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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Johnnie Walker sponsors Dua Lipa show

Diageo-owned Johnnie Walker blended Scotch is the official spirits sponsor of popstar Dua Lipa’s global Studio 2054 event. The New Rules and Hotter than Hell singer’s Studio 2054 digital music experience will be livestreamed worldwide on 27 November. The event will see Lipa singing and dancing with a number of guest stars, surprise performers, acrobats and artists, as she performs tracks from her self-titled debut album, her Future Nostalgia album and her most recent compilation,…

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Johnnie Walker unveils trio of limited edition bottles

Blended Scotch whisky Johnnie Walker has created three limited edition bottles for its Red Label, Black Label and Gold Label Reserve expressions to celebrate 200 years of the brand. Each bottle was named after the colour of its slanted label, but this has now been upgraded to an opaque wrap for the limited edition designs. Johnnie Walker founder John Walker opened a small grocery store in Kilmarnock, Scotland, 200 years ago. He eventually began to…

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Diageo achieves zero waste to landfill target

Gordon’s owner Diageo has concluded its 2020 Sustainability and Responsibility Goals, achieving zero waste to landfill at all production sites and offices, but falling shy of its water efficiency targets. Diageo, which also owns Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff, originally set its sustainable targets in 2008, and updated the goals in 2015. The 2020 targets were chosen in accordance with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Notable achievements include a 50% absolute reduction in greenhouse gas…

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Diageo reports 47.1% profit loss in fiscal 2020

Johnnie Walker owner Diageo saw operating profit decline 47.1% in its 2020 fiscal year due to the impact of Covid-19 on its key markets. For the year ending 30 June 2020, Diageo’s reported operating profit declined by 47.1% to £2.1 billion (US$2.7bn). Organic net sales fell by 8.4% to £11.8bn (US$15.4bn). The group also noted a non-cash impairment charge of £1.3bn (US$1.7bn), related to its businesses in India, Nigeria, Ethiopia and the Windsor whisky brand…

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