Emily Kathryn (Kate) Gibson
Ms. Gibson leads the Global ESG team at Diageo, working across the business to ensure Diageo makes a positive contribution to society around the world.
Ms. Gibson and her team collaborate with business units and functions across Diageo to reduce environmental impacts with a focus on achieving net zero across the global value chain, delivering an integrated water stewardship agenda, making a positive difference in local communities through skills building, women’s empowerment and inclusive growth as well as leading efforts to promote responsible drinking. Ms. Gibson also plays a leadership role in non-financial/ESG reporting for Diageo.
Ms. Gibson joined Diageo in 2019 and led a diverse, cross-functional team to develop and launch Society 2030: Spirit of Progress, Diageo’s ten-year ESG action plan. Spirit of Progress and its 25 ambitious goals through to 2030 plays a critical role in helping Diageo to deliver its ambition to be one of the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products companies in the world.
Prior to joining Diageo, Ms. Gibson worked at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) as Vice President Global Corporate Responsibility, with global accountability for IHG’s environmental sustainability agenda, community impact programmes and disaster relief activities as well as leading on stakeholder engagement and ESG reporting.
Starting her career as a strategy consultant, Ms. Gibson played a leading role in corporate strategy projects for clients across the consumer products, financial services, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries in the UK, Europe, and the USA.