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Award celebrates Diageo’s good business practices in Africa

Thanks to our employees’ efforts across Africa, in June Diageo won the Good Corporate Governance Award at the Africa Business Awards, becoming the first consumer goods company to win this accolade.

Award celebrates Diageo’s good business practices in Africa

The Award recognised Diageo’s work over the last few years to foster good business practices in Africa, such as initiating the Coalition against Corruption in Cameroon, our work with suppliers in Kenya on responsible business practices, our work against corruption in Nigeria, and Pathway of Pride, our popular compliance and ethics training programme for employees in the region.

‘I am very proud of all our employees for contributing to Diageo being recognised for our responsible business ethics and practices, our transparency and our increasingly public stance on tackling corruption and promoting good business practices,’ said Nick Blazquez, president, Diageo Africa. ‘For us to win this award is hugely valuable in supporting our agenda to embed our Code of Business Conduct, in building Diageo's reputation with key stakeholders and in us contributing to the leadership of this important agenda across Africa.’

Over the last five years, the Africa Business Awards have become a prominent platform to celebrate excellence and best practice in the business arena, recognising the leaders and companies that are driving Africa’s rapidly transforming economies. Winners have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the continent, the economic aspirations of its citizens and the transformation of Africa’s image in international markets.

Anne McCormick, corporate relations director, Diageo Africa (pictured accepting the award) said: ‘This award shows the shift in what good corporate governance means to the business world and to Africa. The long-term success and sustainability of our business in Africa is no longer solely dependent on strong assets and financial success, but also on our ability to demonstrate the highest standards of integrity in the way we behave towards each other and to those outside our company.’