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.
This company received a score of 8 out of a possible total of 9 in the WWF Palm Oil Buyers' Scorecard 2016, which rates companies on what they are - and aren't - doing to prevent the negative environmental and social impacts of palm oil production.
[Source 2016][More on Palm Oil]
The 2017 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 3, "Established but Work to be Done", with tier 1 being the best, and tier 6 the worst.
[Source 2018][More on Animal Rights]
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 2009][More on Governance]
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 2016][More on Genetic Engineering]
This company is a signatory to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, whose goal is to eliminate plastic pollution at its source.
[Source 2019][More on Oceans]
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 2012][More on Animal Rights]
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 2017][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
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 2019][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
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 2018][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
The Forest 500 identifies, ranks, and tracks the governments, companies and financial institutions worldwide that together could virtually eradicate tropical deforestation. Rankings are based on their public policies and commitments and potential impacts on tropical forests in the context of forest risk commodities (palm oil, soya, beef, leather, timber, and pulp and paper). This company received a score of 3/5.
[Source 2018][More on Forests]
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 2014][More on Human Rights]
|Company Structure||Family-owned private company|
|Revenue||3.4 billion euros in 2015|
|# Employees||8,106 in 2013|
|Subsidiaries||Barilla Australia Pty Ltd|