Thriving Through Diversity
Feature 05 MAR 2018
Claudia Schubert, General Manager, Continental Europe & Russia
This week, I am delighted to join Diageo’s global celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD). The theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress which aims to keep women and men engaged around the global momentum striving for gender parity. Day by day around the world, progress is being made and I am proud of the progress we are making right here at Diageo.
Diageo has the highest number of women at the most senior levels of any FTSE 100 company, and when Ursula Burns joins the Diageo Board of Directors in April, women will comprise 50% of our Board. Add to that the fact that 40% of our executive leadership team are women and you get a sense of the real progress that we have made over time.
For me, this is cause for celebration. We are fostering an inclusive and diverse culture which is core to our purpose of “celebrating life every day everywhere”. We gain power and strength from having a balanced workforce. We know that for business to thrive we must embrace diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities everywhere that we operate.
For IWD 2018, we wanted to bring this to life in a visual way by celebrating some of the great women working in Diageo Europe. This celebration of our rich diversity was conceptualised by Beta Bajgartova, a freelance photographer based in Dublin. The end result is an amazing kaleidoscope of photographs and personal stories of more than 50 women from England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Russia, Greece, Germany, and our European Partner Markets and Middle-East businesses.
We are hosting physical exhibitions of the photos in many of our Diageo office locations this week in addition to the online exhibitions on Diageo.com and internal social channels. We are also delighted that Beta’s work will be displayed in the ‘What’s She Doing Here? Exhibition at the Little Museum in Dublin from April to June 2018.