Diageo is one of the 230 companies included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), which distinguishes companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality.
The drinks giant noted: "This year’s overall score demonstrates our continued strong performance on representation of women within our business, our policies to promote gender equality among our employees as well as our wider initiatives to ensure women are empowered throughout our supply chain and beyond."
This year’s Index saw Diageo score highly on a number of areas including promoting gender equality within its business, particularly around flexible working, family care and health care; and promoting gender equality in the communities where it operates through women's empowerment programs.
Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg said: “We applaud Diageo and the other 229 firms tracked by the index for their action to measure gender equality through the Bloomberg GEI framework. Diageo’s GEI inclusion is a strong indicator to its employees, investors and industry peers alike that it is leading by example to advance ongoing efforts for a truly inclusive workplace.”
Mairead Nayagar, Diageo Chief Human Resources Officer, added: “We firmly believe that inclusive and diverse businesses perform better. To date we’ve made strong strides to promote gender balance within our business where currently 40% of our Executive Committee are women and we have targets for our global senior leadership team to be 40% female by 2025.
“We also strive to empower women throughout our value chain and in 2018 alone, our community programmes reached over 164,000 women.
“I am therefore delighted that Diageo has been included in this year’s Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. This is welcome recognition and we have a clear ambition to achieve more.”