Diageo ranked fourth in the 2018 Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index

Diageo has been named amongst the top 25 most diverse and inclusive companies for a third consecutive year, in the 2018 Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index – ranking 4th out of the top 100 publicly traded companies in this globally recognised list.

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Diageo has been recognised as the fourth most diverse and inclusive workplace in the 2018 Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index published today. The ranking is a recognition of the strong progress we have made to champion diversity and inclusion within our business and beyond.

Launching in 2016, the Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index ranks the top 100 publicly traded companies globally with the most diverse and inclusive workplaces. Having ranked 11th in the 2016 inaugural list, Diageo successfully climbed to 5th position in 2017 and has now ranked 4th in this year’s list.

Mairead Nayager, Chief Human Resources Officer

Mairead Nayager, Chief Human Resources Officer

Commenting on the results, Mairead Nayager, Chief Human Resources Officer, said:

“I am very proud that Diageo is one of the most diverse and inclusive workplaces globally. Embracing diversity including gender, sexuality, ethnicity, experience, thinking styles and more has been proven time and time again to benefit commercial performance. As a global business with over 200 brands in 180 countries it’s critically important that our employee base reflects the world around us and that we create a working culture where everyone can thrive. We are proud of our achievements to date, and have stretching targets and ambitions to do more.”   

In July we were celebrated in the 2018 Cranfield School of Management Female FTSE Board Report for leading the FTSE 100 for the representation of women on boards. Additionally, 2018 has seen Diageo become a member of Open for Business, a global coalition of businesses committed to advocating for LGBT+ inclusion as well as pledging to ‘Free the Bid’ in a move to promote equal opportunities for women working in the advertising industry.

Elena Philipova, Global Head of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) at Thomson Reuters, Financial & Risk, said:

“Our Index, now in its third year, highlights the companies leading the way in imbedding diversity and inclusion into their company strategies. The industry is beginning to recognize the societal and business benefits of investing in diverse and inclusive initiatives, and we congratulate those companies that have made it into the Index this year. We are committed to providing industry-leading ESG data to help investors make smarter investment decisions.”

Methodology:

The Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index ranks the top 100 companies based on a set of 24 separate diversity and inclusion metrics. These metrics cover four key categories: Diversity; Inclusion; People Development and News Controversies. Using the data gathered, each company is assigned a score for each of the four key categories. These metrics are then weighted for importance in the market, and updated continuously, to assess how a company compares against its peers to develop the ranking.

You can view more details on the methodology and the full ranking here:

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