Diageo North America recognized for prioritizing sustainability in its supply chain strategy

Diageo North America recognized for prioritizing sustainability in its supply chain strategy

17 Dec 2021
Diageo Lebanon

The Supply & Demand Chain Executive publication, which covers the entire global supply chain, named Diageo North America to its 2021 Green Supply Chain Award.

The Green Supply Chain Award recognizes companies that prioritize sustainability to be a core part of its supply chain strategy and its efforts to minimize environmental impact across its operations. The distinction also recognizes providers of supply chain solutions and services supporting their customers in achieving measurable sustainability goals.

Commitment to sustainability

Diageo is a business that has long been committed to sustainability, delivering strong performance across its environmental targets to 2020 – this includes a 50% absolute reduction of the carbon emissions associated with its operations since 2008. Through its ‘Society 2030: Spirit of Progress’ action plan, Diageo is now working to reach net-zero carbon across its direct operations by 2030, harnessing 100% renewable energy, and using 30% less water in every drink it makes, among other actions.

In North America, Diageo opened its first carbon neutral distillery in the U.S. in Lebanon, Kentucky and announced plans to transition its Valleyfield site in Quebec, Canada to become carbon neutral by 2025.

The transparency and efforts on the company’s global sustainability commitments have placed Diageo among leading companies in the following lists:

  • Diageo has been included in CDP’s A list for both climate change and water security over the last six years. In 2021 the company was also recognized as a CDP supplier engagement leader.
  • Diageo was recognized in the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index 2020 for fourth consecutive year. 
  • Diageo ranked in Gartner Inc.’s 2021 “Supply Chain Top 25”.

“It’s an honor to receive this award for our approach to ensuring sustainable supply chains and reducing our environmental impact, despite facing one of the most challenging years. We are proud and passionate about helping to protect the future of the planet across all our operations and this is reflected in Diageo’s ambitious ten-year sustainability action plan, ‘Society 2030.’”

Pietro Di Pilato

Technical & Governance, Senior Vice President, Diageo North America

“There are several industry experts and market research reports detailing Diageo North America that regardless of the pandemic, shortages, natural disasters and other supply chain disruptions, sustainability still remains a top priority in the supply chain. Whether it’s a new solution, a new program or just simply a new way of doing business, these winners showcased heightened attention to social responsibility and environmental governance. Regardless of the challenges the supply chain industry faces, a sustainable supply chain continues to win in the end.”

Marina Mayer

Editor-in-Chief of Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Food Logistics