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Diageo Asia Pacifi c comprises India, the People's Republic of China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and other Asian markets, Australia and New Zealand. Diageo works with a number of joint venture partners in Asia Pacifi c. In Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macau, the People's Republic of China,
Thailand and Japan, Diageo distributes the majority of its spirits brands through joint venture arrangements with Moët
Hennessy. Diageo has established in-market companies in China (for brands not included in the joint venture such as Smirnoff and Baileys) and Vietnam (for all brands). In South Korea and Taiwan, Diageo's own distribution companies distribute the majority of Diageo's brands. In Japan, during the year ended 30 June 2009, Diageo and Kirin Brewery Co Ltd formed a joint venture to expand distribution of Diageo products and contribute to the growth objectives of both companies. Kirin now distributes Guinness beer and Smirnoff Ice. Other spirits and wine brands, which are not distributed by either the Moët Hennessy joint venture or Kirin, are handled by third parties. In Malaysia, Diageo's
own and third party beers are brewed and distributed by a listed business (Guinness Anchor Berhad) in which Diageo and its partner, Asia Pacifi c Breweries, have a majority share through a jointly controlled joint venture company. In Singapore, Diageo's beer brands are brewed and distributed by Asia Pacific Breweries. In India, distribution of both imported and locally produced products is achieved through a combination of Diageo's own distribution company and
third party distributors. A joint venture has been formed with Radico Khaitan to manufacture and distribute certain premium local spirits, the fi rst of which was Masterstroke.
Pillsbury/General Mills Diageo acquired an investment in the shares of General Mills on the disposal of Pillsbury to General Mills in October 2001. On 4 October 2004, Diageo sold 50 million shares of common stock in General Mills and transferred a further 4 million shares to the Diageo UK pension fund and Diageo ceased to be an affi liate of General Mills for US federal securities laws purposes at that time. In November 2005, Diageo sold its remaining 25 million shares of common stock of General Mills.
Diageo completed the disposal of Burger King on 13 December 2002.
Diageo seeks to fulfi l its responsibilities as a corporate citizen in a number of areas, including through examining its impact on the environment and its policies relating to employees as well as social and community matters. Diageo has set stretching targets to reduce its impact on the environment, and to benefi t the planet, the communities in which it operates and the business. The Diageo executive environmental working group is responsible for setting policy. This year, the working group revised and re-issued Diageo's environmental policy to refl ect the increased
ambition the company has for environmental improvement. The policy is supported by Diageo's risk management framework which sets implementation criteria and provides a mechanism for monitoring compliance. As stated
in Diageo's policy, the company's actions on the environment are planned in light of prevailing scientific knowledge and do not depend on having absolute proof of specifi c damage, thus supporting the concept of a precautionary approach. The release of greenhouse gases - notably carbon dioxidegenerated by burning fossil fuels - has an impact on climate change which, either directly or indirectly, presents considerable risk both to business and the planet. The risk include impacts on the agriculture on which the company depends for raw materials, disruption of the
company's operations or those of commercial partners, and changes to the nature or distribution of consumer demand. Diageo assumes that the risks from climate change could be mitigated if releases of greenhouse gases
were sufficiently diminished and, as such, has worked for many years to reduce direct emissions (from fuels) and indirect emissions (from electricity). Diageo recognises that its success in the future will depend in part on the prosperity of the communities in which the company operates and the strength of its relationships with those communities. Supporting long term sustainable initiatives in the communities where Diageo does business advances development of those communities, engages employees, builds the company's reputation and enhances its
relationships with governments and other stakeholders. Diageo focuses on projects that develop skills, increase access to water, promote conservation, support employees and respond to natural disasters. Diageo takes pride in its
record of community investment. Most of this investment comes from Diageo businesses around the world in the form of cash, in-kind donations and volunteer time. It also includes grants from the Diageo Foundation and support for the community aspects of responsible drinking projects from Diageo's Responsible Drinking Fund. In addition to global
initiatives, Diageo supports direct involvement by employees to benefit local communities. In difficult economic circumstances, Diageo employees chose World Water Day to show their commitment to the company's community programme through co-ordinated activities in support of Diageo's Africa Water of Life programme. There were 30 ‘Make a Splash' events in 20 countries for employees and their families to enjoy, including half marathons, fun days, writing contests and water conservation games. More than £1.7 million was raised and donated to the Water of Life
1 Million Challenge and other community water projects.
Diageo is a major participant in the branded beverage alcohol industry and operates globally.
It brings together world-class brands and a management team committed to the maximisation of shareholder value. The management team expects to continue its strategy of investing in global brands, expanding internationally and launching innovative new products and brands.Diageo produces and distributes a leading collection of branded premium spirits, beer and wine.
The wide range of premium brands it produces and distributes includes Smirnoff vodka, Johnnie Walker scotch whisky, Baileys Original Irish Cream liqueur, Captain Morgan rum, J&B scotch whisky, Tanqueray gin and Guinness stout. In addition it also has the distribution rights for the José Cuervo tequila brands in North America and many other markets.