Our Refugees Program
In 2015, we started the Barilla Refugee Program in Sweden, and then expanded it to Germany, France and Italy. More than 50 refugees have received work experience and training to support them in their integration into the workplace.
Over the course of the next years, many more refugees will be trained through the program. In 2019 the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) awarded us for our support and promotion of the professional development of refugees and their integration into the workplace.
As a socially conscious company, we commit to increase inclusion of those in marginalized groups, both within and outside of our walls. We initially started working to integrate refugees in 2016 in Sweden, and in 2018 we joined the Tent Foundation, a non-profit founded in 2016 by Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani to mobilize the global business community to include refugees.
In collaboration with the Tent Foundation, we work with local organizations and government agencies to identify and train refugees who would like to work in our production plants and offices in Sweden, France, Italy, Greece, and Germany, with the goal of training new refugees in the coming years. With the goal of integrating refugees into the communities in which we operate, we create these work opportunities based on the needs in the markets. More than 100 refugees have completed the program to date, and 28 have been hired.
Tent Partnership for refugees
We are proud to share the Tent Partnership video which features our colleague Nour Al Deen Ead, who is working in the Celle plant in Germany.
Featuring refugee workers from some of Tent’s member companies, including Barilla, the campaign film showcases the refugees that have kept us safe, healthy and nourished during the pandemic, by going to work.
The message of the campaign is simple: refugees have been an essential part of our labor force. They are essential now and essential always.
Our long-term commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity
Supplier Diversity Program
Supplier Diversity & Inclusion is about engaging the widest pool of suppliers to deliver goods and services.
We want to overcome physical and mental barriers and push cultural understanding and awareness of visible and invisible disabilities, ensuring inclusion in the workplace.
Barilla is the first Italian company to support the United Nation Standards of Conduct for Business aimed at tackling LGBTQ+ discrimination in business.
We work hard to achieve balance in all areas: gender balance among our employees and management, work-life balance for our people.
Race and Ethnicity
We work on representation and inclusion of people from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds to address any inequality and injustice.