Celebrating International Women’s Day 2020: #EachforEqual

3 Mar 2020

As the world comes together this International Women’s Day, to champion #EachforEqual, we are celebrating our inclusive and diverse culture and building on our commitment to gender equality.

Meet our inspirational women

In our series of short films, each interviewee shares her inspirational career journey and powerful experiences of contributing to a culture of inclusion, as well as advice to people everywhere on being allies for change.

Belinda Brown, GAR Director, Europe & Africa

“Good allies are those people who don’t just have good intentions, but who are making positive impact and taking action"         

Hear Belinda’s story and watch her talk about the importance of role models and taking inspiration from those around you.


Cristina Diezhandino, Scotch Category Director and Managing Director, Reserve

"By sharing your achievements others can feel inspired - you could be an example or you could spark an idea. That I find very powerful”

Watch Cristina talk about diversity and how being open minded to explore all possibilities has shaped her career and family. 


Jane Karuku, Managing Director, Kenya Breweries

“Mentoring has defined who I am today. It’s given me the confidence to take the next steps in my career and in my life”

Take a look at Jane’s story: as a mother, a wife, a sister and a daughter but also as an organisational leader, a people grower and a mentor.


Meet Matt Der Sarkissian, Head of Commercial Finance, Diageo Australia

Following the launch of our new global family leave policy, we are excited to launch a further film, interviewing Matt Der Sarkissian, our Head of Commercial Finance at Diageo Australia, who shares his story of working flexibly to balance his responsibilities as a father with his career.

Matt Der Sarkissian

Our global family leave policy sets a global minimum standard for paternity leave, and in many markets fully equalises family leave so that everyone, regardless of gender, sexuality or birth circumstances, can take six months fully paid family leave.

Our International Women's Day celebrations

This year, we are proud to:  

  • Host events and panel discussions across our offices and sites worldwide that will examine how we can all individually act as allies for gender equality.
  • Celebrate the women that make up our business, by releasing a collection of candid video interviews which tell some of their stories.
  • Launch a new film following the launch of our new global family leave policy that interviews one of our employees sharing his story of working flexibly to balance his responsibilities as a father with his career.
  • Partner with Creative Equals, for the second year running, to support programmes in London, New York and Mumbai that will help 100 women to return to work in the creative industries following a career break.

“I am proud to see Diageo people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day and pledge to be ‘Each for Equal’. This pledge is about each and every one of us using our voice and our influence to create change, challenge stereotypes, fight bias, and broaden perceptions. Championing gender equality in the workplace is the right thing to do for our people, our business and society at large.”

Mairéad Nayager

Chief HR Officer

Inclusion & Diversity at Diageo

Diageo’s International Women’s Day celebrations build on the businesses globally recognised work to champion inclusion and diversity. Over the past twelve months, Diageo has been ranked as the top company globally for gender equality by Equileap, as the second most diverse and inclusive workplace by Refinitiv and recognised in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index. 44% of Diageo’s Board and around 40% of Diageo’s Executive Committee are women and the business is working towards targets for its global senior leadership team to be 40% female by 2025.

Diageo is also committed to supporting women throughout its value chains, from grain to glass. Through women’s empowerment programmes, Diageo has supported over 400,000 women through initiatives such as hospitality skills training and supporting female entrepreneurs.