Diageo plc, has been named as joint leader of the FTSE 100 companies for female representation at board level for the second year running by the 2015 Cranfield Female FTSE Board Report.
The percentage of women on Diageo’s board stands at 45.45%, with five female members on the board of 11. A sign of strength of Diageo’s commitment to gender diversity, this far exceeds the FTSE average of 23.5%, and goes further than the target set by the Davies review, which set out to achieve 25% of women serving on the boards of FTSE 100 companies by 2015. This gender balance is also reflected in Diageo’s Executive Committee which has 40% female representation with 6 women out of 15 committee members.
Leanne Wood, HR Director at Diageo said of the report, “I am delighted that Diageo is ranked top of the FTSE once again for representation of women in business. We believe that the companies who achieve the most in global business will be those with the most diverse leadership teams – encouraging gender diversity gives us a competitive advantage.