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.”

Mike McGrew, EVP, Chief Communications, CSR & Diversity Officer

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 Mission

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.

Championing Equity

  • 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.”

Bill Newlands, President & Chief Executive Officer

Our Mission

At Constellation Brands, we aim to foster a corporate environment in which diverse and small suppliers are encouraged to vie for our business. As a global CPG leader that is consumer obsessed, we recognize that creating partnerships with diverse suppliers is a powerful business tool and major competitive advantage. Diversity makes us stronger as a company and a corporate citizen, and therefore we are committed to promoting, developing, and nourishing relationships with a diverse group of suppliers across our supply chain. Through this approach, our Procurement organization 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.

Our Commitment

Increase business opportunities for small/diverse suppliers in Constellation Brands purchasing process by: adopting inclusive sourcing strategies that proactively promote the use of our current diverse suppliers;establishing processes that help identify qualified diverse and small vendors that are “ready, willing and able” to conduct business with Constellation; informing our current supply base about Constellation’s new Supplier Diversity Program and providing them the chance to apply; educating the company about the benefits of supplier diversity, ROI, and sharing best practices, etc., providing resources, tools and mentorship to assist in the development and growth of our diverse suppliers; and encouraging our preferred vendors to develop a Tier 2 Supplier Diversity program.

Do you have a current certification from one or more of the 10 entities listed below?

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)

Historically Underutilized Business (HUBZone)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender Business Enterprise (LGBTBE)

Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SDBE)

Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (VBE)

Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

If so, please send us a copy of your certificate(s) to supplierdiversity@cbrands.com, along with a brief overview of your company, including:

Company Name

Email Address

Number of Employees

Core Competencies

If you would like your certified diverse business to potentially become part of Constellation’s supply chain, you can begin by registering your company here: https://cbi.proveedor.biz. For more information on the Proveedor portal, please see these FAQs or reach out to us at supplierdiversity@cbrands.com.

Our DEI Strategic Priorities

Cultivate a Best-In-Class, Diverse, and Equitable Workforce

We aim to create a diverse workforce that reflects the consumers we serve and communities in which we live and operate.

Foster a Winning, Inclusive Work Culture

In seeking to cultivate a more equitable experience for underrepresented groups, we aim to create an inclusive work culture that allows a highly talented, high-performing, diverse workforce to thrive. This includes offering various forms of education, engagement training, and development across our business.

Business Resource Groups

We believe that celebrating our differences makes us stronger. By building a team as diverse as the communities we serve, we will create better products and experiences for our customers and employees. That’s why we provide opportunities for employees to advance our DEI strategic priorities through a growing community of BRGs that bring employees together around common interests, identities, perspectives, and shared experiences.

Our nine BRGs were each created to support the unique populations they serve, enhance cultural awareness, develop leadership skills, and forge relationships among colleagues. They are a manifestation of our supportive and purposeful approach to helping employees succeed and ensuring alignment around our business and DEI objectives.

BRGs are supported from the highest level with sponsorships from our executives to enhance the work experience within our Constellation family and broaden our impact in the communities we serve.

AASCEND

AASCEND (African Americans Strengthening Constellation’s Engagement, Networking and Development) works to build a sense of community that yields inspiration, motivation and professional development/advancement for African American/Black talent at all levels of our organization.

ASIAA

ASIAA’s (Accelerating Support and Inclusion for Asians and Allies) mission is to serve as a diverse and inclusive resource group that enhances the professional and personal development of its members and strengthens Constellation Brands’ commercial and consumer connections with the Asian American Pacific Islander community and its allies.

CPN

Constellation Parents Network’s (CPN) mission is to support Constellation employees throughout their entire parenthood journey, from becoming a parent to thriving professionally as a working parent or caretaker.

ECP

Early Career Professionals’ (ECP) mission is to provide development opportunities and a network for those at earlier stages in their careers, while encouraging enthusiasm for Constellation Brands.

¡Salud!

¡SALUD! (Supporting and Attracting Latinos United for Diversity and Development) is focused on connecting with, attracting, and supporting the Hispanic/Latinx community within Constellation Brands.

SAGE

SAGE (Setting A Great Example) mission is to bring expertise to our work, our profession and our communities and inspire ongoing development of the late-career stage employees and others throughout the organization – forging a path and reigniting a sense of purpose.

Stellar Pride

Stellar Pride’s mission is to advocate for employees of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities through inclusive policies and practices and by conducting education and engagement activities internally and externally.

WISE

WISE (Win. Inspire. Support. Elevate.) mission is to create impactful change in our business and communities by elevating and advancing women. WISE works to achieve its goals through engaging with the workforce, developing relevant programming, and forming partnerships with allies.

VALOR

Valor’s mission is to foster a workplace that recognizes, connects, and empowers Constellation’s community of veterans, service members, and first responders and to create a collective experience to facilitate professional development, work productivity, and a sense of belonging.

Women's Leadership Development Program

The Women's Leadership Development Program is an advanced program for senior female leaders at Constellation. The WLDP leverages a partnership with Linkage, Inc. and their Women in Leadership Institute. Nominated and chosen participants engage in a host of continuous development activities, such as individual coaching, sponsorship and more.