Diageo Recognized by Human Rights Campaign as "Best Place to Work" for Fifth
Year in a Row
Company Receives Perfect Score on HRC's Corporate Equality Index
NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 14, 2012
NORWALK, Conn., Nov.14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Diageo, the world's leading
premium spirits, wine and beer company, is pleased to announce it has earned a
perfect score in the annual Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index
(CEI) survey for the fifth consecutive year. The CEI is an annual report
produced by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of
the nation's largest advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
Americans. With another perfect score of 100, Diageo was once again recognized
as one of the "Best Places to Work" and listed as one of the top companies
that support equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
"It is an honor to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for the fifth
year running, especially given this year's increased requirements for the
index," said Larry Schwartz, President, Diageo North America. "I am proud that
Diageo continues to provide equitable benefits for LGBT employees and
consistently contributes in very positive ways to the LGBT community and
In addition, Diageo has been recognized for its Diversity Council and employee
resource groups (ERGs). Diageo's Rainbow Network was one of the first ERGs at
the company and remains one of its most active."
"As an employee, I experience Diageo's ongoing commitment to diversity on a
daily basis," said Calvin Burwell who leads Diageo's Rainbow Network alongside
his day job as Director, Consumer Planning and Research. "Diageo's Rainbow
Network receives outstanding support throughout the Diageo community extending
to the highest levels of the organization. I am truly proud to be a part of a
company that energizes its ERGs to make a difference in the lives of
Each year, the CEI provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large US
employers and their policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees,
consumers and investors.
Diageo's has been recognized multiple times in 2012 as a top employer,
including a citation in Diversity MBA Magazine's "50 Out Front for Diversity
Leadership: Best Places for Diverse Managers To Work" and Working Mother
magazine's "100 Best Companies" list. Additionally, Christina Ruggiero, Vice
President, Procurement, was recognized in DiversityPlus Magazine's "2012 Top
25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity" for her work in driving diversity both
internally and externally.
About HRC Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's
largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives
to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves
fundamental fairness and equality for all.
For more information on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2008 Corporate
Equality Index, visit www.HRC.org/CEI.
Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an
outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and
wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Windsor,
Buchanan's and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc 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, brands, and performance, visit us at Diageo.com. For our global
resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best
practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.
Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.
Contact: Zsoka McDonald, Diageo, +1-203-229-4730; or Rachel Rosenblatt, FTI,
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