By seeking out excellent ingredients for its recipes, the Barilla Group not only brings high quality to consumers, but also ensures responsible production that takes care of the Planet's resources. The rights of the people working in the supply chains, and the impact of production on animal welfare and the environment, are therefore key factors that underpin Barilla's purchasing decisions.

The Barilla Code of Sustainable Agriculture

Our constant commitment to developing a responsible supply chain, over the years, has culminated in the formulation of the Barilla Code of Sustainable Agriculture, which establishes a set of principles aimed at ensuring sustainable purchasing management practices and ethical relationships with all players involved in the supply chain.

In particular, the Code of Sustainable Agriculture is based on five core principles:

  1. Seeking efficiency and competitiveness of the productive system - for Barilla, achieving high levels of efficiency in agricultural practices is the starting point for developing a sustainable supply chain, because it increases the competitiveness of all players in the sector, while reducing negative impact on the economy, the environment and society.   
  2. Safeguarding business integrity and applying the Code of Ethics - the Group encourages the use of long-term contracts with its suppliers, so as to ensure stable earnings and promote sustainable farming in terms of quality, food safety and environmental impact. All Barilla contracts with suppliers, furthermore, are based on explicit acceptance of the principles and values set out in the Code of Ethics.
  3. Promoting health and food safety - to ensure the high quality of its products, Barilla monitors the risk profile of suppliers in relation to the food safety of raw materials. All ingredients are sourced exclusively from suppliers who are periodically assessed and certified in relation to the health and safety of the foods they produce.
  4. Reducing environmental impact - Barilla requires all suppliers to operate with full respect for the environment and the compliance with national and international environmental legislation. In order to monitor the impact of its supply chains across the entire product life cycle, from field to fork, the Group uses the Life Cycle Assessment method (LCA), taking into account Carbon Footprint, Water Footprint and Ecological Footprint.
  5. Listening and collaboration for continuous development - the Group works in partnership with various stakeholders, including universities, NGOs, institutions and trade associations, to identify emerging risks and opportunities in the agricultural arena. In doing so, Barilla intends to promote a shared development pathway designed to yield benefits for all concerned.

The principles of the code of sustainable agriculture are applied to all projects implemented under the Barilla Sustainable Farming (BSF) program, which promotes the adoption of new farming techniques in strategic supply chains in order to produce healthier, higher-quality products, protect the environment and safeguard the social and economic conditions of farmers involved in the supply chains.

Analyzing the environmental impact of products

To improve the sustainability of its products, Barilla measures their environmental impact across their entire life cycle, using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method. LCA analyses take account of every stage of production, from the cultivation of raw materials, to the processing and packaging of products, and the distribution, use and final disposal of packages. This enables Barilla to accurately assess the environmental impact its of products in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and land use.

71% of our production volumes are covered by LCA analysis

Barilla publishes the results of the analyses conducted on each product, in the form of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) - an international, public analysis and communication instrument that complies ISO 14025 and is checked by an independent third-party body.

61 EPDs were published, covering 69% of our 2017 production

Environmental impact of ingredients purchased in 2017

 

CARBON FOOTPRINT
kt CO2eq 

WATER FOOTPRINT
mm3

ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT
Global ha

Durum wheat 

844

1,976

1,179

Common wheat

170

367

179

Rye

21

20

25

Tomatoes

22

2

9

Palm oil

<1

<1

<1

Sunflower oil

95

113

85

Colza oil

19

35

19

Eggs

105

69

58

Sugar

1

1

<1

Cacao

6

345

84

Beef

17

19

7

Pork

7

41

2

Wild-caught fish

<1

-

1

Animal fat

40

49

13

Dairy products

82

100

27

Total impact

1,429

3,137

1,688