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Diageo Named One of 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother Magazine

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Diageo, the world's leading spirits, beer and wine company, has been named one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine for its unwavering dedication to family-friendly benefits. Diageo is recognized alongside the world's most progressive companies who endeavor to help mothers excel in the workplace while balancing the demands of a family. With top marks in workforce profile, compensation, childcare, flexibility, family-friendly programs, company culture, time off and leaves, Diageo is recognized as a proud leader and committed advocate of family-friendly workplaces.

"This honor validates what we have long considered a point of pride at Diageo. Our working mothers are a true example of the Diageo culture and our mission to 'Celebrate Life, Every Day. Everywhere,'" said Eliana Zem, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Diageo North America. "We strive to create an inclusive environment where people feel valued and celebrated for their individual skills and contributions, can always be themselves, and have a balance between their work and home lives."

"Moms are increasingly becoming the sole breadwinners in many households as men lose their jobs at a higher rate than women," said Suzanne Riss, Editor in Chief, Working Mother magazine. "Now more than ever, our readers and all working mothers need the support of their employers. By offering benefits like paid maternity leave, the ability to work from home and wellness programs, as well as programs that enhance financial well-being, our 100 Best are helping to reduce stress in the busy lives of working moms. These companies epitomize family-friendly support at its best."

By contrast, national numbers(1) are dismal, with just 25 percent of companies offering on-site lactation (vs. 100 percent of the 100 Best), 11 percent with stress reduction programs (vs. 96 percent of the 100 Best), 35 percent offering health insurance for part-timers (vs. 99 percent of the 100 Best) and 16 percent offering job-sharing (vs. 98 percent of the 100 Best).

Diageo's flexible working arrangements, which include job share, flextime, compressed hours and working from home are all available to ensure that employees with diverse needs can balance their personal and work responsibilities. Many office locations offer on-site services to help employees ease the tension between work responsibilities and a balanced life, including health clubs, laundry and dry cleaning services, and even film development and banking services. Should any existing policies not meet the personal needs of Diageo's employees - particularly parents and mothers who face unique challenges - Diageo encourages employees to present new ideas.

"While working at Diageo, I have had the opportunity to truly build my family, both professionally and personally," said Christina Ruggiero, Vice President Procurement, Diageo North America. "As a mother of two children under three and a corporate vice president, my days are challenging and hectic. I have always felt supported to ensure that my family is a priority. Having the flexibility to run to a doctor's appointment or to see a school play, solidifies my full engagement to all of Diageo's priorities."

Diageo was selected for the 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 500 questions on workforce, compensation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more. It also surveys the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. Seven areas were measured and scored: workforce profile, benefits, women's issues and advancement, child care, flexible work, parental leave and company culture. For this year's 100 Best, particular weight was given to benefits, flexibility and parental leave.

About Diageo

Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.

Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE).

For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at Diageo.com. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

About Working Mother Media

Celebrating 30 years, Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers while workingmother.com brings to the Web a broad range of insight and solutions served to working mothers every day. Working Mother's 24-year signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work-life practices in corporate America. With offices in New York and Washington, D.C., Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corp., includes the National Association for Female Executives, Diversity Best Practices, the WorkLife Congress and the Multicultural Women's Conference and Town Halls. Working Mother Media's mission is to champion cultural change.

(1) National statistics are taken from a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management.

SOURCE Diageo

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