In 2018, we established a charitable foundation whose annual proceeds will provide a consistent revenue stream for charitable giving, for generations to come, independent of the company’s yearly earnings. Charitable contributions are divided between the foundation and the traditional annual corporate budget process.
OUR COMMUNITIES SUSTAIN US
Our communities sustain us and as such we actively give back and invest in their well being. Stewardship is a bedrock of our culture, and both our company and our employees strongly believe in donating their time, talents, and treasure to enrich lives and leave a lasting legacy.
Giving by the Numbers
Our long history and deep roots in Louisville, Kentucky make our hometown city our main focus, although we make community investments across our global locations, especially where we have a production presence.
We are proud of our longstanding commitment to the vitality of our hometown, a contribution that extends beyond dollars and cents.
In order to better understand the scale and breadth of the difference Brown-Forman makes, in 2015 we commissioned University of Louisville Emeritus Professor of Economics Paul Coomes to conduct an economic impact analysis. The study focused on the annual impact of Brown-Forman jobs on the Louisville region and the business generated by our local operations. Dr. Coomes organized data by two types of Brown-Forman jobs — distillery (including headquarters operations) and cooperage (wood barrel manufacturing) employment — as each requires different skills and training and a unique set of goods and services.
The study concluded that Brown-Forman’s presence results in the following estimated annual benefits for the Louisville region: