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Diversity & Inclusion
Be You at Brown‑Forman

​We believe in the value of diversity and inclusion; not just for our employees, but for our consumers and our communities. We want to do our part to build a better future for all, including nurturing a culture where everyone can bring their best self and their best ideas forward.

Our Mission Where We Are Going

We strive every day to be better and do better as individuals, leaders, and teams. We do so with the knowledge that diversity is a strength, inclusion is the expectation, and success is the result. We will develop high-performing teams comprised of diverse skills, cultures, and experiences; all while demonstrating diversity and inclusion leadership across our business. 

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Our framework Many Spirits, One Brown‑Forman

​By better understanding the evolving environment in which we work, and positioning ourselves within it, we can ensure that we have initiatives in place to realize the true value of diversity and inclusion for our people, our brands, our business, and our global communities. At Brown‑Forman, we want each of our employees to feel confident knowing they can bring their best self to work each day. In 2019, we developed Many Spirits, One Brown‑Forman, our 2030 diversity and inclusion strategy.

Read Many Spirits, One Brown‑Forman
our commitment
2030 D&I Ambitions

With the depth and breadth of importance that D&I will have on Brown‑Forman’s future, it was critical to establish a means to gauge our progress. To do this, we set aggressive, yet achievable ambitions, measure progress towards these ambitions via a number of key performance indicators and hold ourselves accountable.

40%
Female Senior Leaders
Brown‑Forman intends to grow global female representation at the senior leadership level.
25%
People of Color
Brown‑Forman intends to increase U.S. representation of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups at all management levels.
16%
Supplier Diversity
Brown‑Forman aspires to increase partnerships with women and/or minority-owned businesses in locations such as the U.S., the U.K., and Australia where the process is viewed through a governmental lens.
Our commitment Be Better, Do Better

We developed and published commitments to be better and do better -- to live our value of respect, educate ourselves more fully on what it means to be anti-racist, identify and eliminate barriers to inclusion, create an environment where all employees can bring their best selves to work, and extend our commitment more deeply in our communities, especially our hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Learn about Be Better, Do Better
Bryon Copeland
Our Employee Resource Groups
​The heart and soul of our D&I efforts are our ten Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) working to foster and enhance inclusion throughout our company. Our ERGs are not only a support system and professional development opportunity for employees, but a positive forum for education and idea exchange to our company as a whole to build awareness, advocacy, and allyship.
BRAVE

Brown-Forman Rallying All Veterans for Excellence (BRAVE) is committed to enhancing the Brown-Forman Veteran experience and supporting the company's overall commitment to being a military friendly company.

BUILD

Blacks United in Leadership and Development (BUILD) is committed to partnering internally and externally to identify exceptional African-American talent, enhancing the Black experience at Brown-Forman, and serving our communities.

COPA

Creating Our Path (COPA) exists to help Brown-Forman in attracting, developing and retaining Latinx/Hispanic talent and to ensure the employee population mirrors the diversity of the communities in which we operate.

EAST

Embracing Asian Society & Traditions (EAST) is committed to actively cultivating and promoting the unique cultures, values, and traditions of our diverse communities of Asian heritage.

GROW

Growing Remarkable & Outstanding Women (GROW) is dedicated to providing tools, education, and a clear perspective for women as they work to achieve their desired potential within the organization.

PRIDE

PRIDE exists to position Brown-Forman as a global, best-in-class Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally organization, fostering an increasingly inclusive culture.

SAGE

Sharing Across all Generations of Employees (SAGE) focuses on connecting all generations of Brown-Forman employees to share knowledge and experiences across personal and professional life stages for the purpose of enriching lives.

SEED

Supporting and Elevating Ethnic Diversity (SEED) strives to actively cultivate and promote different racial/ethnicity groups, and enrich their experiences at all stages of their careers.

SPIRIT

Showing Pride In Respecting Individual Tastes (SPIRIT) supports Brown-Forman’s commitment to creating an environment where all employees feel welcome as contributing members of the organization, regardless of their own choice of whether or not to drink.

YP

The Young Professionals (YP) ERG seeks to strengthen Brown-Forman by engaging, connecting, and fostering the growth and development of young professional employees.