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Diageo leads by example when it comes to gender equality

Diageo leads by example when it comes to gender equality

 November 25, 2019

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Prime employer for women, Diageo, is included in the Leading by Example section of the Hampton-Alexander Review - an independent review body set up to increase the number of women on FTSE 350 boards and in their leadership teams.

Diageo believes that gender equality at work requires fundamental changes to the policies and cultural norms around parental leave - and this is one of the reason's for the company's inlcusion in the prestigous review.

Supporting employees to enjoy parenthood

"Ensuring both men and women are supported to experience the joy of raising a young family, while continuing to thrive at work, is better for business and for society at large," says Diageo Chief HR Officer Mairéad Nayager (pictured).

All parents employed by Diageo in the UK are eligible for 52 weeks parental leave, with the first 26 weeks fully paid, regardless of gender or how they become a parent. Diageo has also extended 26 weeks fully paid maternity leave to all female employees globally and set a global minimum standard of four weeks fully paid paternity leave. In the majority of its markets – including Europe, North America, Thailand, Russia, Colombia and Australia, the company moved beyond this to 26 weeks fully paid paternity leave.

Diageo's committment to inclusion and diversity was pivotal its parental leave updates. Women currently make up around 40 per cent of Diageo's Executive Committee, and its CEO Ivan Menezes is an active advocate of gender equality. 

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Diageo's commitment to diversity and inclusion starts from the top, and every employee is valued for their unique contributions.

If you want to work for a company that prioritizes difference, search and apply for an exciting career at Diageo today.


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