Industry Leading Policies
2022 saw Diageo introduce new guidelines and initiatives to help break down barriers for women, both in the workplace and with our suppliers, partners, and through our progressive portrayal work. In September we introduced our Pregnancy Loss Guidelines to provide employee support and raise awareness on the various types of pregnancy loss, with 2022 also seeing Diageo roll out the Balance+ app to all employees, giving them unparalleled access to medically approved content, helping them to optimise their wellbeing.
Increasing Female Representation
We continue to be recognised as a leading global business for females at board and executive level. As of June 2022, we have 44% of women in leadership roles, a 2% rise from the previous year, with women also making up 64% of our board. Our early careers programmes, including apprenticeships, returnships, and scholarships, are likewise attracting more women into entry level roles and creating a robust pipeline of talented women as future leaders.
The past 12 months marked another year where Diageo continued to champion change in society with bold partnership and initiatives across our global markets. At COP27, together with WaterAid and Coca Cola, we funded ‘Gender Guidance for WASH’, providing businesses and NGOs the support and knowledge to ensure women have equal access to, and agency over, the provisions of water sanitation and hygiene in their projects.
We also announced our 4th year as lead sponsor of the Creative Equals Returner scheme in the UK, India and the United States, as part of our ongoing commitment to creating an advertising and media environment where, from script to screen, everyone sees themselves represented.