BIER Member Spotlight: Leticia Acosta
Name: Leticia Acosta, Corporate Sr. Manager - Global Environmental Sustainability
Company: Constellation Brands
Connect with Leticia on LinkedIn
Welcome to our series aimed at spotlighting the individual leaders within BIER member companies and stakeholder organizations. Learn how these practitioners and their companies are addressing pressing challenges around water, energy, agriculture, climate change, and what inspires each of them to advance environmental sustainability in the beverage sector and collectively, overall.
Briefly describe your role and responsibilities and how long you have worked with your company.
I contribute to the development and execution of a broad-based, company-wide strategic sustainability initiative for Constellation Brands. My focus is on ensuring that sustainability efforts enhance business performance and supports the long-term interests of the company. In my role, I collaborate with operations leaders in setting enterprise-wide environmental sustainability objectives, goals, policies, standards, environmental performance measures, and effectively identifying, assessing and managing risks and opportunities. I have been with the company for 1 year.
How has the company’s sustainability program evolved over the years and what are your specific priorities for 2020?
As an agriculture-based company, environmental issues are not only important to us – they are an essential component to our continued growth and success. Because we rely on the land for our livelihood, it is critical that Constellation does all it can to ensure clean water, air and soil at all of our sites and in all of the countries where we operate.
Our sustainability program has evolved from being an individual contributor responsibility to a Corporate Reputation and CSR team whose objective is to build our reputation as an industry-shaping, consumer-obsessed, high-performing CPG company and good corporate citizen. We are pursuing this objective while minimizing our collective impact in areas where we live and work by fostering goodwill and advocacy for Constellation Brands among key stakeholders through our programs and communications (e.g. employees, investors, prospective employees, consumers/community, policymakers).
While we keep working on our sustainability strategy priorities for 2020, Constellation Brands’ current focus is to support our industry and the local communities where we operate, particularly many of our retailer partners - local restaurants, bars and their employees, who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 situation and the first responder community who is working tirelessly to help our communities in this difficult time.