Health and safety

We consider health and safety as a fundamental human right – and the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees is our highest priority.

Creating the conditions for our people to succeed starts with the right to be respected which includes an expectation of safety in the workplace.


Our Zero Harm programme is designed to ensure that all our people go home safe, every day, and is based on four pillars – prevention, culture, compliance and capability.

Our safety model, followed at all our sites, is based on leadership, employee engagement, culture development, robust assessment and control of our safety risk, and a commitment to improve safety standards continuously.

We support the delivery of Zero Harm through robust safety management systems, best practice guidance and a range of health and wellbeing programmes.

Our programme is especially focused on eliminating fatalities from our business, and our Severe and Fatal Incident Prevention programme was specifically designed to identify and eliminate or control the highest risks in our operations. We aim to have less than one lost-time accident (LTA) per 1,000 employees, with zero fatalities. This ambition includes the transformation of the safety culture and performance at new acquisitions. More details of our safety record can be found in our Annual Report.

Health and wellbeing

When our employees come to work we like to welcome the 'whole person', which means supporting both their physical and their emotional wellbeing. How we do this varies according to local needs and how our employees access their healthcare, but there is one constant theme: ensuring that our employees understand the importance of responsible drinking.

Our health and wellbeing programmes include:

  • Responsible drinking: We want to help ensure that our employees who choose to drink alcohol do so responsibly, as part of a balanced lifestyle. Moreover, as ambassadors for Diageo, our employees help us promote responsible attitudes to drinking, both inside and outside the company. Our Global Employee Alcohol Policy  makes clear to all our people their responsibilities with regard to alcohol, and we promote responsible drinking through our DRINKiQ programme, which equips all our employees to act as ambassadors for responsible drinking.
  • Occupational health: We encourage our employees to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our local Occupational Health teams have developed a wide range of wellbeing activities to promote the benefits of physical activity to employees. The teams also provide individual health checks and health information.
  • Combating HIV/Aids: Since 2003 our operating companies across Africa have adopted HIV and Aids workplace education and prevention initiatives, and provided treatment for employees and their families through the Live Life employee wellness programme.