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Diageo listed in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

Diageo listed in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

 January 18, 2019

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Diageo’s commitment to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality has been recognised through inclusion in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI).

As one of just 230 companies to be included in the Index, Diageo’s overall score demonstrates its continued strong performance on representation of women within its business, its policies to promote gender equality among employees as well as its wider initiatives to ensure women are empowered throughout the supply chain and beyond.

Mairead Nayagar, Chief Human Resources Officer, was delighted with the news. She said: “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," she continued. “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.”

This year’s Index saw Diageo score highly on a number of areas in each of the four categories assessed.

Promoting gender equality within the business

For a second year Diageo received recognition for the diversity of leadership within its Executive Committee and Board. The business also scored highly for a number of policies it has in place to foster a diverse and inclusive culture, particularly around flexible working, family care and health care.

Promoting gender equality in the communities where it operates

This year Diageo’s community engagement received the maximum score for educational programmes and public support. Its women’s empowerment programmes have supported over 390,000 women to date through initiatives such as education and skills training. In total, the community programmes reached more than 164,000 women in 2018 alone.

Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg and Founding Chairman of the U.S. 30% Club, added: “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.”

This year’s list has doubled in size from 2018 and includes firms from 10 sectors headquartered across 36 countries and regions.


Bloomberg’s standardised reporting framework offers public companies the opportunity to disclose information on how they promote gender equality across four separate areas – company statistics, policies, community engagement and products and services. Reporting companies that score above a globally-established threshold, based on the extent of disclosures and the achievement of best-in-class statistics and policies, are included in the GEI.

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