As part of our commitment to gender equality, we have worked for years on eliminating any unjustifiable gender pay-gap globally. In 2020 we achieved the Gender Pay Equality, a significant goal, according to the principle of "Equal pay for equal work", for our approximately 8,400 employees worldwide. This objective has been verified through a methodology specially developed by an internal team according to rigorous scientific standards, with the support of external experts and in collaboration with KPMG.
Diversity, inclusion and equality have always been an integral part of Barilla's values, culture and Code of Ethics. Barilla works hard every day to break down barriers, be inclusive and achieve the highest level of gender equality.
Cinzia bassi, plant director, barilla group
In 2014 we globally launched our flexible work program, Smartworking, and became one of the first companies in Italy to offer a full suite of formal flexible work arrangements, including flex time, work from home, and more. We initially rolled out this program in some pilot countries, collaborating with work councils and unions to overcome regulatory barriers. Smartworking is now available in all the countries in which we operate. Laptops, training, toolkits, and IT tools are provided to each employee in the program. In 2020, smartworking proved to be instrumental during the company's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Even before the government-mandated Covid-19 lockdowns, we moved to 100% smartworking, keeping employees safe and ensuring business continuity. The fact that this program was already in place and employees already knew how to use it made the transition to working from home much less stressful for everyone.
The percentage of employees who partecipate in Smartworking had increased dramatically even before the pandemic, from 65% in 2014 to 82% in 2019.
Winparenting is another successful work-life effectiveness program that the Balance ERG and HR in Italy launched in 2017. This six-month program, designed for working parents of all genders and their managers, offers a suite of coaching sessions, trainint workshops, smarworking options, and skills enhancements that support managers and parents through every stage of parental leave-including preparation, the whole period of leave, and the return to work. All employees are entitled to parental leave, regardless of their gender. Additionally, Maternity As A Master (MAAM) provides an external training path for new mothers and fathers to share information about services and learnings related to each stage of parenting.
Through this project we firmly believe that becoming and being parents, such as all the prolonged caring experiences, if trained, can strengthen many soft skills that are useful in the professional field: empathy, listening, creativity, management of complexity and priorities and many others.
Our long-term commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity
Barilla is the first Italian company to support the United Nation Standards of Conduct for Business aimed at tackling LGBTQ+ discrimination in business.
Supplier Diversity Program
Supplier Diversity & Inclusion is about engaging the widest pool of suppliers to deliver goods and services.
Barilla is working with local organization and government agencies to identify, train and onboard refugees into the workplace.
We want to overcome physical and mental barriers and push cultural understanding and awareness of visible and invisible disabilities, ensuring inclusion in the workplace.
Race and Ethnicity
We work on representation and inclusion of people from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds to address any inequality and injustice.