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External credentials

We have always believed that our success as a company is measured by more than just financial targets. Being benchmarked against our peers and the wider business community is important for understanding how our approach to sustainability measures up to prevailing standards and attitudes.

Sustainability indices and rankings

For eight years, Diageo shares have been selected for inclusion in some of the leading sustainability indices and rankings:

  • Dow Jones corporate sustainability assessment
    This year Sustainability Asset Management, the research organisation behind the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, gave Diageo a Gold Class rating following a Bronze rating last year. Only three beverage companies received this rating, and we were the only alcoholic beverage company amongst those. We were also awarded the Significant Distinction prize as Category Sector Mover 2011, which is given to the company that achieves the biggest proportional improvement from the previous year in sustainability performance in their sector.
    FTSE Group confirms that Diageo has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series again this year.
  • Carbon Disclosure Project
    We have participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) since it began in 2000. CDP challenges the world’s largest companies to measure and report on their carbon emissions and integrate the cost of climate change into assessments of their business. This year in the CDP’s 2010 report, Diageo was one of nine participating beverage alcohol companies, receiving a 67 ‘disclosure score’ and a B ‘performance level.’
  • Business in the Community
    This UK-based international network of businesses committed to sustainability placed Diageo in the Gold band of its corporate responsibility index for 2010. Diageo has been awarded either Silver or Gold for the last five years.

External codes and charters

Diageo is a signatory to a number of external codes and charters that reflect our principles.

  • UN Global Compact and CEO Water Mandate: we signed the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative, in 2002. In 2008 we endorsed the CEO Water Mandate, a UN-sanctioned private/public partnership that aims to address the world’s growing water crisis as pressures intensify from climate change, population growth and development.
  • Cancun Communiqué: Diageo signed the Cancun Communiqué urging governments to make rapid progress on a number of key issues during the sixteenth UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico.
  • Dublin Principles: the Dublin Principles provide guidance for mutually-acceptable means of co-operation, based on ethical principles, for all those concerned with alcohol consumption and its effects, including the beverage alcohol industry, public health officials, researchers, and others. The principles were adopted by consensus by an international group of experts in 1997.