Barilla Group has published a new sustainability report, providing the results achieved by the Parma-based company for the well-being of people, the environment, and communities.
Over the past decade, Barilla Group has increased the amount of its main raw materials (durum wheat, soft wheat, rye, basil, tomatoes, cocoa, and vegetable oils) grown in a sustainable way to 70%. The company also recently initiated the Carta del Basilico (“Basil Charter”), a policy that guarantees social and environmental sustainability for a key ingredient in Barilla ready-made sauces and pesto.
Since 2010, the company also has reduced its CO2eq emissions by 31% and its water consumption by 18%, both per ton of finished product. In addition, four of the Barilla brands are now carbon neutral. Plus, today, 64% of the company’s electricity comes from certified renewable sources, and in Italy, the Barilla Group now uses 100% of packaging designed to be recyclable. Worldwide, the company’s recyclable packaging use has reached 99.7%.
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Underpinning the Barilla Group’s commitment to sustainability is a purpose that encompasses in a few words the rationale for the way it does business: “The joy of food for a better life,” a concept that transcends good food to refer to people’s happiness and holistic well-being, which begins most of all with “taste.” All the Barilla Group brands are contributing to this journey, offering not only foodstuffs, but also the joy that can be taken from good food, well-made with selected ingredients.
The Barilla Group has also confirmed its tangible commitment to ensure access to food, enhance inclusion, and support local development. A total of €12 million has been invested, and more than 2,700 tons of products were donated in 2021.