Diageo North America Honored by Fast Company as a «Best Workplace for Innovators»

NEW YORK, July 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As companies all around the world are exploring and testing new ways to…

NEW YORK, July 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As companies all around the world are exploring and testing new ways to engage their customers, partners and employees, Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, is proud to announce that its North America business has been recognized by Fast Company’s 50 Best Workplaces for Innovators.

Now in its second year, Fast Company set out to identify those organizations that empower employees, at all levels, to «create new products, improve operations, and take risks… where innovation isn’t just a buzzword, but a part of the value system and culture.»

For us, innovation is more than great liquids, packaging, new production techniques and different ways to get to market,» says Ed Pilkington, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Diageo North America. «Innovation is embedded within our business – it drives our ways of working, our thinking and behaviors, it allows us to create a culture for today’s fast-paced, competitive marketplace, while focusing on tomorrow’s exciting opportunities.

Diageo’s brands were created by entrepreneurs, many of them developed by founders decades and even centuries ago, and this culture of bold ideas and experimentation continues to run deep across our organization today. Diageo’s leadership team strives to set the tone of ownership and entrepreneurialism that aims to empower throughout our organization, at all levels, embedding real passion for continuous testing and learning in everything we do. 

This open-minded and flexible people-empowered approach enables and encourages teams to try new things, explore new external partners and undertake new approaches. It gives employees the freedom to move quickly and take bolder bets across the organization and in culture. Whether it be through a new open, agile workspace in lower Manhattan, or the recent seamless transition to virtual, remote working, Diageo North America is constantly finding ways to celebrate life every day, everywhere, and it always starts with our people.

This recognition from Fast Company joins a growing list of awards Diageo has earned for its excellence in workplace culture and commitments to gender and ethnic parity. Some of our recent honors include:

2020 – Corporate Equality Index: Diageo received a perfect score of 100% on the Corporate Equality Index, as administered by the Human Rights Campaign, for the 12th consecutive year

2020 – National Association of Female Executives (NAFE): Diageo North America was named one of the 2020 Top Companies for Executive Women by NAFE. This is the 10th year NAFE has named Diageo to its Top Companies list.

2020 – Working Mother Magazine:  Diageo North America was recognized as a 2020 Best Company for Multicultural Women, for its strong leadership in creating progressive programs.

2019 – Bloomberg Gender Equality Index: Diageo was named to the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEi), which distinguishes companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality.

2019 – Creative Equals: Diageo was announced as the exclusive sponsor of the briefs for the Creative Equals ‘Returners’ scheme, #CreativeComeback.

2019 – Equileap 2019 Global Gender Equality Report: Diageo was ranked as the number one business globally for gender equality in the Equileap 2019 Global Gender Equality Report and Ranking.

2019 – Paradigm for Parity: Diageo North America, in partnership with the Paradigm for Parity® coalition, announced its commitment to achieving gender parity.

2018 – CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion: Diageo, has joined the growing number of organizations pledging to advance inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Diageo North America is the first beverage alcohol company to make such a commitment.

About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE: DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

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Andrew Turner (Andrew.turner@diageo.com) (203) 957-2035

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