Celebrating diversity globally with 5th INC Week at Diageo

At the end of September, we celebrated our fifth INC Week, an employee-led week that celebrates diversity, embraces inclusion, and encourages colleagues around the world to have open conversations about a range of important and challenging topics.

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This year we had colleagues representing over 20 countries and markets joining globally. The grassroots week brought together by members of our employee resource groups and their allies, saw a fantastic line up of more than 25 virtual panels, discussions, webinars and even a worldwide workout session.

With a focus on a broad range of topics from disability and mental health, to allyship and belonging, INC Week provided us with inspiring and thought-provoking conversation about what it means to be truly inclusive, and how little acts of kindness and courage every day can make a difference.

At Diageo our people are the foundation to our success, and we want to empower and encourage them to champion inclusion and diversity and identify opportunities to drive change and make a difference.

“INC Week is such a special week for Diageo, and the energy, commitment and passion for our inclusion and diversity agenda was inspiring, with thousands of our people joining live, from their offices, homes and supply sites alike. The array of sessions was truly global in nature and diverse in offering, creating conversation and buzz from all corners of the world.”

Mairéad Nayager
Mairéad Nayager

Chief HR Officer

Alongside our leaders and colleagues, a host of inspirational external speakers were also welcomed to address key topics and share their personal experiences. The daughter of President Nelson Mandela, Dr. Makaziwe Mandela kick-started INC Week by speaking about the strides we can make towards equity, Linguistic Anthropologist Professor Nikki Lane explored what it means to be a true ally, and Fadi El Halabi, disability advocate and human rights activist talked about how he embraced diversity.

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela kick-started INC Week with our Chief HR Officer Mairéad Nayager and Chief Executive Ivan Menezes

“INC Week 2021 was the perfect space for us to discuss issues that might be affecting our day-to-day lives without even realising. From Europe to Asia, South Africa to Australia we demonstrated that there are no geographical boundaries to showing our commitment to Inclusion & Diversity. The passion our employees and external guests brought to this year’s INC Week blew me away, and I’m so proud to lead the committed team which developed the week. I’m really excited to see what we’ll achieve together as we strive to be truly inclusive every day, everywhere.”

Christian Laya
Christian Laya

INC Week Global Employee Lead

Inc Week also saw the next phase of our #MyNameIs global campaign launch across our channels and within the business. The employee generated campaign, first launched in June 2021, reminded us that inclusion starts with a name, and the importance of pronouncing names correctly.

Find out more information about how Diageo is championing Inclusion and Diversity within the business and beyond here.