Barilla People

Diversity, equality and inclusion have always formed an integral part of the Barilla Group's culture, values and Code of Ethics.

 In fact, these values play a vital role in our growth model and our way of doing business. 

The Group is committed to pursuing a path aimed at developing the personal value of everyone, respecting physical, cultural and moral integrity, and the right to associate with others, and taking account of every aspect of people's lives, because human life is the inspiration for all the company's way of doing business. Barilla supports and respects human rights in everything it does, across its entire sphere of influence, offering equal opportunities for personal development, and safeguarding people's privacy. 

Barilla supports and respects human rights in everything it does, across its entire sphere of influence.

This path has given rise to partnerships with external organizations, aimed at achieving specific results, and the adoption of company policies and procedures designed to emphasize the central role of the inclusion of diversity as a business imperative.

The Group has also established a Global Diversity & Inclusion Board that works with the company to identify potential areas for improvement, develop new initiatives and monitor existing initiatives, in order to ensure that Barilla makes continuous progress towards its goal of being a role model company in the field of diversity and inclusion. Lastly, as well as establishing the Global Diversity & Inclusion Board, the Group has appointed a Chief Diversity Officer, who reports directly to the CEO.

A management approach aimed at respecting diversity and promoting inclusion is essential for a company operating worldwide with more than 8,000 People, nearly all employed on open-term contracts, highlighting the value Barilla attributes to the job stability of its workforce.

Barilla People by region, contract type and gender - 2017

Open-term contract

Fixed-term contract

 

Man

Woman

Total

Man

Woman

Total

Italy

2,903

973

3,876

107

78

185

Rest of Europe

1,790

968

2,758

108

54

162

Americas

362

169

531

0

0

0

AAA

202

79

281

0

0

0

Rest of World

67

53

120

2

3

5

Totale

5,324

2,242

7,566

217

135

352

Note: The data referred to the Group employees provided in the section that follows refer to Barilla G. e R. Fratelli excluding Mexico, where 273 people are employed. United States law makes no distinction between open-term and fixed-term contracts: employment contracts can be terminated at any time by either party without liability. For the purposes of this document, therefore, Barilla People in the United States are recorded as employees on open-term contacts.

EMPLOYEES BY AGE GROUP

EMPLOYEES BY AGE GROUP

BARILLA PEOPLE BY LENGHT OF SERVICE

BARILLA PEOPLE BY LENGHT OF SERVICE

For the third time since 2015, Barilla issued a questionnaire, in 2017, designed to measure perceived levels of respect and appreciation of diversity and inclusion, plus levels of engagement among employees. Over 4,000 employees took part in the survey, equating to 85% of the people concerned. Barilla received 7,800 comments in response to four open-ended questions. These results help identify our strengths and, more importantly, areas with scope for action.

90% of respondents to the survey on diversity and inclusion said they were proud to be Barilla employees.

Respect for diversity

Barilla constantly strives to improve gender balance within the company, with respect for personal values and orientation. Regarding female talent, by setting challenging goals aimed at making the company more and more inclusive in relation to women, plays a vital role for Barilla in this respect.

Barilla People by professional category - 2017

 

Total

Of which women

Executives

163

33

Managers

612

237

Employees

1,764

760

Workers

4,958

1,241

Sales force

421

106

Total

7,918

2,377

35% of Barilla's executives and managers are women, in line with 2016

SHARE OF WOMEN IN THE GLOBAL TALENT POOL

SHARE OF WOMEN IN THE GLOBAL TALENT POOL

The company also strives to achieve gender balance through initiatives designed to enhance the work-life balance. Barilla offers parental leave to all employees in accordance with the applicable regulatory requirements and local legislation. During the year, Barilla also set up a pilot project, called Winparenting, aimed at helping the company manage parental leave to best effect, by conducting focus groups to identify the needs of managers and parents during this life-stage.

Barilla People who have taken parental leave

Men

Women

Total

Executives

0

1

1

Managers

13

24

37

Employees

7

30

37

Workers

37

43

80

Sale force

4

11

15

Total

61

109

170

The data relating to parental leave pertain to 89% of the company population

Barilla People who returned to work at the company after taking parental leave - 2017

 

Men

Women

Total

Executives

0

0

0

Managers

13

24

37

Employees

7

19

26

Workers

36

41

77

Sale force

4

6

10

Total

60

90

150

The data relating to parental leave pertain to 89% of the company population

Barilla People who returned to work at the company after taking parental leave and are still employed twelve months after their return - 2017

 

Men

Women

Total

Executives

0

0

0

Managers

13

13

26

Employees

6

14

20

Workers

36

30

66

Sale force

3

4

7

Total

58

61

119

The data relating to parental leave pertain to 89% of the company population

Return-to-work rate

retention rate

88%

83%

The data relating to parental leave pertain to 89% of the company population
Return-to-work rate calculated as: (total number of employees who returned after taking parental leave / total number of employees who took parental leave)
Retention rate calculated as: (total number of employees who are still employed twelve months after their return from parental leave / total number of employees who returned from parental leave in the previous reporting year)

Activities

Barilla does not tolerate any form of discrimination or exclusion in relation to age, culture, ethnicity, nationality, religious belief, origin, political opinion, civil status, gender or sexual orientation.

