How Diageo Train Staff in Sustainable Procurement

How do Diageo Train Their Procurement and Supply Chain Staff in Sustainable Procurement Practices?

International beverage company Diageo has a vast procurement operation supporting over 200 brands, with sales in nearly 180 countries worldwide. To help their procurement and supply chain teams fulfil the wider company sustainability goals, they are following a strategy of up-skilling key staff in environmental management training. 

The company partners with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) to fund the training and certification in its sustainable procurement and supply chain sustainability teams.

How does IEMA certification help Diageo procurement management?  

The training and management course covers a broad range of skills, including environmental, sustainability and governance principles. IEMA’s Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management gives the team a wider knowledge of the sustainability landscape, and the key management skills and tools to work in the area.

“I’m delighted that Diageo is offering IEMA’s environmental management training to our Sustainable Procurement and Supply Chain Sustainability teams. It not only demonstrates Diageo’s commitment to learning and development, but also our ambition to deliver on our sustainability goals,” said Andy Griffiths, Head of Sustainable Procurement at Diageo

“As a fellow at IEMA, I know firsthand the benefits this training can bring for our teams and I’m really looking forward to seeing the benefits as we put the learnings into practice.”

Initially 45 team members were engaged in the strategy to receive the certification, which then allows them access to events, networking, news updates and resources to allow them to stay up to date with latest developments. 

“IEMA, the institute representing environment and sustainability professionals around the world, is delighted to be supporting Diageo in building the capability, skills, knowledge and capacity needed to deliver their ambitious sustainability goals,” says Alan Darby, Corporate Partnership Manager at IEMA.   

“Working closely with Diageo’s Sustainable Procurement and Supply Chain Sustainability teams, we have developed a comprehensive programme of support to ensure colleagues can achieve appropriate levels of professional recognition.”

Alan Darby, Corporate Partnership Manager at IEMA (Credit: LinkedIn)

Sustainability training for Diageo suppliers

Diageo also follows a strategy of training and developing a sustainable supply chain programme for diverse owned businesses in their procurement ecosystem.  

The course helps diverse owned businesses develop improved sustainability practices to improve their performance and their competitive advantage in the global marketplace. The training covers a range of topics including best practices for sustainable sourcing, reducing waste and emissions, and engaging with their own suppliers on sustainability practices.

The course is a collaboration between  WeConnect International, Danone, Google, and IEMA to interact with suppliers from a wide range of sectors, for businesses that are minority-owned, women-owned, disability-owned, and LGBTQIA+ owned.

Ewan Andrew, President Global Supply & Procurement, Chief Sustainability Officer at Diageo (Credit: LinkedIn)

“We recognise that delivering our stretching Society 20230: Spirit of Progress ambitions cannot be done in isolation. Partnering with peers and leading advocacy organisations will build knowledge and combine networks to create opportunities for diverse-owned businesses to enhance their environmental sustainability capability,” said Ewan Andrew, President Global Supply & Procurement, Chief Sustainability Officer at Diageo. 

“We are committed to pioneering Grain-to-Glass sustainability and accelerating inclusion and diversity across our value chain, with this programme a huge milestone in our journey to a more sustainable and inclusive world.” 

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