Diageo Plc – 2011 50 Out Front #42


London, UK
23,521 employees

Founded 1997
CEO: Paul Walsh
CDE: Danielle Robinson

Increasing the diversity of its workforce and creating an inclusive environment are critical priorities for Diageo. Its employment policies set out firm commitments to fairness and equality both at the recruitment stage and throughout employees’ career progression. While encouraging local employees to train for and take on leadership positions, it also encourages them to take up opportunities in different markets. The percentage of non-UK employees among those on overseas secondments rose from 59% in 2009 to 66.9% last year. The proportion of women holding senior management positions is currently at 26%, with a target of 30% in 2011. Diageo has supported the growth of employee networks for women and minority groups. Its Rainbow Network, which advances awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, operates in North America and the UK. Two Spirited Women networks, in the US and UK, aim to challenge the culture and drive alignment between women’s career issues and Diageo’s success.