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Barilla Wins 2021 Catalyst Award

February 8, 2021

Barilla has made a concerted effort, driven by employees in all areas of the company and in all geographies, to increase diversity in Barilla and foster a more inclusive environment for all. We have increased leadership commitment to diversity and inclusion and engaged employees in all regions to accelerate inclusive culture change via Employee Resource Groups with more than 1300 employees.

We are proud to announce that 2021 marks another significant milestone in the Diversity and Inclusion journey for us. Barilla is the first family-owned 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 family-owned company.

Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to help build workplaces that work for women. Founded in 1962, for more than 30 years Catalyst has bestowed the Catalyst Awards to recognize exceptional initiatives that corporations have taken to accelerate and advance women into their leadership - because progress for women is progress for everyone.

“We are honored to be recognized by Catalyst for our global efforts at Barilla to advance gender equality in the workplace, enhanced by our achievement of Gender Pay Equality around the Barilla world”, said Claudio Colzani, CEO of the Barilla Group. “This award is a reflection of Barilla’s effort to boost a culture of diversity and inclusion in our employees, partners and the communities in which we eat, live and work. As we have more to do, we will continue with resilience on this path to create an even more inclusive company for all.”

Barilla achieved gender pay equality in 2020 globally for all employees, aligned with Barilla’s value “Equal pay for equal work”. Barilla is also one of the first companies in Italy to achieve many inclusion milestones, such as formalizing flexible working around the world and becoming the first Italian company to support the United Nations Standards of Conduct for Business Against LGBTQ+ Discrimination in the Workplace.
We have learned a lot and made significant progress in Diversity & Inclusion, but we still have more work to do. Barilla is more determined than ever to create a diverse and inclusive company that supports its employees equally, that provides equal opportunity, that respects its customers and consumers, and that creates an even more inclusive environment for all.

Fabio Pettenati
Vice President Supply Chain Region America

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