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With 44% women in the boardroom, Diageo tops gender equality list

The beverage giant has attained its feat in UK.

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Updated: Oct 03, 2019, 07.59 AM IST
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Diageo has improved its global ranking from 11th in the 2018 Equileap report and is ranked as the number one business in the UK for gender equality for the second year in a row.

When it comes to shattering the glass ceiling, it looks like Diageo is leading the pack. The company has been ranked as the number one business globally for gender equality in the Equileap 2019 Global Gender Equality Report and Ranking. Diageo has improved its global ranking from 11th in the 2018 Equileap report and is ranked as the number one business in the UK for gender equality for the second year in a row.

The Equileap report is an in-depth, cross-sector analysis of gender equality in 3,519 companies in 23 developed economies, representing 98 million employees. Equileap ranks businesses based on 19 gender equality criteria, including gender balance across the workforce, the gender pay gap, paid parental leave and anti-sexual harassment policies.

Currently 44% of Diageo’s Board are women, and the company is working towards a senior leadership team of 40% women by 2025. In India, women currently make up 17% employees in India compared to 7.5% in 2015. Currently, senior women leaders occupy key leadership positions in various departments such as Legal, Finance, Marketing, Communications, HR and Sales (23%) and women are taking up more specialized roles in our R&D centre, Innovation and Public Policy teams Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo said: “I am proud of our work to drive an inclusive culture and diverse employee base. Our aim is to create a culture that ensures all our people thrive, as well as shaping market-leading policies and practices. But there is much more to do and we are committed to championing diversity.”

Mairéad Nayager, Chief HR Officer at Diageo said: “We believe that gender equality is a moral imperative and a driver of business performance. We are increasing the number of women in leadership roles across the company and have introduced new progressive family leave policies to support all our people throughout their careers. We will continue to push ourselves to improve and build on our ambitions.”

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