Diageo outlines equality and sustainability targets

Johnnie Walker owner Diageo is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions and increase representation across its leadership teams through the new Spirit of Progress action plan. The Society 2030: Spirit of Progress plan has been developed to “make a positive impact on the world” over the next 10 years and features targets covering sustainability, diversity and positive drinking. Ivan Menezes, chief executive, Diageo, said: “As a global business, we are committed to playing our…

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Ten leading Black spirits industry executives

Spirits firms worldwide have pledged to increase diversity in their workplaces this year. Here, we celebrate the talents of 10 of the industry’s top Black executives. Spirits companies of all sizes have come out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement this year and vowed to reassess their efforts to create inclusive workplaces. Earlier this year, the Black Bourbon Society launched a non-profit consultancy firm, called Diversity Distilled, to create more diversity and inclusion…

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Industry needs more people of colour in ‘critical roles’

The response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement must result in more people of colour holding “critical roles” in the spirits industry, the global brand director of Jack Daniel’s has said. Matt Blevins was speaking to The Spirits Business last month following the launch of the Nearest & Jack Advancement Initiative, which aims to boost diversity across the American whiskey industry. He said: “Quite simply, we want more African-Americans and people of colour in…

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Six ways the drinks industry can support racial diversity

The spirits industry plays as big a role as any other sector in the effort to support racial diversity and eradicate racism, and there’s plenty that can be done at all levels. Since the death of African-American George Floyd three months ago while in police custody in Minneapolis, the Black Lives Matter movement has snowballed, sparking a ripple of action from every corner of society. But for the movement to be successful, that momentum has…

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Spirits industry responds to Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted the urgent need to stamp out systematic racism from all areas of society and create a more inclusive, diverse world. SB investigates how the spirits sector has responded to calls for change. On 25 May 2020, African-American George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis by a white police officer, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Footage of the shocking event was seen around the world, sparking…

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