To foster an increasingly inclusive culture, the Barilla Group has encouraged the formation and development of various Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). These are interest groups set up by employees for employees, which revolve around specific diversities

INITIATIVES TAKEN BY BARILLA PERSONNEL TO ENHANCE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION


In the course of 2017, Barilla actively supported various initiatives taken by ERGs throughout the world, including:

VoceVoce, in Italy, France, Germany and the United States to discuss LGBTI issues.
AlleanzaBalance, in Italy and the United States, to promote the optimum work-life balance.
Alleanza, in the United States, to support Latin and Afro-American minorities.
logo WelcomeWelcome Home, in Italy, to promote multiculturalism in the workplace.
Hand in Hand, in AAA area countries, to promote gender diversity and equal opportunities.
logo Y.o.U.N.G.Young, in Italy, to support diversity of age-groups at the company.
Respeito, in Brazil, to safeguard and respect personal differences in the workplace.
logo InclusivoInclusivo, in Canada, to promote an inclusive workplace for all employees.


Barilla's drive to promote diversity and inclusion also encompasses its support for a project by the Swiss start-up “Includeed.com”, which has launched an innovative online platform aimed at bridging the gap between companies' declared commitment to diversity and workers' perception of discrimination by gender, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation in the workplace. Barilla's participation in this project provides it with a new and different way to exchange views and share best practices with other organizations actively engaged in promoting diversity.

With regard to the rights of LGBTI personnel (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex), Barilla, which is the first company in Italy to sign a United Nations initiative, has been actively supporting the Standards of Conduct for Business established by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights since 2017. The aim of these standards is to tackle the issue of LGBTI discrimination in the world of work. The Standards of Conduct establish rules of conduct that companies should comply with in relation to LGBTI employees, suppliers, customers and distributors. The purpose of these standards of conduct is to promote respect and support for the rights of LGBTI communities in the places where companies operate, to eliminate discrimination and to support LGBTI personnel.

As further testimony to Barilla's commitment to LGBTI communities worldwide, the company has set up a committee called VOCE in the USA, France, Italy and Germany to discuss issues relating to discrimination arising from different sexual orientations. In 2017, furthermore, Claudio Colzani, CEO of the Barilla Group, joined more than 270 CEOs in signing the CEO Action for D&I Pledge, thus committing the company to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Support to refugees

Work placement programs in support of refugees

In view of large increases in migration triggered by crises and conflicts around the world, the Barilla Group is implementing projects and initiatives at local level aimed at the reception, inclusion and integration of refugees arriving in European countries.

Sweden

Barilla Filipstad has forged a partnership with the National Employment Center and the Swedish for Immigrants Association (SFI), aimed at providing training, at its production plant, for a group of refugees received by Sweden. Each of these people receives a six-month program of support from a Barilla supervisor, who guides them through a work placement path that gives them the opportunity to learn both Swedish and a new job. On completion of this path and a language test, Barilla aims to give participants the chance to get a job at the production plant. Barilla Filipstad hired 9 refugees in 2017 and received a significant amount of positive feedback.

Italy

In Italy, Barilla has worked in partnership with Adecco and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, to launch a project aimed at equipping a group of refugees with work skills, by means of an apprenticeship contract at the Pedrignano office and at the Group's production sites. The aim of the project is to help refugees received by Italy to integrate into Italian society, by facilitating their transition into the world of work.

Germany

The Group has launched joint initiatives with local chambers of commerce, aimed at facilitating entry into work at the Cologne office and the Celle production facility for refugees received by Germany. Barilla offers refugees apprenticeships, during which they have the opportunity to learn German and increase their understanding of local culture, through work, with a view to facilitating their integration into the community. As a result of this initiative, Barilla hired one person for its Cologne office and awarded apprenticeships to three others at its Celle production plant in 2017.

Disabilities

In relation to disability, the Group pays close attention to making its workplaces accessible and inclusive. Over the course of the year, Barilla has run programs to train its personnel and raise their awareness of disability and its integration into the world of work. The aim of the program was to encourage the development of creative, innovative ideas and solutions for overcoming the physical and social barriers that exist within the company in relation to people with disabilities.

For this reason, Barilla sponsored the annual Disability Matters Europe Conference & Awards, in Parma. This is one of the most important corporate events on the subject of disability and its protection in the workplace. The Conference saw the participation of a line-up of prominent speakers representing corporate best practices, plus more than 80 experts from academia, government and non-profit organizations. The event was also attended by Paralympic champion Bebe Vio.

On the subject of disability, the Group also launched an event entitled Hackability, in which interdisciplinary teams of people with disabilities, together with makers and designers, design cooking utensils and new packaging solutions tailored to the requirements of people with special needs. Barilla has been hosting the crucial stages of this initiative at its site in Parma since 2017. The company also invited its own employees to take part, and provided them with mentors with relevant specific skills.