Diageo celebrates International Women’s Day around the world

Diageo celebrates International Women’s Day around the world

3 Apr 2023

March was a truly inspiring month at Diageo, as the company hosted a variety of global engagements dedicated to International Women’s Day.

This year, Diageo followed the theme #EmbraceEquity, with the ambition of sparking curiosity and conversations about what changes we can all make to incorporate equity into everyday life.

Kicking off with our global launch panel, our individual markets hosted panels, happy hours, and various other engagements, giving all employees the opportunity to join the discussion. From a series of equity-focused panels across LAC, to world-famous chef Monica Galetti sharing personal experiences at our Global HQ in London, this year’s IWD celebrations shone a light on some of the inspiring women across society.

As usual, IWD at Diageo could not have been down without Spirited Women, our incredible Employee Resource Group that works throughout the year to provide women with a platform to thrive and an environment to flourish. The network, which has 14 groups worldwide, shared information and drove awareness of equity throughout the month, and like all our ERGs was instrumental in creating a sense of belonging throughout the month.

IWD Launch Panel

Diageo’s IWD celebrations kicked off with a virtual launch panel, with all employees invited to join a 45-minute discussion on the topic #EmbraceEquity. Hosted by our Chief HR Officer, Louise Prashad, the panel saw Diageo’s Chief Executive Ivan Menezes, Non-Executive Director Karen Blackett, and the co-founder of the Diageo-backed incubator Pronghorn, Dia Simms, share personal experiences of how equity has presented itself to them.

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I’ve been amazed by how vibrant Diageo’s IWD celebrations have been this year. Watching the variety of events from across the globe makes me so proud to work for Diageo, I genuinely believe that as a company we are stepping up for progress, people, and society. Here's to all the amazing women helping to make a difference, and to inspire others around them.

Melissa Neal

Business Area Administrator, Scotland