Brown-Forman is a diversified producer of fine quality consumer products. It was founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown in Louisville, KY, U.S. His original brand, Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, was America’s first bottled bourbon and remains one of Brown-Forman’s finest brands today. Geo. Garvin Brown IV, a descendant of the founder, is part of the 5th generation of Brown Family members engaged with the company and serves as the Presiding Chairman of the Board.
Brown-Forman employs 4,120 people worldwide with about 1,000 located in Louisville. Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies and among the top 10 largest global spirits companies, sells its brands in more than 135 countries and has offices in cities across the globe. In all, Brown-Forman has more than 25 brands in its portfolio of wines and spirits.
Brown-Forman’s brand of culture is a direct reflection of the company’s identity and image, and our deeply held traditional core values of integrity, respect, trust, teamwork, and excellence. You’ll notice our culture clearly emerging in the way we treat our employees, shareholders, customers, and communities.
We believe that the collective wisdom of all employees is far superior to the individual intellect of any one person. The result is a collegial company where employees depend on each other to be successful. We focus on teamwork, a hallmark of our corporate culture that extends beyond our own employees to our suppliers, trade partners, and other stakeholders around the world.
We expect our employees to be honest with themselves and with one another. As part of this emphasis, we actively promote an atmosphere where feedback is encouraged and commonplace.
Brand building and culture are indelibly linked at Brown-Forman. By embedding a unique corporate aesthetic within our culture, we speak to Brown-Forman’s enduring values and relevance — creating and cultivating a greater cohesive presence for the company and its consumer brands.
At Brown-Forman, we focus on developing the people who build our brands. We begin by recruiting and hiring people of the highest quality and character and then help these talented people grow through formalized professional development programs, such as our award-winning Brand Building University. Less formal training, such as peer-to-peer coaching and our mentoring program, reinforces our guiding philosophy to constantly encourage and enable our employees to grow, learn, and realize their full potential.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
We believe having a diverse workforce honors the wealth of unique experiences that each of us brings to work and respects our differences as people. Inclusion unleashes the power of diversity by creating a culture that empowers all employees to fully express themselves and feel comfortable being who they are while contributing their talents to the business. By promoting diversity, educating our workforce, and creating a culture of inclusion, we continue to develop the people who build our brands.
Brown-Forman and its employees believe in actively contributing time, energy and resources to improving our communities. Read more about our community involvement and employee volunteerism in the Corporate Responsibility section of this website.