Diageo (owner of Tanqueray)
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• Diageo supports around 2,500 farmers in growing barley and help the farmers receive business training through Enterprise Uganda.
• Diageo gave $61,600 to the 2006 Federal campaign.
-- Profile Updated 07/07/2010
Diageo is a giant in the alcoholic beverage industry, that produces a wide variety of alcoholic beverages. Some of their most notable brands are Guiness, Red Stripe, Hennesy, Gordon’s Gin, Bailey’s, Godiva Liqour, Romana Sambura, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan’s, Goldschlager, Jose Cuervo, Crown Royal, Sterling Vineyard wines, J&B, Johnnie Walker, Buchanans, Bullit, and Cardhu.
There are no known affiliates associated with Diageo.
Norwalk, CT 06901 USA
• In 2008, Diageo announced that over the next two years it will build a bio-energy facility in Scotland. The new facility will cut Diageo’s annual carbon emissions by 56,000 tons. The plant will use biomass conversion to produce energy.
-- ecogeneration, 11/30/2008
• California named 3 facilities of DC&E Wines as winners in the Waste Reduction Awards Programs. In 2007, Beaulieu Vineyards recycled 3,458 tons of material. Sterling Vineyards reduced waste going to landfills by 1,200 tons through composting, waste reduction, recycling, and material use. Finally, DC&E Sonoma production facility recycled 264,000 lbs. of waste.
-- PR Newswire, 11/26/2008
• In the United States, Diageo joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership. This partnership is a joint effort of the EPA and the freight industry to increase energy efficiency and decrease air pollution.
-- All Business, 03/24/2008
• In 2007 a Diageo plant in Ireland reduced the amount of water used by 8.5% over an 8 month period and cut electric consumption back by 5%.
-- Beveragedaily.com, 07/26/2007
Ethics and Governance
• Critics questioned Diageo’s chief executive Paul Walsh’s role as the European chair of the International Business Leaders Forum, an organization which promotes using business to create a “sustainable and equitable world.” Walsh’s actions in Diageo do not reflect this philosophy. In 2009 the company decided to cut around 900 jobs and completely close two plants. A decision experts believe will bring financial ruin to the impacted communities. Despite these cuts, in 2008 Walsh received a annual salary of 2.3 million British Pounds.
-- BNet, 07/12/2009
• Diageo gave $61,600 to the 2006 US Federal campaign. 53% was donated to Republicans. 31% was donated to Democrats. 16% was given to independent candidate Joe Lieberman.
-- Source Watch, 03/08/2008
Source URL: www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Diageo
• As a multinational business, Diageo works to support the areas that it operates in. For instance, in Nigeria, Ghana, and Sierra Leone Diageo supports using locally grown sorghum and maize in brewing instead of more expensive imported barley. In Uganda, Diageo supports around 2,500 farmers in growing barley and helps the farmers receive business training through Enterprise Uganda. In addition, Diageo supports several community health initiatives in Africa.
-- Business Action for Africa, 08/12/2007
• The CSR department of Diageo is working to make sure that their business does not support human rights violations. Currently, Diageo operates out of over 180 countries many of which have human rights violations including: Kenya, Tanzania, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Ghana, Russia, Turkey, the Ivory Coast, and India. To make sure Diageo does not play a part in these violations, the CSR department of Diageo created a human rights policy with the help of Amnesty International. Diageo feels the best way they can promote change is to create breweries in these countries that can provide good jobs.
-- Guardian, 11/17/2003
Source URL: www.guardian.co.uk/society/2003/nov/17/19