Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Constellation Brands
We believe our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals aren’t just the right thing to do, but are critical components to our future success. We must have diverse perspectives influencing our decision making to continue building best-in-class brands that resonate with all the diverse consumers we serve. It’s why DEI is built into our strategic business priorities.
Below you can learn more about how we’re building an inclusive, winning culture, and the actions we are taking to advance equity for underrepresented groups within our company, our industry, and our communities.
“As a consumer-obsessed company, our mission is to build brands that people love. We’ll do that best when we, as a workforce, reflect the viewpoints, perspectives and values of consumers we serve. Our DE&I strategy helps drive a company-wide mindset that weaves diversity, equity and inclusion into everything we do, enabling us to build an inclusive work culture while staying ahead of today’s evolving consumer landscape. For us, DE&I is both the right thing to do and critical to building a strong, sustainable business that continues to succeed over the long-term.”
Our visionary employee base reflects the diverse communities and consumers that we serve, positively impacting our business performance and creating stronger connections with our consumers.
Together – and only together – we become stronger, and are able to continually build on our success.
Together, we shine.
Our DEI mission is to foster an inclusive culture characterized by diversity in background and thought that reflects our consumers and the communities where we live and work, and where all employees feel welcomed as their authentic selves. We believe this culture enables our employees to shine and our business to connect in a meaningful way with our stakeholders, leading to continued mutual success.
Our DEI vision is to cultivate a workforce and culture that enables successful execution of our business strategy, which enhances our reputation as a destination for top diverse talent, and that creates sustainable competitive advantage.
We recognize that work remains, and we are committed to doing our part. In our journey to better reflect the diverse consumers and communities we serve, we place focus on closing our biggest representation gaps to build a best-in-class, diverse workforce and work to further develop an inclusive culture to create equitable experiences for all through training, education, and awareness building. We also recognize our role as a global business leader and are committed to being a force for social equity and positive change both within and beyond our walls.
Here are just some of the ways we are moving forward through our actions and partnerships:
Leading with Accountability
- Recognizing that change often happens when there’s support at the executive level, our CEO, Bill Newlands, has committed to participate in the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion – the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advancing diversity & inclusion within the workplace.
- Leadership of our DEI strategy has been elevated to our Executive Management Committee and has Board oversight to help ensure DEI is factored into our business decision making.
- To help improve representation within our industry, we have established our Focus on Female Founders and Focus on Minority Founders ventures initiatives, whereby we have committed to invest a combined total of $100 million in female-led and founded companies and $100 million in Black/African American, Latinx, and minority-owned businesses over the next 10 years.
- To drive greater social equity within our walls and beyond, we have established a multi-year partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative and contribution of $1 million to further EJI’s mission and to support training opportunities for Constellation leadership.
- To foster a winning, inclusive culture, we support and champion a diverse network of Business Resource Groups, each of which is supported by an executive-level sponsor.
“Diversity, equity, and inclusion have never been more important, and we are committed both personally and professionally to ensuring that our leadership and culture genuinely exemplify the unique perspectives and experiences of all who contribute to Constellation Brands.”
Advancing Supplier Diversity at CBI
At Constellation Brands, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is not limited to our workforce. As a global CPG leader, we are creating processes and strategies to enhance our supplier diversity initiative and to seek diverse and small suppliers whose values align with ours.
Supplier diversity is a business practice that provides historically excluded businesses equal access to bid for procurement and sourcing opportunities. Our mission is to create the opportunity for growth among startups and minority firms, allowing them to compete with larger, more established companies – all while broadening our supplier base and achieving our deliverables.
A diverse supplier is a business that is at least 51 percent owned, operated, controlled, and managed by an individual or group that is part of a traditionally underrepresented or underserved group. Common classifications are small-business enterprises (SBEs), minority business enterprises (MBEs), woman business enterprises (WBEs), lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender business enterprises (LGBTBEs), veteran business enterprises (VBEs) and disabled business enterprises (DBEs).
We recognize promoting, developing, and empowering diverse firms is a powerful business practice and major competitive advantage. Through this approach, our procurement organization and category leaders will have access to the best goods and services while contributing to the long-term economic sustainability of the communities in which we live and work.
Constellation Brands Supplier Diversity Mission
Constellation Brands is committed to providing enterprise-wide sourcing opportunities for diverse suppliers and will continue to identify, source, nurture, and empower a supply chain that reflects our workforce, customers, and global markets where we work and serve.
Achieve greater equity for diverse suppliers at CBI and within communities through increased accountability and action.
If you wish to be considered as a supplier and to participate in bidding opportunities, please click this link https://constellationbrands.supplierone.co and it will direct you to our registration portal. Upon completion of your profile, if there is a need for your service and/or product, our category leaders will reference this database when considering suppliers for bids.