Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Fortune Brands

Building a home for all

Our company’s purpose is to fulfill the dreams of home. At its best, home evokes a sense of belonging where people feel welcome and safe, and are invited to contribute in their own unique ways. To fulfill our purpose for our consumers, we need to be a place where our associates can fulfill their dreams inside the home that is Fortune Brands. Diverse teams are more reflective of their consumers and communities, and we know that as we build a home for all within our company, we will continue to excel. We succeed when everyone belongs.

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 want to create a culture where all associates feel respected, 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 multiple actions to increase representation and engagement of underrepresented workforce segments to better reflect the diversity of our customers and the communities in which we live.

Building a home for all

DEI Priorities
Fortune Brands continues our journey to build diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Our priorities are to:

  • Accelerate Inclusive Culture through awareness and education, ERGs and listening to our associates. We encourage connection to each other, our teams, our customers and communities.
  • Advance Equity through fair and equitable talent processes.
  • Activate Our Leaders by ensuring accountable, inclusive leadership.

Recent steps we’ve taken to advance DEI at Fortune Brands include the following:

  • The formation and expansion of our Inclusive Culture Councils ensures a focus on attracting and retaining talent that represents the diversity of our consumers and communities and allows us to outperform our markets and competitors.
  • We invite you to read Fortune Brands' CEO Nicholas Fink's June 2020 message on LinkedIn.

    Fortune Brands joined the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion for advancing diversity and inclusion in our workplace and communities. To learn more about CEO Action, click here.
  • 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. To learn more, click here.
  • We have launched two enterprise-wide employee resource groups, WIN (Women’s Impact Network) and BEING (Black Employee Impact and Networking Group), with more planned.
  • 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.

Inclusion Brings Business Success
Our Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive culture allows us the ability to better solve business challenges and excite our customers with new products that anticipate and address their needs. As we continue to create a more inclusive culture at Fortune Brands, we are making a positive difference for our associates, our company and our communities, together Building a Home for All.

Click here learn more about our Fortunate Giving program and our partnerships with organizations who are advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in our communities.