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 vision is to champion an inclusive culture characterized by diversity in background and thought, which reflects our consumers and the communities where we live and work, that ultimately enables inclusive business decisions and creates a 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 Pillars

Employee Engagement and Programs

Our Business Resource Groups advance our Diversity & Inclusion goals, as well as connect and empower employees with common goals, interests and objectives.

Insights

Workforce data, benchmarking and best practices ensure that we’re constantly assessing the state of our business and informing opportunities, such as succession planning, talent development and recruitment

Training and Education

We offer and continuously fine-tune a suite of tools and resources to support and help employees build cultural awareness and recognize and manage unconscious bias.

Business Resource Groups

Fostering an inclusive culture is a critical component of our DEI strategy.

The diversity of Constellation Brands comes to life through an established—and growing—universe of Business Resource Groups (BRGs). Created to empower distinct employee populations and their allies, these groups focus on elevating employees’ voices to create business impact, ensuring all can achieve their aspirations and creating opportunities for community and civic engagement.

These voluntary, employee-led groups serve as amplifiers and executors of our DEI strategy, identifying and broadly communicating best practices, including organizational alignment to business goals. They also attract a diverse employee base, offering opportunities for internal networking, mentoring, and career and leadership development.

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.

Early Career Professionals

Early Career Professionals (ECP) is focused on providing enhanced professional development opportunities, enabling stronger social networks across departments and business functions, and growing passion for Constellation Brands for employees younger in their careers.

¡Salud!

Our Salud -- standing for Supporting and Attracting Latinos United for Diversity & Development -- BRG is tasked with connecting, attracting, and supporting the Hispanic/Latinx community within Constellation Brands, and leveraging the company’s diversity and unique culture to drive business results through innovation, consumer understanding, and product ambassadorship.

Stellar Pride

Stellar Pride works to continuously improve and impact recruitment, retention, engagement and development for LGBTQ and gender identity questioning and transitioning employees at Constellation.

WISE

WISE (Win. Inspire. Support. Elevate.) offers networking and development opportunities for women of all levels at Constellation, and provides a platform to create change and impact the advancement of women both at CBI and within our industry at large.

Training, Education and Development

Constellation is continuously developing a suite of impactful resources, tools and courses – from unconscious bias training, cross-cultural leadership, working with generations, inclusive leadership and more – to support our employees in building cultural awareness and recognizing and managing the barriers to inclusion.

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.