Diageo Celebrates International Women's Day to Accelerate Gender Equality in the Workplace and Beyond

Diageo | March 02, 2020

Diageo is celebrating International Women's Day across its offices and sites worldwide. Celebrations will focus on a series of events and panel discussions linked to the 2020 theme 'each for equal' examining how we can all individually act as allies for gender equality. Each of Diageo's 28,000 employees will be given the opportunity to make an #EachForEqual pledge to declare how they will help accelerate gender equality and champion inclusion and diversity in the workplace and beyond. Diageo is also joining the global conversation around International Women's Day, releasing a collection of candid video interviews with female Diageo employees in a variety of roles and locations. In the videos each interviewee shares her inspirational career journey and powerful experiences of contributing to a culture of inclusion, as well as advice to people everywhere on being allies for change.

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Innovation is a constant in the information technology industry, continuously changing the way services are delivered to the business and to end users. From the mainframe era on to the Internet stage, we’re now experiencing the fifth IT wave, an era in which social, mobile, analytics and cloud (aka the SMAC Stack) are forming a new digital foundation with which to power business.

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Innovation is a constant in the information technology industry, continuously changing the way services are delivered to the business and to end users. From the mainframe era on to the Internet stage, we’re now experiencing the fifth IT wave, an era in which social, mobile, analytics and cloud (aka the SMAC Stack) are forming a new digital foundation with which to power business.

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Mineral | December 09, 2021

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ServiceNow | June 06, 2022

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Valsoft Corporation | September 03, 2021

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