Brown-Forman Launches Corporate Responsibility Report and Video Series
Report and videos focus on employees as responsibility champions
This year’s report features narratives describing employees who champion
the cause of responsibility throughout the business, from the founder of
a non-drinker’s employee resource group to an employee who organized a
significant refugee aid effort in
In addition to the written narratives,
New to this year’s report is the company’s evaluation of Brown-Forman’s corporate responsibility strategy against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The company identified a subset of goals it believes has the strongest connection to its work, such as preventing and treating alcohol abuse and promoting responsible drinking, and environmental sustainability efforts such as clean water, affordable and clean energy, and sustainable agriculture.
The company also updated its progress against its environmental sustainability goals. It reported a 6.9% decrease in wastewater discharge per unit of product and an increase in its list of zero waste facilities from three to five, with 85% of total waste generated by all of their facilities diverted from landfill. However, absolute greenhouse gas emissions have increased 10.9% from the company’s 2012 baseline primarily due to significant production increases from new distillery and warehouse operations. The company is investigating new investments in renewables and remains optimistic that they will hit their ambitious target of a 15% reduction by 2023.
Other highlights of the Corporate Responsibility Report include Brown-Forman’s continued progress towards its supplier diversity goal of sourcing 16% of procurement from minority- and women-owned businesses by 2020. The company also debuts its vision for community engagement through contributions that ensure basic living standards, support healthy and sustainable living, and enhance intellectual and cultural living through arts and education.
“We have been on a steady path of integrating responsibility more deeply
into our business through our people and our partners. We believe our
business success depends not just on what we do but also why and how we
do it. The report and accompanying videos are an opportunity to share
our purpose of enriching life with others and invite them into our
For nearly 150 years,
Phil Lynch, 502-774-7928
Director Corporate Communications and Public Relations