At Barilla, our diversity and inclusion journey starts with the recognition that supporting diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do and it is also good for business.Claudio Colzani, CEO of Barilla Group
In the company’s strategy document—the “Barilla Lighthouse”—diversity is presented as a fundamental business goal. In the words of Chief Executive Officer Claudio Colzani “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, leading to stronger decision-making.” Equality, inclusion and diversity have long been grounded in Barilla’s culture, values and code of conduct and are a key driver for our growth model and our way of doing business.
In keeping with our ethical vision, we intend to enhance the value of each person, by respecting physical, cultural and moral integrity and the right to interact and associate with others. We seek to pay attention to all the needs in people’s lives, given that human life inspires all the company’s activities. We support and respect human rights, its activities and its sphere of influence, offering equal opportunities for the development of people and protecting their privacy.
Barilla is on a journey, and our journey has been one of introspection and discovery. Along the way we have stumbled, but each and every step of the way we saw opportunities to accelerate and consolidate our commitment toward diversity and inclusion. How? By embarking on result-oriented partnerships with external organizations, implementing tangible changes in policy and procedures, raising awareness of diversity and inclusion as a business imperative, naming a Chief Diversity Officer who reports directly to the CEO, and securing a long-term commitment from our senior leadership to these advances.
Our Barilla Employee Resource Groups are a key component of our diversity and inclusion strategy. As a leader, I am proud of our employees who are engaged in driving positive change in our organization and appreciative for everything I learn in my interactions with them.
Claudio Colzani, CEO, Barilla
Alleanza, which means “alliance” in Italian, provides professional development and opportunities for increasing awareness for members and allies of people of color.
Armonia promotes diversity and equal opportunities
Geography: Italy, USA
Balance works to create a stronger gender balance and develops programs for helping to improve work life balance
Bridge is focused on building and promoting an open, safe and inclusive workplace.
Geography: Australia, Asia and Africa
Connect promotes a workplace that cultivates and respects the free expression of all faiths, religions or creeds.
Geography: Australia, Asia, and Africa
Hand In Hand supports women’s development, in order to increase leadership skills, by leveraging tools such as mentoring and learning workshops
Geography: Canada and France
The Inclusivo ERG, which means “inclusive” in Italian, highlights the benefits of the valuing all aspects of diversity and inclusion in our work activities with employees, customers, and local communities.
RESPEITO, which means “respect” in Portuguese, promotes a more inclusive work environment with consumers, partners and members, with mutual respect and valuing all diversities
From Disability to Possibility, helping people with different abilities to express their skills and achieve their full potential in Barilla, by supporting the strategic targets of the Company
Geography: USA, Italy, France, Germany
VOCE, which means “voice” in Italian, is the biggest ERG in Barilla, with existence in USA, Italy, France, and Germany. It promotes a more open, inclusive and mutually respectful work environment by stimulating cultural changes for LGBTIA(lesbian , gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, allies) inclusion
Welchome fosters an open-minded, global company culture, and promotes an inclusive and welcoming working environment that recognizes and appreciates the different multicultural identities and interests of employees, partners, and client
Y.O.U.N.G., which stands for” Young ,Original, Unique, Network, Generation” improves the coordination between generations, and promotes the inclusion of new employees, to improve community involvement, personal empowerment and professional development
The Global Diversity & Inclusion Board helps Barilla to become a model corporate citizen on diversity and inclusion, assess current internal policies and initiatives, make recommendations on enhancements and implement new initiatives and monitor and measure progress.
Today, we are committed to heighten our efforts, setting challenging goals that will help us become a more inclusive workplace; creating a more diverse, committed and engaged workforce; enhancing an open culture that embraces and celebrates differences; promoting and supporting diversity programs in the communities where we operate.
The Board includes an Advisory Board of independent external experts who provides vision, advice, outside perspective and guidance on equality and inclusion, and an Operating Committee, which consists of employees who make recommendations on targets, initiatives and enhancements to deepen equality and inclusion in the company, as well as to monitor our progress.
David Mixner is an author, political strategist, civil rights activist and advisor. Once named by Newsweek as the most powerful gay man in America, he has been a global leader in politics and human rights. He has lectured at Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton. Today, he works on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment projects across the globe.
Lisa brings over 20 years’ experience working in diverse, global environments as a senior Global Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) executive in several multinationals. In 2013, she founded the Inclusion Institute focused on consultancy, training, coaching, & research. Her expertise in organizational development and behavioral science integrated with inclusive culture make her a unique resource for change at all levels.
Kristen is currently the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Barilla and has been a member of the D&I Board since its formation in 2013. Kristen reports to the CEO of Barilla and leads a 12-member D&I Board, comprised of internal members from eight key countries and two external advisors. Previously, Kristen was VP of R&D for the Asia, Africa and Australia region for Barilla, based in Singapore. She joined Barilla in 2010 as VP of Research, and she is now based at the Barilla Headquarters in Parma, Italy.