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  • Posted: Oct 19, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks company, a business built on the principles and foundations laid by the giants of our industry.
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    Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement Manager

    Grade: Level 5A

    Reports to: Group Corporate Relations Director

    About us

    With names such as Baileys, Guinness, Smirnoff, and Johnnie Walker, at Diageo, we boast a wealth of admired brands that few can rival. It’s our goal to be the most trusted and respected consumer goods company in the world. And our Corporate Relations team plays a central role – protecting and promoting our much-prized reputation.

    Thinking digitally and globally, our Corporate Relations teamwork as business owners and strategic partners to transform the competitive environment within which we operate, unlocking value in a variety of different ways.

    Acting as the link with governments, businesses and consumers, our highly experienced specialists create and manage a dynamic and consistent narrative worldwide with a particular focus on the next decade. They also influence our public policy, tax, trade and market access work, as well as lead partner management around the responsible use of alcohol. Their work within the business is equally important, providing advice and guidance as well as analytics and insight to senior Diageo leaders, and anticipating, mitigating and communicating risk.

    Join our Corporate Relations team and, if you’re driven, resilient and share our pride in our heritage, you can build an exceptional career with us.

    Purpose of Role

    The role of the Corporate Relations function is to take action to ensure Diageo’s license to operate, enhance our license to grow and unlock our license to celebrate. Through making progress in these areas, the function will help Diageo to deliver its performance ambition in terms of both “best performing” and “most trusted and respected.”

    The role of the Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement Manager will have the below main focus areas:

    1. Developing and implementing select sustainability initiatives under the Society 2030: Spirit of progress action plan. This will be critical in the delivery of positive impact on the society everywhere we live, work, source and sell across – collaborating with a wide range of teams to embed Must Do 5 (Inclusion & Diversity) and Must Do 6 (Grain to Glass Sustainability).
    2. Stakeholder Engagement – the holder will establish and maintain relationships of trust with a wide array of stakeholders in government, NGOs and multilateral organizations, among others, in order to champion KBL’s interests and scope out partnerships that strengthen the means, scale and ultimately impact of KBL’s sustainability goals and programmes. This will be crucial in driving the KBL strategy, specifically on reputation as a key strategic enabler by ensuring that KBL is a respected partner by stakeholders for being best in class in compliance, brand protection and sustainability.
    3. Serve as the CR business partner for East African Maltings Limited (EAML). By handling all CR-related matters in the business unit, the role holder will support KBL’s strategy in driving the “supply footprint” enabler, which seeks to guarantee consistent great quality raw material supply through an advantaged but fit-for-purpose value chain.

    Key Accountabilities


    CR Business Partner for EAML

    • Promote and upscale the integration of sustainability (society 2030 goals) into EAML strategy and operations.
    • Liaise with communications colleagues to deliver effective internal and external communication initiatives at EAML.
    • Identify and manage CR-related risks and vulnerabilities at EAML, and represent CR in EAML RMC sessions.
    • Support senior leaders in external engagements on EAML matters.
    • Serve as the go-to person for any other CR-related matters at EAML.

    Local Raw Materials (LRM)

    • Sustainable agriculture – collaborate closely with the agribusiness team in designing, developing and embedding sustainable agriculture practices in the agriculture value chain.
    • Embed Inclusion and Diversity in the LRM value chain by ensuring that persons with disabilities, women, youth and other underrepresented groups become represented in the agriculture value chain.
    • Reputation management – gather information through extensive networking and visits to LRM regions and uncover any potential reputation risks and proactively enhance our reputation.
    • LRM branding – produce communications collaterals and branding materials for LRM programmes and events in order to enhance our reputation.
    • Supporting EABL Foundation initiatives such as water of life and learning for line in LRM Regions

