Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Our Commitment: Building a Home for All
Our organization is focused on strong performance and growth, and our core values underscore the importance of inclusion to business success. Not only do we want to attract talented people who come from a variety of backgrounds, we are creating a culture where all associates feel respected and valued, and can fully offer their unique perspectives and talents.
In 2020, women represented 38% of our total global workforce and people of color made up 34% of Fortune Brands’ U.S. workforce. We are taking action to increase representation and engagement of underrepresented workforce segments to better represent the diversity of our customers and the communities in which we live.
We are holding ourselves accountable for making progress, including aligning our talent processes to better recruit, retain and develop underrepresented associate segments at all levels. We have key enterprise‑wide diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) objectives to increase representation of people of color in our U.S. senior leader and professional positions, and we also have key metrics for expanding our already above-industry metrics for women leaders.
Home for All
We created the “Home for All” concept to highlight actions we’re taking along our journey to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment at Fortune Brands. This colorful cue helps our associates easily recognize how we’re advancing DEI, as well as how they can be part of this important work. By bringing our many actions under one Home for All statement, we also connect our DEI work to our Company’s purpose to fulfill the dreams of home.
Check out some examples of how we are advancing DEI at Fortune Brands!
Inclusive Culture Councils
Our Inclusive Culture Councils are focused on making sure we attract and retain talent that represents the diversity of our consumers and communities and allows us to outperform our markets and competitors.
Partnering with CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion
Fortune Brands joined this commitment to advancing DEI in our workplace and communities. Learn more about CEO Action.
Participating in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Expanding Equity Program
In 2021, we joined W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Expanding Equity program, which provides tools, knowledge and human-centered approaches for advancing racial equity in companies. Learn more.
Employee Resource Groups
We have four enterprise-wide employee resource groups – WIN (Women’s Impact Network), BEING (Black Employee Impact and Networking Group), LGBTQIA+ associates, and Hispanic associates – with more planned.
Unconscious Bias Training
By the end of 2021, all people leaders will have engaged in actionable learning on unconscious bias, broadening awareness across the Company and strengthening our inclusive leadership capabilities.
We increased the diversity of our Board of Directors, helping to further enhance the diversity, leadership capabilities and depth of experience of the Board.
Advancing Gender Equality
While women are often underrepresented in manufacturing industries, Fortune Brands is above benchmarks for U.S. manufacturing companies. In 2019, the first woman was named as President of a Fortune Brands segment. With a goal to increase our women people leaders, we are working toward this objective through a number of efforts around talent acquisition, better engaging our female associates and increasing their internal mobility. Here are some examples of how we are supporting, developing and promoting women at Fortune Brands:
Women represent 38% of our global workforce.
Global Senior Leadership
Women represent 24% of our global senior leaders.
Women represent 43% of our U.S. salaried workforce, exceeding the EEO-1 Benchmark of 31%.
U.S. Senior Leaders
Women represent 25% of our U.S. senior leaders, exceeding the EEO-1 Benchmark of 17%.
Women represent 41% of our U.S. hourly workforce, exceeding the EEO-1 Benchmark of 24%.
Women’s Impact Network (WIN)
Our first enterprise-wide employee resource group. WIN is open to all professional associates. It focuses on issues that are important to our female associates and connects them with opportunities, experiences and networking relationships across Fortune Brands.
Partnering with the Network of Executive Women (NEW)
Fortune Brands has partnered with the NEW, a premiere learning and leadership community. The mission of NEW is to advance women, grow business and transform our industry’s workplace through the power of our community. More than 100 Fortune Brands women have joined NEW.
Women’s Engineering Network for STEM & Advocacy (WENSA)
WENSA is an internal community of Global Plumbing Group associates who serve to further the professional development of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) so that they can contribute to the organization to their fullest potential. WENSA participants engage in professional development events, and get support to strengthen their professional network.
We Succeed When Everyone Belongs
Zemelist P., clamper
“When you walk in and look around, you see many different ethnicities, ages and backgrounds. There are so many different people from diverse cultures coming together for a shared purpose.”
Amy P., global data governance manager
“DEI is important to me because everyone should feel psychologically safe in the workplace, and free to be their authentic self. With the Home for All mission, I feel like there is movement towards and actual hope for a more equitable and inclusive work culture.”
Deirdre J., retail customer service site leader
“A more inclusive work culture empowers me to be more thoughtful with my approach, decision-making, and it allows me to be more confident in who I am.”
Learn more about our charitable our partnerships with organizations advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in our communities.