclusive society. The coalition, which launched in 2015, aims to make and promote a positive business and economic case for LGBT+ rights globally.

“At Diageo we are committed to supporting LGBTI people - from our active Rainbow Network, our work with Smirnoff promoting inclusion, to our membership of organisations like Open for Business. Supporting diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do for our people and the communities in which we operate. I am proud to support the UN’s LGBTI standards.”

Ivan Menezes
Ivan Menezes

Diageo Chief Executive and Chairman of Movement to Work

About the UN Global LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business

The United Nations Human Rights Office has developed five Standards of Conduct to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people. Companies are encouraged to endorse, use, and refer to these Standards and promote their use by others.

The Standards, produced in collaboration with the Institute for Human Rights and Business, build on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and reflect the input of hundreds of companies across diverse sectors.

The UN Global LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business stems from the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which in 2011 were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council, which affirms that every business has a responsibility to respect human rights, and address any adverse human rights impacts of their operations.

Find out more about the UN Global LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business here.