Diageo PLC - champion of gender equality

Diageo is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across the spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Windsor, Buchanan's and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness. Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 180 countries around the world and employing over 26,000 people. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE).

Diversity is firmly on the agenda at Diageo with a commitment from the Executive Committee to have at least 30% of senior leadership level roles globally held by women.  Active programmes are in place to encourage and support the participation and development of women at all levels, drive female leadership development and increase the awareness of risks associated with unconscious bias.

Diversity is critical to grow our business. At Diageo we know we cannot succeed without the skills, talents, and capabilities of our people. Simply put, our people are the main ingredient for our success

- Ivan Menezes,
Chief Operating Officer

The opportunity to request flexible working is available to all Diageo employees and many benefit from the different options available in helping them achieve a work/life balance that is right for them, from home working to compressed hours.

Diageo also supports a number of employee groups including the Spirited Women network which operates in the UK, Ireland and North America. This network focuses on many areas of particular interest to women in the workplace such as flexible working, returning from maternity leave and mentoring.

At senior levels Diageo completes bi-annual talent reviews to ensure that women feature in all senior succession plans and are appropriately supported in moving through the business into the most senior positions.

Globally, Diageo recently launched the ‘Plan W’ campaign in Asia which aims to empower women in 17 Asian countries in which we operate. In North America Diageo was listed as one of Working Mother magazine’s top 100 companies in 2012, in recognition of flexible working, remote working, paid maternity leave and employee assistance programmes.

Further information

Diageo Careers website

Sustainability and Responsibility Report 2012