    Circular economy

    • Serve as an internal expert on circular economy and climate change (including related legislation) and provide ongoing guidance to relevant teams in the business.
    • In close collaboration with supply chain and facilities colleagues, find new and better ways to reduce, reuse, recycle waste from our factories and offices.
    • Run the plastics agenda in line with the Kenya government’s priorities on minimizing plastics harm, Diageo Africa's participation at the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance and the industrywide Plastics Action Plan by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers.
    • Lead the extended producer responsibility agenda for KBL’s post-consumer packaging waste, i.e. plastics, cans and glass.
    • Drive the external sustainable waste management initiatives in partnership with commercial and supply chain teams.
    • Drive thought leadership in Circular Economy as a driver of reputation

    Human Rights

    • Manage local governance of the Human Rights Policy and the reporting process.
    • Establish and chair the local human rights working group.
    • Own the Human Rights Impact Assessment action plan, partnering with other functions to address action items, reviewing progress and reporting through the Societal Impact Scorecard
    • Provide training to other functions and stakeholders to help them understand, assess and mitigate relevant human rights risks.

    Inclusion and Diversity

    • Promote inclusive business models within KBL that empower marginalized groups where we source, work, sell and in our communities.
    • Partner with HR, procurement and other functions to drive inclusion and empowerment of underrepresented groups e.g., PWDs, not only among KBL employees but also in the rest of the business’ value chain.
    • In collaboration with other functions, find opportunities to advance the empowerment of women in the workplace, marketplace, and communities.
    • Support the development and revision of the communication on  website and other channels to ensure that it is inclusive and non-discriminatory.
    • Promote the adoption and implementation of policies on inclusion and diversity in the business.
    • Drive thought leadership inclusion & diversity as a source of reputation


    LRM External Stakeholders Management

    • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in LRM growing areas, including but limited to the county executive, members of parliament, members of the county assembly and senior county civil servants.
    • Scope out collaboration opportunities and partnerships with government and multilateral organisations in agriculture such as Ministry of Agriculture, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), World Food Programme (WFP) and Cereal Growers Association (CGA)
    • Identify and recommend research papers, studies and white papers to drive evidence-based advocacy
    • Produce materials and narratives to engage stakeholders on the impact of LRM in communities in which we operate and the country at large.
    • Lead advocacy and engagements to create an enabling regulatory environment for the agribusiness team to thrive by unlocking challenges such as cess, county regulations, etc.
    • Drive stakeholder engagements on EABL Foundation projects in LRM areas


    Sustainability related legislation

    • Lead advocacy, external engagements and policy issues related to corporate sustainability.
    • Local Policy Cohesion for Development (PCD) – Leverage the relationships and impact narratives in LRM and other areas of sustainability to support the public policy team in lobbying and advocacy engagements
    • Environmental licenses – work with supply colleagues by offering liaison with relevant regulators such as NEMA in seeking approvals, negotiations and permits.
    • Provide the business with insights and updates on sustainability-related regulations to support decision-making and compliance.


    • Truly embrace SDG 17 (partnership for the goals) in developing and growing a wide array of partnerships from the development world, NGOs, United Nations agencies, and other multilateral organisations to strengthen the means and scale of KBL initiatives in LRM, circular economy, human rights, diversity and inclusion. 
    • Establishing and managing relationships with BMOs such as (but not limited to) Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Kenya Extended Producer Responsibility Organization, Kenya Private Sector Alliance and United Nations Global Compact Network Kenya.
    • Government engagements – nurture relationships with the ministry of environment, ministry of agriculture, NEMA, etc, and seek opportunities for partnerships and enhancing KBL’s reputation in compliance and sustainability
    • Manage external partnerships with stakeholders in diversity and inclusion initiatives such as Sightsavers and UN Global Compact
    • Engage and effectively manage any other partners, suppliers and specialist consultants when required.

    Diversity statement

    Celebrating our inclusive and diverse culture is core to Diageo’s purpose of “celebrating life every day everywhere”. This purpose is, in itself, inclusive in nature, as it values everybody irrespective of background, disability, religion, gender identity, sexuality or ethnicity.

    We know that for our business to thrive and for Diageo to realize its ambition, we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate and to reflect our broad consumer base. We view diversity as one of the key enablers that helps our business to grow and our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.

    Flexibility is key to success in our business and many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time, compressed hours, flexible location. Please talk to us about what flexibility means to you and don’t let anything stop you from applying.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Diageo on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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