Ethical Performance
Diageo reports 2015 sustainability and responsibility progress as company looks ahead to new 2020 targets


London, 13th August 2015: Diageo, the world's leading premiumdrinks business, this week reported strong progress against its 2015 sustainability and responsibility targets with the publication its 2015 Annual Report ( , which for the second year integrates its performance in this areaalongside financial reporting. Diageo made notable gains in its improvement in water efficiency, reduction of carbon emissions and sourcing of local raw materials as the company now looks towards its ambitious 2020 targets and moves to an evaluation model based on impact rather than input.
Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive states; =E2=80=9CWe have a responsibilityto create shared value, for our communities, our people and our shareholders. This enables our business to grow and I am extremely proud of ourwork in many areas, especially water stewardship with our ambitious Water Blueprint, our progress in local sourcing in Africa and our partnerships with NGOs, governments and other stakeholders with whom we work to create scale for our programmes. As we now move forward to our 2020 goals, with a focus on our long term impact, we will build on these successes to achieve even more.=E2=80=9D
Key 2015 sustainability and responsibility achievements from the report include:
Year on year progress against all environmental, communities and responsible drinking targets for 2015
Achievement of 70% of local sourcing target
10% improvement in water efficiency, contributing to achievement of 30% improvement in water efficiency target
Provided 600,000 more people with access to safe drinking water
9% year on year reduction in carbon emissions, equivalent of 68,400tonnes
298 responsible drinking programmes in more than 50 countries
Over 115,000 women supported through its female empowerment programme, Plan W, in 2015
To build and expand on the foundations laid by the 2015 goals, Diageo will now work towards its ambitious 2020 targets ( , announced in December 2014. These industry leading goals represent a new holistic way Diageo measures and evaluates its sustainability and responsibility efforts, focussing on impact, not only within its own operations,but across its supply chain in partnership with others.
The 2020 targets are in line with the emerging UN Sustainable DevelopmentGoals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, and focus on three key areas:
Leadership in alcohol in society to create a positive role for alcohol in society through initiatives which impact misuse.
Building thriving communities to equip people, particularly women, with skills and resources to build a better future for themselves.
Reducing Diageo's environmental impact by making Diageo productsand business operations more environmentally sustainable.
Recognising that impact is not limited to its owned sites, Diageo’s 2020 targets also reflect the need to better manage impact across thewhole supply chain, and the importance of working in partnership, inorder to create true scale for the many programmes and initiatives aroundthe world.
For more information and to view Diageo's integrated annual reportclick here ( .
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About Diageo
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J=CE=B5B, Buchanan's and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, CaptainMorgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.
Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London StockExchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit usat Visit Diageo's global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives, and ways toshare best practice.
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