Industry Leading policies
Our global parental leave policy, giving all new mothers 26 weeks’ fully paid maternity and new fathers a minimum standard of four weeks’ paternity continues to be enjoyed. From July 2019 to June 2021, our people took more than 180,000 days of parental leave with the average number of days taken by men being 99.
In March 2021, we launched our Menopause Guidelines which offer enhanced support and flexibility to employees going through the menopause and helps all employees to improve understanding of how the menopause can impact colleagues. The Guidelines have now launched in 20 countries including our total North America and Latin America & Caribbean businesses as well as the UK, Ireland, Turkey, Australia, and Indonesia with additional markets to follow this financial year. Our Spirited Women Network Employee Resource Group was instrumental in developing and launching these Guidelines.
Improving the talent pipeline
At Diageo, we are always seeking the best talent for a role, whether male or female; but we believe that more action is needed to attract entry level women into the drinks industry and STEM roles. We are working hard to achieve this through apprenticeships, returnships and scholarships and our annual graduate intake recruits 50% women.
Partnerships and targets
By partnering with key organisations such as CARE International, we support women in smallholder farming, improve safety and inclusivity in the hospitality industry and provide skills training to female entrepreneurs. In March 2021, we announced we would continue to extend our partnership for a further five years to help tackle barriers to gender equality where we live, work, source and sell.
We have also set goals to increase the percentage of Diageo suppliers from female and minority-owned businesses year-on-year and have committed to spending 10% with diverse owned and operated suppliers by 2025.