Employees in Four Countries Participate in One-Day Event
More than 100 Organizations Worldwide Benefit from Company Program
VICTOR, N.Y., August 4, 2014 - More than $125,000 in charitable giving is now making its way to over 100 organizations around the world, following the success of Constellation Brands' first-ever Employee Match Day, which took place July 23 and engaged Constellation employees in four countries.
The organizations receiving financial support from Constellation Brands, all chosen by the company's employees, range from health care to arts centers, and food banks to environmental causes. Constellation at the corporate level matched all employee donations 1:1. As an incentive to stimulate giving, Constellation picked 10 employee charities at random and donated an additional $1,000 to each.
Dedicating a single day for all employees to donate in unison is a new feature of the company's Employee Match Program, which debuted in 2011 and has distributed nearly half a million dollars overall. Single day contributions from the first Employee Match Day were equivalent to previous full-year campaigns.
"Our goal with Employee Match Day was to make an even bigger impact in giving back to our communities, and we succeeded beyond our expectations," said Ginny Clark, senior vice president public affairs. "We're very proud to see how deeply our philosophy of giving back is embraced by our employees, wherever we do business around the world."
Employees in four countries - the U.S., Canada, Italy and New Zealand - took part in the Employee Match Day program.
"We were thrilled with the response from our employees," said Rob Sands, president and chief executive officer, Constellation Brands, Inc. "As our company grows, so does our longstanding tradition of giving back in the communities where we live and work. The momentum from our first Employee Match Day will elevate all of our charitable giving."
This fall, Constellation Brands plans to introduce a new giving back initiative, Nourishing Neighbors, designed to fight hunger in the communities where employees live and work. The program will launch October 20-25, 2014 and focus on donating food, time and dollars to local food banks and related organizations.
About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. In 2013, Constellation was one of the best performing stocks in the S&P 500. Constellation is the number three beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic, imported brands including Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo and Pacifico. Constellation is also the world's leader in premium wine selling great brands that people love including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Rex Goliath, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and Jackson-Triggs. The company's premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka and Black Velvet Canadian Whisky.
Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand-building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, sales in approximately 100 countries, about 40 facilities and approximately 6,300 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.
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