Diageo has changed significantly in recent years, as we respond to economic pressures, and the need to ensure our long-term sustainability as a business. This has meant site closures in some regions as well as downsizing in others. We support employees affected by these closures in a number of ways, but whatever the outcome, we aim to act in line with our values – ensuring that people are treated with sensitivity and dignity, and get the help they need.
This year we completed our Operating Model Review, and we are now in the process of implementing a number of changes in our business so that:
- Diageo will be the fastest growing, highest margin drinks business
- We will operate with a differentiated approach in our developed and developing markets, with greater freedom and enhanced decision rights to accelerate performance
- As a global business, our speed of thought, decision making and bias for action will lead our industry.
As we implement this programme there will be changes in many teams across our business, particularly in North America and Western Europe. Some people have already left the business to pursue their careers elsewhere, and others are still in their consultation period. We take great care to adhere to, and in many cases go beyond, local minimum notice periods and work to ensure our colleagues affected by these changes are treated with great respect.
We aim to provide information, support and where possible, relocation, to help people facing the loss of their jobs. We offer a comprehensive package of support to all and make great efforts to find new roles for those who wish to stay with us. In communities where Diageo is a significant employer, we work with local agencies on regeneration programmes.