Belinda Brown, Global Audit & Risk Director at Diageo, talks about life working for an inclusive employer via Irish News article


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Belinda Brown provides insight into Diageos inclusive culture

Belinda Brown provides insight into Diageo's inclusive culture

 March 26, 2020

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Belinda Brown, Global Audit & Risk Director at Diageo, offers insight into her career in an exclusive article for Irish News.

In the article, Belinda shares how she ended up in her key role working for Diageo in Africa and Europe, her passion for growing and developing talent and how proud she is to work for an employer that champions diversity and inclusion.

"In my GAR director role I feel truly privileged, because my job gives me immense exposure to the different functions, businesses, brands and regions across Diageo and, in the process, I get to work with and learn from such interesting and diverse people every day," Belinda writes.

Co-founder of Diageo's REACH resource group

Belinda is the co-founder and co-lead of Diageo's Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage (REACH) employee resource group.

"I'm at the forefront of fostering an inclusive environment where everyone can be at their best, by providing a community structure and support system that promotes the recruitment, retention and development of ethnically diverse employees," she explains.

"We have made significant impact to date including establishing a reverse mentoring scheme where an ethnically diverse group of employees mentor senior leaders. We are also working to improve the onboarding experience for international movers and investing on our employee engagement and awareness sessions including racial disparities in maternal healthcare and bringing Diwali to life at our HQ."

Great support for parents at Diageo

As a mother herself, Belinda knows how important an integrated support system is in the workplace. 

"All parents employed by Diageo in the UK and Ireland are eligible for the same fully-paid 26 weeks, retaining benefits and bonuses regardless of gender, sexual orientation or whether they become parents biologically, via surrogacy or adopt. This is part of Diageo’s leading work to support gender equality and to create a fully inclusive and diverse workforce, where barriers to career progression are removed and talent is retained and nurtured," she writes. 

"I read somewhere about there being no such thing as work-life balance, but rather there is a work-life rhythm. This resonates with me so much. Agile working means that I can manage my time to build the other important things in my work and life into my day."

A diverse and inclusive workplace

Diageo’s is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse working environment and is a supporter of International Women’s Day's #EachForEqual theme. 

"As well as celebrating what it means to be an everyday ally for women, we [are] exploring the theme of #EachForEqual through transformative discussions that acknowledge the way men and women have different experiences, and exploring how we can all show greater allyship for each other," Belinda adds.

Read Belinda's full article with Irish News.

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