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Our people

We want our people to be free to achieve their full potential. We aim to provide a safe, healthy, inspiring work environment, in which talent is developed and rewarded, and individuals are respected. That way our people - and our business - can 'be the best'.

Our approach and performance

We owe our success to our people, living our values throughout the 180 countries in which we operate. In this section we quote from Diageo’s Our Talent Story, which was compiled from conversations with people throughout the business. It articulates our pride in what we do, and describes the opportunities and ambition we have for the people around the world we rely on to make the great brands our consumers love.

Creating the conditions for our people to succeed is reflected in our ambition that ‘everyone goes home safe, every day, everywhere’. Our philosophy of ‘Zero Harm’ has helped us meet our target of reducing lost-time accidents (LTAs) by 60% since 2010, but we always work to eliminate accidents altogether. However, this year four people were fatally injured at work, and therefore our priorities remain the development of our safety culture, the skills and capability of people in the workplace, and our Severe and Fatal Incident Prevention programme (SFIP).

From the moment they join Diageo, we want employees to feel ‘engaged’: aligned with our strategy, connected to our values, and motivated to achieve their potential. We support our employees through clear HR policies, competitive reward programmes, coaching and development opportunities, and health and wellbeing initiatives. Maintaining a culture that embraces diversity from recruitment through to senior leadership is particularly important, and as part of this we have a specific target for women in leadership positions – 30% of all leadership roles by 2014 – which we are well on the way to achieving with 28% this year.

Each year we carry out a Values Survey, and this year 92% of our employees took part. We were pleased that ‘engagement’ remained high at 85%, and ‘super-engagement’ went up to 41%, getting us closer to our aspiration of 50%.

Workplace awards

We are proud that Diageo has been honoured with workplace awards, as shown in the table below.

Workplace awards1
Location Award
Global Most Admired Company (Management Today)
Global Ranked 9th in 2012
Argentina Ranked 6th in 2012
Canada Ranked 19th in 2013
Germany Ranked 16th in 2012
Greece Ranked 10th in 2013
Iberia Ranked 16th in 2013
Ireland Diageo ‘demand’ was ranked 1st in 2013
Diageo ‘supply’ was ranked 6th in 2013
Kenya Won inaugural Deloitte ‘Best Company to Work For’ Survey
Latin America Ranked 8th Best Multinational to work for in Latin America
Mexico Ranked 4th in 2012
  1. Awarded by the Great Place to Work Institute unless otherwise stated.

Progress against our people targets

How we're performing against our targets