Diageo named one of "Best Workplaces in Canada" for 2009



    Sole beverage alcohol company recognized on annual list

    TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - Diageo Canada, part of the world's leading
premium beverage alcohol company, has been officially named one of 2009's
"Best Workplaces in Canada."
    The honour was bestowed by the Great Place to Work(R) Institute Canada,
which releases an annual ranking of the country's best workplaces. This year,
more than 230 companies were nominated and almost 30,000 employees across the
country were surveyed. Diageo is the sole beverage alcohol company recognized
in this year's list.
    "We are tremendously proud to be officially recognized as one of the best
places to work in Canada," says Debra Kelly-Ennis, President, Diageo Canada.
"Employee satisfaction and engagement is vital to the ongoing success of
Diageo. Being recognized in this way says that the value we place on our
employees has traction, and that means a lot to us."
    As a global operation, Diageo has previously been recognized among the
best workplaces in a number of countries, including Ireland, Spain, Portugal,
Germany, Venezuela, Columbia, Brazil and Mexico.
    "This recognition is a testament to the commitment, dedication and
contribution of our employees which aligns with our corporate priorities -
People, Culture, Values," continues Kelly-Ennis. "For example, our partnership
with Evergreen, a national, non-profit environmental organization which helps
protect and enhance green space across the country, is an employee-driven
initiative that directly reflects the desire to give back to the communities
where we live and work."
    As a part of their commitment to corporate social responsibility, Diageo
Canada has planted approximately 8,000 new trees in communities across Canada
with Evergreen.
    This is the fourth year the Great Place to Work Institute has published
its Canadian listing. Employee response accounts for two-thirds of a company's
score and measures the relationships between employees and management, their
jobs/organization and other employees.

    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, wine and
beer. 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 some 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 http://www.diageo.com.
    Celebrating life, every day, everywhere, responsibly.

    About the Great Place to Work(R) Institute

    Great Place to Work(R) Institute is a global research and management
consultancy with expertise on workplace transformation and a presence in 40
countries worldwide. Our mission is to improve society by creating better
workplaces. We are best-known for our global Best Workplaces Programme, which
we produce in conjunction with prestigious media partners such as the
Financial Times and Fortune. With over 3,800 organizations taking part in 40
national lists across the globe, the programme is the world's largest of its
kind. We believe passionately that any company or organization can become a
great place to work. Our mission is to help you do it.





For further information:

For further information: Alanna Stone, Diageo Canada, T: (416) 626-2000
ext. 6662, E: alanna.stone@diageo.com


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