Giving Back

Giving Back

Our commitment to giving back is brought to life by the passion shown by our employees. Our founder, Marvin Sands, made giving back an essential component of our values. As we have grown, this culture has been enhanced by the people and companies that have become part of the Constellation family.

As an employee, our commitment to CSR programs is important to me because I was raised to believe in helping others within our community. I feel strongly that CSR priorities should be focused on the young and the elderly, our two most vulnerable populations.

- Marta Paras, assistant, wine tracking

Nourishing Neighbors

Our Nourishing Neighbors initiative, started in 2014, enhances the grassroots efforts of our employees through a unified, company-wide strategy. Employees are given paid time off to volunteer, and together with the company, donate food and money to help fight hunger in our communities.

We partner with Blessings in a Backpack, a global organization fighting childhood hunger, and other local food banks in our communities. The money we donate through the initiative are used to provide much-needed food services to hundreds of children at schools in our local communities.

During our 2017 Nourishing Neighbors Month of Giving Back: 1000+ employees volunteered, we collected 50,000+ pounds of food, and company and employee donations totaled $200,000.

1000+

employees volunteered

50K+

pounds of food collected at company locations

$200K

in employee and company donations to Blessings in a Backpack and other food banks

One of Constellation’s values is people, and I love seeing our people not only supporting but leading many of our giving back efforts. Together we truly can make a difference in the communities where we live and work.

- Sarah Axelrod, field sales manager

Community Giving

Our community giving efforts focus on arts and culture, healthcare, and education. These areas are important to our company and our employees, and we support organizations around the world with monetary and product support.

Health Care

We support several health care organizations and initiatives around the world, including the American Cancer Society, Rochester Regional Health System, F.F. Thompson Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Lodi Memorial Hospital, the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, InterVol, and the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure.

Education

We target our giving in support of children with developmental challenges, programs that support wine and culinary education, and science and business curriculums. A few examples include the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis, Finger Lakes Community College, the University of Illinois, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, the Napa Valley Unified School District, the New York Wine and Culinary Center, and The Oxbow School.

Arts & Culture

We believe arts and culture are an integral piece of thriving communities. In addition to our concert series at the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) and Robert Mondavi Winery, we also support arts and cultural organizations like the Nazareth College Arts Center, the Napa Valley Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

$5M

In FY17 Donations Through Our Corporate Community Giving Program

2500

Not-For-Profit Organizations Supported Worldwide in FY17

100K+

Bottles Of Wine, Beer, And Spirits Donated To Charitable Events in FY17

* Total includes monetary, in-kind, and pro-bono donations made through our corporate community giving program, not donations made by our divisions or brands.

The biggest thing for me as a person is being able to give back. I have a great job at Constellation, and it allows me to transfer some of my energy to volunteering. Helping my neighbors is something that I truly enjoy.

- Eric Ramey, manager, national accounts

Employee Match Program

We match employee contributions, dollar-for-dollar, to the eligible charity of their choice once per year. This allows Constellation to contribute to causes our employees are most passionate about. To increase participation in the program, we dedicate a single day - Employee Match Day - for all employees to donate in unison, and add in incentives for participation. Between employee donations, the company match and special incentives, our Employee Match Day in July 2017 resulted in a total of $400,000 in donations to over 300 organizations, and more than 570 employees participated.

Constellation employees - click here to apply for your employee match online.

$2.5M

in donations through our Employee Match Program since it began in 2011.

Coming from experience with not-for-profit organizations and now working in a for-profit company, it’s important to me that I can still engage with the corporate workplace in a deeply satisfying, humane way by continuing to support social justice issues.

- Joanna Pernick, coordinator, quality and winemaking