UK – Diageo, a global leader in alcoholic beverages, has announced the launch of its groundbreaking Sustainable Supply Chain Programme in a significant move towards bolstering sustainability and diversity in the business world.

The premier initiative aims to provide diverse-owned businesses with the knowledge and tools necessary to adopt environmentally sustainable practices, ultimately enhancing their competitiveness and sustainability within the global value chain.

The Sustainable Supply Chain Programme, which is a joint effort between Diageo, WeConnect International, Danone, Google, and IEMA, is set to benefit up to 150 diverse-owned businesses from various sectors.

These businesses encompass minority-owned, women-owned, disability-owned, and LGBTQIA+-owned enterprises, highlighting the program’s commitment to inclusivity.

Ewan Andrew, President of Global Supply & Procurement and Chief Sustainability Officer at Diageo, emphasized the importance of collaboration in achieving sustainability goals.

 “We recognize that delivering our stretching Society 2030: Spirit of Progress ambitions cannot be done in isolation,” he said.

“Partnering with peers and leading advocacy organizations will build knowledge and combine networks to create opportunities for diverse-owned businesses to enhance their environmental sustainability capability.”

The program, spanning approximately 12 to 20 hours of training, will cover a wide range of topics critical to sustainability, including best practices for sustainable sourcing, waste reduction, emission control, and engagement with suppliers on sustainability issues.

By equipping these businesses with the necessary expertise, Diageo aims to inspire the implementation of sustainable practices throughout their operations.

One of the key objectives of the Sustainable Supply Chain Programme is to foster a more sustainable and inclusive value chain.

The initiative aligns with Diageo’s overarching commitment to their “Society 2030: Spirit of Progress” priorities, which address the most material issues affecting the company, its people, brands, suppliers, and communities.

Mr Andrew added that the program will progress the company’s commitments to accelerating inclusion and diversity in its value chain and pioneering grain-to-glass sustainability.

“By upskilling diverse-owned businesses, we empower them to make their businesses more sustainable, which makes our value chain more sustainable.”

The launch of this program signifies a significant milestone in Diageo’s journey towards a more sustainable and inclusive world.

Additionally, the initiative seeks to reinforce the company’s dedication to sustainability, environmental responsibility, and fostering a diverse and equitable business environment.

In a world where sustainability and diversity are recognized as essential pillars of responsible business practices, the programme sets a commendable example of corporate collaboration, offering diverse-owned businesses the tools they need to thrive in an ever-evolving global market.

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