Mairéad Nayager

Recognising the importance of diversity to Diageo’s business ambitions, Mairéad led efforts across the business to put a real focus on ensuring they are recruiting, developing and retaining people of all backgrounds, which includes people from all ethnic backgrounds. In South Africa, Mairéad worked to transform Diageo JV’s approach on the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment agenda, significantly improving its BBBEE contribution from a ‘Level 8’ contributor to ‘Level 6’ over 3 years, with Diageo SA now 100% compliant at ‘Level 4’. Following Diageo’s recent pledge to improve the career outcomes for BAME employees in the UK, they have signed the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter, and Mairéad has become Diageo’s ‘Executive Sponsor for Race’. She is also executive sponsor for the newly formed ‘REACH’ Employee Resource Group, which aims to foster an inclusive working environment where everyone can be at their best, by providing a community structure and support system that promotes the recruitment, retention and development of ethnically diverse employees.

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