Diageo is a British alcoholic beverage company with a diverse collection of brands across the spirit and beer markets. Diageo, operating in its current form since 1997, has a produce portfolio including well-known consumer brands such as Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Bailey's, Guinness and Don Julio. Annually, the company produces over 240 million units of product from over 150 manufacturing facilities in 30 different countries. Diageo sells these products in over 180 countries worldwide.

Baseline assessment

Environment

On track

Nutrition

Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey

Summary

Diageo publicly discloses commitments across the dimensions but has room for improvement in nutrition and social inclusion. While it has set targets to reduce absolute GHG emissions, it only reports against its scope 1 and 2 emissions. The company commits to using best-practice soil management to prevent soil erosion and improve soil health, as well as to protecting crops from fertiliser and pesticide applications. In the nutrition dimension, Diageo puts nutrition information and alcohol content on its labels and has set a target to educate 5 million people about the dangers of underage drinking. Its marketing code sets standards for responsible marketing, and these are reviewed every two years. While the company has a food safety policy, it does not commit to increasing the availability or accessibility of healthy products, nor does it disclose its commitments to nutrition in the workplace. In the social inclusion dimension, Diageo does not permit child or forced labour in its own operations or supply chain and has set targets around health and safety. The company does not commit to paying a living wage but has a target to establish partnerships with smallholder farmers to develop sustainable supplies of its key raw materials, such as barley.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
GBP 12,867,000,000
Food and agriculture revenue USD
USD 16,432,616,000
Onwnership structure
Publicly listed
Number of employees
29,917

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

The company is also included in the following benchmarks developed by WBA and our Allies. These benchmarks help to deepen our understanding on key issues and industries.