Diageo named No 1 UK company for female leadership representation in 2020 Hampton-Alexander Review

24 Feb 2021
Women sharing a toast

Diageo has been ranked as the number one business in the UK for female representation by this year’s Hampton-Alexander Review, with 60% women on its Board and 37.4% women in leadership (Executive team and direct reports), all surpassing the target set by the Hampton-Alexander Review.

  • 1st Place FTSE 100 Overall Female Representation
  • 1st Place FTSE 100 Board Representation
  • 1st Place Beverage Industry
  • One of only two FTSE 100 companies ever to have majority female Board representation.

“Since 2016, the Hampton-Alexander Review has acted as an important catalyst for change. It has encouraged us all to reflect on what an inclusive culture means, to commit to tangible measurements of change and to be willing to be judged on our progress. I believe that placing a greater focus on diversity builds a more sustainable and long-term business for the future.”

Ivan Menezes

Chief Executive Officer

The Hampton-Alexander Review is an independent, business-led framework supported by the UK Government which has set recommendations for FTSE 350 companies to improve the representation of women on their boards and in leadership positions. The Review, initially published in 2016, set a minimum 33% target for women on FTSE 350 Boards and in the two layers of leadership below the board, the Executive Committee and the Direct Reports to the Executive Committee by the end of 2020.  This is the fifth and final report of the Hampton-Alexander Review.

“Now, more than ever before, all companies and leaders have a critical role to play in how they build their workforce, to truly reflect and support a more equal society. I am proud to lead a Board that has a majority of women members and of Diageo ranking first for female leadership representation among all companies in the FTSE100.”

Javier Ferran
Javier Ferrán


This year’s first place ranking is evidence of the progress Diageo has already made to champion inclusion and diversity both within the business and beyond, but we remain ambitious and committed, evidenced in the recent launch of Diageo’s 2030 Spirit of Progress goals , with goals to reach 50% female representation and 45% ethnic representation in senior leadership roles by 2030.

“We are driven by a core belief in the power of diversity. We are very proud of our position in the Review but remain ambitious and will continue to shape leading policies and practices, to improve representation at every level.”

Mairéad Nayager

Chief HR Officer

Diageo has also recently been recognised as a leading company globally for gender equality by the 2020 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index.  Diageo rolled out an ambitious global parental leave policy which offers female employees in all markets a minimum of 26 weeks of fully paid maternity leave. Diageo has also set a global minimum standard of four weeks paternity leave on full rate of pay in all markets, with a significant number of Diageo’s businesses moving to 26 weeks fully paid paternity leave.