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Diageos Mairéad Nayager leads by example in driving diversity

Diageo's Mairéad Nayager leads by example in driving diversity

 September 29, 2020

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Diageo has once again been recognised in the Yahoo Finance and HERoes Women Role Model Lists.

Mairéad Nayager features in the HERoes 100 Women Executives List which is made up of women who are leading by example to drive change, while Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes is named in the HERoes 50 Advocates List, who are dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive business environment for women.

Leading by example to drive change

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Executive Committee member and Chief HR Officer Mairéad Nayager is included in the prestigious ranking that celebrates business leaders acting as role models to improve gender equality and champion women in business. The HERoes 100 Women Executives List is specifically comprised of women leading by example to drive change. 

An ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity


To be recognised in the HERoes Women Role Model Lists reflects Diageo's ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity.

Diageo understands that the most successful businesses are those that embrace a diverse workforce with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities.

The company is proud that 50% of its Board and 38% of its Executive Committee are women. 39% of its global senior leadership team positions are held by women and it continues to work towards its 2025 target of 40%.

Diageo has launched an ambitious parental leave policy offering all female employees globally six months fully paid maternity leave and offering the same benefit to men in a majority of markets.

Since the launch, the average number of paternity leave days taken by men has increased significantly.

Diageo is also working to increase the number of women in STEM roles through apprenticeships, returnships and a scholarship at Herriot Watt University for female brewers, distillers, and mechanical engineers.

The company also sponsors the Creative Equals Returners programme, which supports women returning to the creative industries after a career break, and it is a member of the World Federation of Advertisers’ Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce.

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Diageo knows the best performing businesses prioritise inclusion and diversity and it believes it is crucial to create a culture with inclusion and diversity at its heart.

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