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Diageo CHRO Louise Prashad applauded as business leader

Diageo CHRO Louise Prashad applauded as business leader

 May 31, 2023

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Several Diageo leaders have once again been included in the Empower Role Model Lists, the annual ranking that showcases international business leaders who are breaking down barriers for people of colour and actively driving a more inclusive working environment.

One of these leaders is Chief Human Resources Officer Louise Prashad, who earned a place on the Advocate List. Diageo Chief Executive Ivan Menezes and General Counsel Tom Shropshire were included in the Executive List, while Malcolm Ellis, Diageo North America Pronghorn Lead, is featured in the Future Leaders List.

Supporting Diageo's diversity ambitions 

The inclusion of Louise once again in the list recognizes her commitment to championing diversity in the workplace, creating an environment where everyone can thrive, as well as setting stretching ambitions for the future to enable Diageo's business to grow. This includes Diageo's Society 2030: Spirit of Progress ambition to increase the representation of leaders from ethnically diverse backgrounds to 45% by 2030.

Diageo’s commitment to ethnic diversity

Diageo already has a diverse workforce, with 27,000 people in over 70 countries. However, Diageo wants to ensure the business has ethnic diversity at every level of the business, and through the setting of goals, the introduction of industry-leading policies, as well as various other initiatives, Diageo has seen real progress. 

Setting ambition to achieve diverse representation

In addition to Diageo's Society 2030 ambition of achieving 45% representation of ethnically diverse employees across leadership, Diageo has embedded an Ethnic Diversity Framework to support its markets in defining stretching, action orientated, multi-year inclusion and diversity plans. 

Investing in Black-owned spirits brands

Diageo continues to make local commitments to promote ethnic diversity. For example, in 2022 Pronghorn made the first of 57 investments in North American, Black-owned spirits brands that will be made over the next ten years.

Launching further events and programs

In March 2023, Diageo partnered with the Black FMCG Collective to host its inaugural event in London, bringing together advocates from its peers to celebrate and discuss how Diageo can diversify the FMCG industry, and in 2021 Diageo introduced Origens in Brazil, a tailor-made hiring and development program to increase ethnic diversity among its workforce.

Diageo also works hard to champion ethnic diversity with its suppliers and partners, and Diageo asks its marketing agencies to share details of representation of their ownership. 

Diageo champions diversity in the workplace 

Diageo believes it is crucial to create a culture with inclusion and diversity at its heart.

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