|By PR Newswire||
|September 17, 2013 01:22 PM EDT||
NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Highlighting the top companies with progressive workplace programs, today Working Mother magazine named Diageo North America as one of the 2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. Diageo is recognized as a committed advocate of family-friendly workplaces with progressive programs including flexible work arrangements, paid family leave, backup childcare and health and wellness programs.
"We are honored to be recognized as a leading family-friendly company for the fifth year in a row," said Larry Schwartz, President, Diageo North America. "We firmly believe that it is good business and the right thing to do to create an environment that fosters success for all employees. One way we do that is by offering programs that help our employees balance their work and family commitments."
Diageo offers a variety of flexible working arrangements including job share, flextime, compressed hours and opportunities to work from home. The company subsidizes back-up daycare and adult/elder care, matches employees' flexible spending accounts for dependent care and reimburses a percentage of the cost for in vitro and fertility treatments. Pregnant women and new moms can take advantage of nutritional education, smoking cessation programs and access to private pumping rooms for nursing mothers. Programs for employees with tweens/teens include college preparation and placement assistance as well as counseling for substance abuse, emotional support and families. Many office locations offer on-site timesaving services such as a health club and dry cleaning dropoff/pickup, and all employees have access to a concierge service. Employees are granted up to 5 days per year of paid time off to volunteer, which can be used to be active in their children's schools or elsewhere in the community. The company also supports new ideas from employees, particularly parents and mothers who face unique challenges.
To build up a future leader pipeline, Diageo offers early career programs to attract and hire a diverse workforce and provides coaching initiatives to help employees succeed in their careers. Diageo's Spirited Women's Network employee resource group supplements these efforts by hosting regular networking receptions and career talks by female Diageo executives to inspire others and encourage diversity of thought in the company.
Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, says, "Now in its 28th year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies are leaders in building initiatives that truly support all employees. They are the vanguard of successful companies, with modern policies for American families."
The 2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies application included more than 550 questions on workforce representation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more. It surveyed the availability, usage and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. This year, particular weight was given to flexible work arrangements, women's advancement programs and paid maternity leave. The 100 Best Companies are profiled in the October/November issue of Working Mother and on the Best Companies channel on workingmother.com.
Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Windsor, Buchanan's and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray, Guinness, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards Wines.
Diageo is a global company, with its products sold 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.
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SOURCE Diageo North America