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Our role in society

Our ambition is to be one of the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products companies in the world. Playing a positive role in society is at the heart of this.

Sustainability Development Strategy One page overview

Operating in a responsible and sustainable way every day, everywhere means that we can support our communities, protect and preserve natural resources and ensure alcohol plays a positive role in society.

Our priorities

Our priorities are guided by the issues that are most material to our business and the value chain we create. From the farmers who grow our ingredients, to our employees and contractors, to the consumers who buy our brands, we want to make sure we are a positive influence on society and the environment. Our 2020 Sustainability and Responsibility targets provide a framework to measure and track our progress, as well as ensure we are actively contributing to the achievement of the UN Global Goals.

We believe one of the best ways we can contribute to communities is by engaging others to become advocates for causes important to them and their stakeholders. Joining forces with governments, NGOs, suppliers, local communities and our consumers means we can make an even greater contribution to socio-economic development around the world. Some of our strongest advocacy work involves arguing for industry-wide standards to tackle alcohol misuse and promote responsible drinking. We are also passionate advocates in areas including anti-corruption, women’s empowerment and water stewardship.

Our three focus areas

Leadership in alcohol in society

We are passionate about ensuring alcohol has a positive role in society and committed to playing our part in tackling misuse. We put our resources and skills into programmes that prevent and reduce alcohol misuse, working with others to raise awareness and change people's attitudes and behaviour. We market our products responsibly and provide the information consumers need to make informed decisions about drinking, or choosing not to drink.

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Building thriving communities

We work to empower communities, including our own, and strive to increase access to opportunity through:

  • enabling entrepreneurship, employability and skills
  • improving health and wellbeing, including through access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene
  • helping to empower women
  • sustainable agriculture.

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Reducing our environmental impact

We want to use natural resources responsibly, and are working to reduce carbon, packaging, water and waste in our operations and throughout our supply chain. By safeguarding and preserving natural resources, we aim to secure viable resources for the future – for ourselves, for the communities with whom we work and for everyone who depends on those resources.

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Our 2020 targets

We have set ourselves ambitious targets to be reached by 2020 and are committed to measuring and reporting on our progress in a transparent and meaningful way. Our targets were selected to ensure we help to achieve the UN’s Global Goals and support WHO programmes on health, such as the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases.

Diageo sustainability targets

We are working hard to deliver these goals as a company and in partnership with our industry peers, NGOs and the communities where we operate. We firmly believe it is only through working in partnership that we can achieve scale and meaningful impact.

In order to ensure we are making a real and relevant contribution, we measure and report on the impact of every programme and initiative we run. We report on our progress every year in our Annual Report and Sustainability and responsibility performance addendum.

Read more about our 2020 targets and see how we're doing on our Performance highlights page.