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How we manage sustainability and responsibility

We manage sustainability and responsibility in the same way that we manage all our business operations, at global and local levels. At the highest level, sustainability and responsibility are overseen by the corporate citizenship committee, chaired by the chief executive.

Governance structure

The corporate citizenship committee is responsible for making decisions or, where appropriate, recommendations to the board or executive committee concerning our Sustainability & Responsibility Strategy policies and issues. This includes performance, measurement and reporting for the following impacts across Diageo’s value chain: alcohol in society; water and the environment; socio-economic development; our people; and governance and ethics.

Two executive working groups (one on alcohol in society, chaired by the director of corporate relations, and one on environmental performance, chaired by the president of Global Supply) support the corporate citizenship committee with decisions on specific issues. Additionally, a cross-functional leadership team, chaired by Diageo’s global director of corporate social responsibility, advises on the development of strategy for each of our key social and environmental impacts at every stage of the value chain, including supplier management, operations, and relations with customers, consumers and investors.

Beyond this global management, the regions and local markets manage those sustainability and responsibility areas most material for them given their specific operational footprint. This year, we began a project to reassess materiality for key markets in three of our regions. For more information see the section on determining our material impacts.

Policies and standards

We have global codes, policies and standards covering all aspects of sustainability and responsibility. A note on definitions:

  • Global policies cover the principles to which we are committed when doing business; they are relevant to most employees
  • Global standards are more procedural and apply to specialist activities; they apply only to individuals in certain specific roles.

Both policies and standards stem from our Code of Business Conduct. It defines how everyone at Diageo is expected to do business. In the table below you will find those that are particularly relevant to how we manage our sustainability and responsibility programmes. Please note, however, that these do not represent the full spectrum of our policies and standards.

Diageo codes, policies and standards related to sustainability and responsibility

Document type Title Sustainability and responsibility programme
Code Code of Business Conduct All
Policy Anti-Corruption Governance and ethics
Policy Anti-Discrimination & Human Rights Our people
Policy Anti-money laundering Governance and ethics
Policy Competition & Anti-trust Governance and ethics
Policy Employee Alcohol Alcohol in society
Policy Environment Water and the environment
Policy Marketing Alcohol in society
Customers and consumers
Policy Occupational Health & Safety Our people
Policy Quality Customers and consumers
Policy Tax Governance and ethics
Standard Partnering with Suppliers Our suppliers

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