Diageo is recognised in the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, part of the World Benchmarking Alliance that measures private sector impact towards sustainability


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Diageo is recognised as a leading company addressing human rights

Diageo is recognised as a leading company addressing human rights

 November 26, 2020

Diageo is recognised in the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) part of the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) which seeks to generate a movement around increasing the private sector’s impact towards a sustainable future for all.

Diageo has achieved 8th position out of the 57 companies - and this prestigious recognition acknowledges Diageo's impressive performance in addressing and respecting human rights.

Assessing human rights disclosures

The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assesses the human rights disclosures of 230 global companies across five sectors that present a high risk of negative human rights impacts. 

"The results show that there has been progress on previous years. A number of companies are meeting the fundamental expectations of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), with strong commitments and rigorous procedures in place," cites the World Benchmarking Alliance.

A fundamental respect for human rights

Diageo believes that respect for human rights should be a part of everyone’s working day, as enshrined in its Code of Business Conduct.

The company has outlined its approach in its policies and guidelines, including its Human Rights Policy and Modern Slavery Statement. It will continue to demonstrate its commitment through its actions.

Diageo's comprehensive Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA)  assesses every element of its value chain, including raw materials sourcing, manufacturing, contractors, operations, sales and marketing and third-party operations. This approach has been updated to ensure the voices of women in its supply chain are fully heard throughout the assessment process, building more criteria into its country context reviews and exploring more assessment techniques such as women-only interviews with stakeholders.

As part of its Sustainability and Responsibility targets, Diageo also outlines their commitment to acting in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.


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