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Barilla was founded in Parma, Italy as a bakery in 1877. It remains a family-owned company but today operates as an international group that produces 2,900,000 tonnes of products to 100 countries worldwide. Barilla has 30 global production sites and through its brands, is active in the sector of pasta, sources, bakery and crispbread. Most of the company's revenue comes from Italy, followed by the rest of Europe and Russia.

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Governance and strategy

#1 3.3 /10 #150


#1 10.2 /30 #83


#1 8.8 /30 #47

Social inclusion

#1 6.2 /30 #144
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Segment Rank
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #65

Segment ranking summary

Barilla ranks 65th among food and beverage manufacturers/processors. The ranking reflects the company’s position across the measurement areas relative to its peers, whereby it is in the upper middle grouping of companies, but not a top performer. In nutrition, the company is a leader regarding food safety practices. However, it could improve in other nutrition topics by disclosing supporting quantitative data, including on promoting healthy foods and its approach to clear and transparent labelling. Moreover, across the social measurement area, Barilla could increase its disclosure on monitoring systems for child and forced labour and stronger commitments towards human rights, which its higher ranking peers are already reporting on. This is also the case across multiple environmental topics, such as plastic use and food loss and waste. Indeed, the company’s performance highlights that it has taken steps to address relevant topics but has yet to adequately address these yet.

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The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

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Parma, Italy
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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