Food manufacturer, especially pasta and breads
Established in Italy in 1877. Today one of Italy's largest food-processors, and the world's #1 dry pasta maker.
The 2020 Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report ranks global food companies on how they are managing and reporting their farm animal welfare policies and practices. This company appeared in tier 2, "Integral to business strategy", with tier 1 being the best, and tier 6 the worst.
Source: BBFAW (2020)
In 2020, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts towards removing commodity-driven deforestation and forest degradation from its direct operations and supply chains. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Forests Score of B.
Source: CDP (2020)
In Feb 2009 the Italian Competition Authority fined twenty six manufacturers and industry associations a total of 12.5m euros for agreeing to uniform price increases. Barilla received the largest fine: 5.7 million euros. [Listed under Information due to age of court finding]
Source: news article (2009)
Compassion in World Farming is a UK-based organisation which works with the European food industry to encourage and reward commitment, transparency, performance and innovation in the field of animal welfare. This company won their Good Egg Award in 2012 in recognition for their decision to only use cage-free eggs in some of their egg-made pasta.
Source: Compassion in World Farming (2012)
This company is a signatory to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, whose goal is to eliminate plastic pollution at its source.
Source: New Plastics Economy (2019)
This company is a member of How2Recycle. The How2Recycle Label is a voluntary, standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. It involves a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels. Companies must be a member of the program to use the How2Recycle Label.
Source: How2Recycle (2020)
This company is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, the main food industry initiative supporting the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. Created by Nestle, Unilever and Danone in 2002, the SAI Platform is a non-profit organization to facilitate sharing, at precompetitive level, of knowledge and initiatives to support the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture practices involving the different stakeholders of the food chain.
Source: SAI Platform (2019)
This company is a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), a not-for-profit, membership organisation that leads work with buyers and suppliers to deliver improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Tens of thousands of companies use Sedex to manage their performance around labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics.
Source: Sedex (2018)
This company has products that have been verified as compliant with the Non-GMO Project Standard, North America's only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance.
Source: Non-GMO Project (2021)
Gay rights activists called for a boycott of Barilla pasta in Sept 2013 after CEO Guido Barilla sparked international outrage when he said he'd never feature a gay couple in ads for his firm's foodstuffs - adding that if homosexuals don't like it, they can buy another brand. After the boycott, Barilla Group started to advocate for LGBT rights, including health benefits for transgender workers and their families, contributing money to gay rights causes, and featuring a lesbian couple on a promotional website.
Source: news artice (2014)
The 2021 Food and Agriculture Benchmark assessed 350 keystone companies across the entirety of the food system, from farm to fork. It covers three dimensions where transformation is needed: nutrition, environment and social inclusion. This company ranked #94/350, with a total score of 28.6/100.
Source: World Benchmarking Alliance (2021)
|Type||Family-owned private company|
|Revenue||3.4 billion EUR (2015)|
|Subsidiaries||Barilla Australia Pty Ltd|