Barilla is an Italian family-owned food company. Established in 1877, it’s now an international Group present in more than 100 countries. A world leader in the markets of pasta and ready–to–use sauces in continental Europe, bakery products in Italy, and crispbread in Scandinavia, the Barilla Group is recognized worldwide as a symbol of Italian know-how.
At Barilla, we believe that diversity and inclusion is not only the right thing to do, it is central to our way of doing business. Everyone is welcome at our table, and these partnerships are just one more way that we hope to foster a more inclusive world.
Commitment to DiversityBarilla is an equal-opportunity employer. It is the policy of Barilla to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances, nationally and internationally. Other classifications include, but are not limited to, family status, health status, multicultural differences, political ideas and sexual orientation.
Vision for the Future
- “Good for You, Good for the Planet” is Barilla’s purpose and only way each person in the Group works and of which is ambassador. It means caring for the well-being of people and the planet in everything Barilla does, from the field to consumption; it also means promoting open and transparent working relationships in the communities Barilla is part of.
- We want to be an increasingly inclusive company for all and we will continue to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion among our employees and partners, wherever we operate.
- In 2013 we established a Global Diversity and Inclusion Board, comprised by a group of employees from around the Barilla world and external advisory members and created the role of Chief Diversity Officer.
- Everyone is welcome at our table. The steps made over the years are a reflection of our effort to boost a culture of diversity and inclusion. We will continue with resilience on this path to be a role model of inclusion for employees partners and the communities in which we eat, live and work.
What benefits Barilla Canada offers that target the LGBTQ+ community
- Family forming benefits and adoption: We have an Adoption Assistance Policy that is available to all employees across North America. These benefits include financial reimbursement for adoption related expenses and paid adoption leave.
- Our health benefits cover all HIV treatments and HIV preventative medication (generic and branded).
- Paid time off for transitional surgery.
- Psychological and healthcare support through Lumino: Employees and dependents are provided with unlimited access to consult doctors and nurses at any time (24/7). Lumino Health Virtual Care is 100% confidential and secure and is ideal for occasional health problems (flu, allergies, etc.), support in times of stress, consultations for minor emergencies, blood test requests, prescription renewals, drug delivery, mental health, legal support, financial resources, family and relationship support etc. The program offers a wide range of useful resources that help take care of employee’s health in one place.
Key Barilla company milestones towards 2SLGBTQIA+
- Since Barilla began participation in 2015, every year the Company has earned a 100% score in the Human Right Campaign (HRC) annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which ranks major corporations on how they support LGBT+ employees. The Barilla Group is the first Italian company to support the Standards of Conduct for Business promoted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) aimed at tackling LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and intersex) discrimination in business. The Standards of Conduct for Business outline certain rules of conduct that companies should adopt toward LGBTI employees, suppliers, customers, and distributors. They range from respecting and supporting the human rights of the LGBTI community in where companies do business, to eliminating discrimination and providing support for the LGBTI workforce.
- Barilla developed ongoing relationships with the LGBTQ community, from meeting with important activists and stakeholders to deepening relationships with organizations such as the Tyler Clementi Foundation and GLAAD, Parks in Italy, Autre Cercle in France and Prout at Work in Germany. Barilla employees have marched in many Pride Parades in cities such as Milan, Chicago, Paris, Cologne, and CEO Claudio Colzani signed the CEO Action for D&I pledge, committing to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
- Barilla sponsors OPENLY, a global digital platform delivering fair, accurate and impartial LGBT+ news. Developed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Openly has the ambition of becoming the ultimate destination for trusted LGBT+ news and information from around the world.
- 2021 marks another significant milestone in the Diversity and Inclusion journey. Barilla is the first Italian family-owned food company to receive the premier 2021 Catalyst Award for initiatives that have accelerated progress for women and increased inclusion for all within its organizations around the world. Barilla is being honored for its turnaround to become a model of inclusion for their LGBTQ+ employees and all underrepresented groups working for the company.
- Barilla continues on this journey with humility, knowing that learning from others and learning from mistakes can be key enablers to positive change
- We're proud to have been recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality" with a score of 100% in the Corporate Equality Index 2022 for the eighth year in a row.
"Promoting diversity and inclusion is not just about doing the right thing but also about supporting our growth strategy. A diverse workforce and an inclusive culture boost engagement and allow for a deeper understanding of society."