Pioneering grain to glass sustainability

For our business to be sustainable, it needs to create enduring value – for us and for those around us. We must positively impact the communities in which we live, work, source and sell and protect the natural resources on which we all depend.

water of life

Our continued long-term success depends on the people and planet around us. We recognise that poverty, inequality, climate change, water stress, biodiversity loss and other challenges threaten the environment and the prosperity of communities.

We have a responsibility to ensure that our people, our suppliers, the communities around our operations, our customers and consumers and society at large all thrive as a result of our business.

That means working with our whole value chain – the people, resources and environment that contribute to our success, from grain to glass by:

  • increasing access to opportunities, addressing development challenges such as capability gaps or access to clean water
  • advocating high standards of governance
  • supporting farmers and other suppliers as they help us build a sustainable value chain.
  • reducing our environmental impact, championing water stewardship and a low carbon world

Our 2025 targets

As part of our strategy for building thriving communities, we have set ourselves ambitious targets to be reached by 2025, which were selected to ensure we help to achieve the UN’s Global Goals and support WHO programmes on health, such as the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases.


Empowering communities

More on communities

  • Our community programmes enable those who live and work in our communities, particularly women, to have the skills and resources to build a better future for themselves. We will evaluate and report on the tangible impacts of our programmes.
  • Learning for Life
  • Water of Life
  • Women's empowerment
  • We have developed a Social Impact Framework to enable us to evaluate and report on the tangible impacts of our programmes.
  • To date we have provided access to safe water and sanitation to more than 10 million people in 21 countries through Water of Life.
  • We have empowered over 435,000 women, through our women's empowerment programmes to date.
  • Since launch, more than 146,000 young people have taken part in our Learning for life programmes.

Human rights

  • Act in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
  • We have developed a robust and comprehensive human rights impact assessment (HRIA) which considers our entire value chain from sourcing to selling.
  • To date, we have conducted Human Rights Impact Assessments in 17 markets.

Sustainable supply chains

More on supply chains

  • Establish partnerships with farmers to develop sustainable agricultural supplies of key raw materials.
  • Source 80% of our agricultural raw materials locally in Africa by 2020
  • Deliver our responsible sourcing commitments with suppliers to improve labour standards and human rights in our supply chains.
  • We have developed a comprehensive but flexible process for identifying, assessing and managing social and ethical risks in our supply chain.
  • We sourced 79% of agricultural raw materials locally in Africa. 
  • We support more than 78,600 farmers in Africa
  • We have developed a Sustainable Agriculture Strategy to help us drive progress and measure our impact in our partnerships with farmers.
  • We continue to work with suppliers to deliver on our responsible sourcing commitments, through organisations including SEDEX and AIM-PROGRESS. This year 82% of potential high-risk supplier sites audited.

Our people

More on our people

  • Build diversity, with 35% of leadership positions held by women and measures implemented to help female employees attain and develop in leadership roles.
  • Increase employee engagement to 80% ‒ a top quartile performer on measures such as employee satisfaction, pride and loyalty.
  • Keep our people safe by achieving less than 1 Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate per 1,000 employees and no fatalities.
  • Zero Harm programme
  • Partners for growth
  • Employee Your Voice Survey
    • Women account for 50% of our Board of Directors and 38% of our Executive Committee
    • 91% of employees who took part in our pulse survey reported that they were ‘proud to work at Diageo’ and 86% would ‘recommend Diageo as a great place to work’.
    • We achieved a milestone safety performance level of 0.60 lost-time accidents (LTAs) per 1,000 employees, our lowest rate ever. This represents a 41% reduction in LTAs compared with 2019.