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CSR Press Release

Diageo Publishes 2012 Online Sustainability & Responsibility Report

Submitted by: Diageo

Categories: Research, Reports & Publications, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Sep 05, 2012 – 10:00 AM EST

 

LONDON, Sep. 05 /CSRwire/ - Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, publishes its 2012 Sustainability & Responsibility Report, its 10th report since 2003. The report highlights progress and aspirations across the company’s key sustainability impacts including alcohol in society, water and the environment, socio-economic development, people, and governance and ethics.  To cover Diageo’s full value chain, the report has sections covering work with and impact on suppliers, customers and consumers. 

At each stage of our value chain, we seek to maximise our positive impacts, creating value for our stakeholders while improving our own performance.  For Diageo, the two are inextricably linked – our company’s future success depends on our ability today to contribute positively to society and the environment.  We call this ‘Celebrating life, today and tomorrow.’   

Commenting on this year’s report and Diageo’s future-looking approach, Paul Walsh, CEO, said: ‘Driving strong performance in sustainability and responsibility is in the long-term interests of our company.  It helps ensure that we can both deliver returns to shareholders and benefit the communities whose lives we touch. It is my firm belief that the most genuinely strategic and forward looking businesses treat sustainability as a core component of business delivery.’

Highlights from this year’s report include:

  • Supported over 300 programmes to tackle alcohol misuse in 49 countries around the world
  • Refreshed Diageo’s digital marketing code and trained  all relevant marketers to ensure the highest standards for responsible marketing on-line
  • Reduced carbon emissions from our operations by  9.4% despite increasing production
  • Improved water efficiency by 7.2%,  and reduced the amount of water used at water-stressed sites  by 8.6%
  • Trained  over 63,000 people in our Learning for Life programme since 2008 with 70-80% of students securing employment upon graduation
  • Supported 200 projects since 2006 that provide access to safe drinking water for people in Africa with a goal of reaching eight million people by 2015
  • Invested £2.6  million in social entrepreneurs across the world this year through the Arthur Guinness Fund and our Champions for Change programme in Asia
  • Initiated a pilot project to develop a scalable sorghum value chain in partnership with the government of Tanzania.

Diageo’s Sustainability & Responsibility Report 2012 is available on an interactive website http://srreport2012.diageoreports.com/ . We welcome and appreciate any feedback. Please email csr@diageo.com or fill out the survey included in the report.

 About Diageo

Diageo is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people and its brands, visit www.diageo.com. For Diageo’s global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit www.DRINKiQ.com.

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